Broken bone injures caused by a car wreck are not minor injuries. They often require expensive medical treatment and time to heal.
There are four main bones in the leg – patella, femur, tibia, and fibula. The lower leg contains the tibia and the fibula. Both are long bones, with the tibia being a little longer than the fibula. The fibula is the thinnest of the four bones and any injury to the lower leg may affect this bone.
Depending on the severity of the injury, there could be two types of fractures in the tibia and the fibula. One type of injury causes bone fracture but does not result in any bone displacement. The second type of injury is known as a displaced fracture, in which the broken bone is displaced from its usual position and may even penetrate the skin. A displaced fracture may require immediate surgery.
Causes of Tibia and Fibula Fractures
In the event of a car accident, a victim may suffer a heavy blow to the lower leg, leading to a tibia or fibula fracture. Common causes of this type of fracture include:
- car accidents
- pedestrian hit by a car or motorcycle
- slips and falls
Treatment Options for Tibia or Fibula Fractures
Casting: One way to heal a bone fracture is to reposition the broken bone in the proper position and secure the position with a plaster or cast. If you suffer a fibula fracture, the cast is applied to the area around the fracture, such as around the ankle.
Splinting: If you experience inflammation in the area around the fractured bone, your fracture may need to be splinted as well as immobilized. Splinting is also used to immobilize the injured area temporarily before undergoing a surgery.
External Fixation: External fixation is surgery using tools like screws or metal wires to help align the broken bones and keep them secured in their normal position.
Open Reduction Internal Fixation: Open reduction internal fixation surgery works by implanting metal plates into the body of the patient, so as to align and keep the fractured bones in position.
Compensation for Broken Bone Injuries
If you have experienced a broken bone injury due to a car accident, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242. These types of cases are often difficult and complex. We have the experience recovering money to pay for the medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other medical expenses for car accident victims and their family.