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Are broken bones from car accidents serious injuries?

When you are involved in a car accident, you might be injured. One of the injuries that can occur is a broken bone. A broken bone or fractured bone is an injury that requires emergency medical care. If you have a fractured bone or broken bone, you will need to immobilize the area and take steps to prevent infections if the broken bone has penetrated the skin. Our readers in Washington, District of Columbia, might be interested in learning about broken bones.

What causes broken bones?

Motor vehicle accidents, falls and a variety of other factors can cause broken bones. In some cases, direct hits to an area can cause a bone to break. Abuse can also break bones.

What are the symptoms of a broken bone?

A broken bone can cause intense pain, limited mobility, bleeding, tingling, numbness, swelling, visible deformity of the affected area and bruising. These symptoms are also associated with a dislocated bone. Even in that case, immediate medical care is necessary.

Broken bones can be very serious injuries. If you think you have a broken bone or if someone else involved in the accident has a broken bone, the bone must be stabilized prior to moving. If the broken bone is in the upper leg, hip, neck, back, head or pelvis, emergency services should be called. The same is true if the person is bleeding heavily or has a protruding bone.

Diagnosing a broken bone, treating the broken bone and allowing a broken time to heal takes time and money. You might have to miss work and spend money on aids, such as canes. You might opt to pursue compensation for your accident to help recoup some of the money you are out of because of the accident.

Source: MedlinePlus, "Broken Bone" accessed Jan. 21, 2015

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