Perhaps you were involved in a crash where the other driver was speeding, acting out of road rage or driving drunk. If you suffered a femur fracture, you may be wondering how you can support your family in Hawaii. The first thing you should know is that you’re not alone; the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that car crashes are the number one cause of femur fractures.
The nature of most femur fractures
Chances are that you broke the bone either along the femoral shaft, which is the midsection, or the distal end, which attaches to the knee joint. The upper part, called the femoral head and neck, is rarely broken in a crash. These hip fractures occur more commonly in falls involving the elderly.
The elderly normally experience stress fractures. For adults and adolescents in high-impact car accidents, the fracture can be complete and even involve splintering and displacement.
Consequences of a femur fracture
The fracture itself may not be life-threatening, but the conditions arising out of it can be. Victims may damage blood vessels and suffer blood loss. If the bone protrudes from the skin, the wound can become infected.
Only rarely will it suffice for victims to get a cast and some crutches. Doctors may need to surgically implant metal rods, plates and screws into the femur to reattach the broken parts and realign the bone. Patients may require an intravenous antibiotic. Afterwards, they may be told to stick to a regular exercise regimen to strengthen their leg once again.
Being reimbursed for your losses
The cost of surgery, pain medications and rehabilitative care could be piling up, and if you were not responsible for the car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. This is where a lawyer may come in and help you navigate the process of filing a claim. The lawyer might even need to bring in third-party crash investigators to strengthen the case. You may leave all settlement negotiations to your lawyer.