Broken bones are injuries common following a truck accident. With these injuries, you can lose mobility or deal with a permanent impairment. This means that you won’t be able to work, provide and care for your loved ones, or take part in daily activities. Thankfully, a truck accident lawyer can help you secure monetary compensation for your injuries and losses, so you can rebuild your life.
Fractures that Can be Suffered by Truck Accident Victims
The of broken bones you may sustain in a truck accident depends on the unique circumstances of the crash. For example, when a truck hits a passenger vehicle, the driver of the smaller vehicle may hit the dashboard, leading to broken fingers, arms, and wrists. Additionally, the force of the impact may lead to neck and spine breaks, resulting in paralysis. Thus, the victims must only be moved by first responders. Other fractures include broken hips, legs, clavicles, and ribs. Hip fractures can take at least nine months to fully heal. Because of immobility, these injuries may lead to severe complications like pneumonia, blood clots, and bedsores.
Moreover, skull fractures can involve traumatic brain injuries. They are possible when the head of a victim hits hard surfaces such as the dashboard and the steering wheel. Serious skull fractures can lead to seizures, brain bleeds, cerebrospinal fluid leakage, and brain damage. Symptoms of these fractures include dizziness, confusion, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, as well as headaches.
Signs of Broken Bones
When you break a bone, you can experience serious pain. But the shock you experience after the accident may temporarily mask your pain. Other symptoms you may experience include swelling, inability to move, bruising, and inability to place weight on the area where the broken bone is located. It’s important to seek immediate medical attention following a truck accident. Medical providers will order an X-ray to determine if you have broken bones.
If you sustained serious broken bones after being in a truck accident due to the negligent actions of another party, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you get in touch with a lawyer the sooner they can collect evidence that can be used to support your injury claim. Your attorney will make sure you will be compensated for all the damages you have to sustain including medical expenses, emotional distress, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and lost earning capacity.