Lower leg fractures are commonly caused by auto accidents, causing financial and physical problems for the victim.
Many leg fractures occur in frontal collisions when the person is not wearing a seat belt and the legs are violently thrown against the dashboard. Lower leg fractures are common in motor cycle accidents as well. A person who has suffered from a fractured leg caused by a car accident may need to consult with a St. Louis car accident attorney.
Broken Fibula vs. Broken Tibia
The lower leg has two long bones, the tibia and the fibula. The tibia is a relatively short bone and performs the load carrying work, while the fibula is long and thin and attaches the knee and ankle to the tibia. It is often difficult to fracture the longer bone without fracturing the smaller one. However, the reverse is not true.
Broken Leg Complications
Compared to all other longer bones in the body, the tibia is the one that does not heal naturally, even if best treatment techniques are used. Treating a broken tibia often requires a prolonged hospital stay. Common complications associated with tibia fractures are:
- Missed torn artery.
- Compartment syndrome.
- Paroneal nerve injury that can cause foot drop.
- Pressure syndrome can severely restrict oxygen supply to nerves and muscles below the facture and can cause gangrene, which may lead to amputation and even death.
- Infections from open wounds can be resistant to treatment.
- Fat in soft tissues can enter the bloodstream and cause occlusion of vessels.
- Casts applied to treat the fracture can restrict circulation and can make the effects of compartment syndrome even worse.
Treatment and Recovery of Leg Fractures
It is important that the tibia heals in a good position, so that it will be able to bear weight normally. In many cases, surgery may be required to attach the broken pieces of bone in place. Surgery involves placing pins, plates, and screws into the bones to attach the pieces in place. Traction equipment may also be used to hold the alignment in place. The treatment often requires the patient to be confined to bed for a prolonged period. This long period of immobility can cause other major problems as well. Even if the surgery goes well, the recovery can be long and difficult. The whole recovery process can be both physically and emotionally taxing for the patient. The patient may have to miss work for a long period and may not be able to perform physically straining activities for a long time. Any delay in treatment can cause irreversible damage and permanent disability.
If you have suffered a lower leg fracture as a result of a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, immediately consult a St. Louis car accident lawyer. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242. We will help you recover compensation for wage loss and medical expenses, including those related to any surgeries required.