One of the more serious consequences of accidents at work, public slips and falls, or road traffic accidents, is fractured bones. Of these personal injuries, the most wince-inducing is probably a complete fracture.
Complete fractures occur when an accident at work, or elsewhere, is sufficiently serious to cause a break that runs the entire width of the bone. Construction site accidents, for example, often cause this type of fracture given the size and power of the machinery involved.
Complete fractures can be significantly more complicated than other personal injuries for a number of reasons. One of the main issues is that swelling often occurs extremely quickly in the affected area, pushing the two now-separated pieces of bone apart.
For this reason, it is vitally important that, in the immediate aftermath of an accident which causes a complete fracture injury, the injured area is immobilised and medical attention sought rapidly.
One slight positive is the human body’s miraculous ability to begin healing virtually immediately. In the case of complete fractures, it will form a blood clot between the two relevant segments of bone which draws in white blood cells to keep the area clear of both inflammation and infection.
Successful healing of a complete fracture can rely heavily on being able to set the broken bone into a natural position as soon as possible. This action will provide support to the natural healing process and ensure that the bone heals in the correct position.
This treatment requires surgery and the medical team may also decide that the introduction of metallic screws or plates may also be necessary to ensure that the bone remains in the correct position during the healing process.
Splints and casts will also be used in the vast majority of complete fracture injuries to make sure that the bones heal in a natural position.
The recovery time depends on both the severity and location of the complete fracture. It stands to reason that some areas of the body are more complicated in terms of healing than others, whilst additional damage to the surrounding body tissue also plays a part.
Whether your complete fracture was caused by a workplace accident, incident on the road or other, if it wasn’t your fault then you may be due some personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer practical support and guidance from initial consultation to the conclusion of your claim. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.