A fracture, as used to describe an injury, is simply another word for a broken bone. We see many types of injuries in motorcycle accidents and broken bones are a frequent injury we see. (See Results for some of our settlements).
Types of fractures frequently seen in motorcycle accidents:
When representing a motorcyclist, it’s extremely important to look not just at the current injury but at what will happen to the injury later in life. Fractures involving a joint such as a wrist, elbow, knee or ankle will develop traumatic arthritis in the future and your settlement must reflect this future injury.
This study concerns the characteristics of lower-extremity injuries among motorcyclists and the cost of different types of lower-extremity injuries and long-term disabilities that might result from these injuries.
Lower limb fractures can result in other significant long-term and future injuries such as the ankle fracture seen below. Soon after the injury, pain of the opposite hip was experienced because of limping. Traumatic arthritis will develop and continue to worsen not only in his ankle but in the opposite hip and then the other hip.
The motorcyclist’s doctors were recommending ankle fusion but the motorcyclist was trying to avoid such significant surgery. The motorcyclist may require ankle replacement in the future.
This photo shows the motorcyclist’s broken ankle with external fixation. The broken ankle required surgery which was performed using a fixating device from the outside of his ankle and leg. This case settled for 6 figures although the motorcyclist was very drunk at the time of his motorcycle accident. (Just because you are drunk, it doesn’t mean you caused the accident)
The x-ray below shows internal fixation for a fractured forearm. Internal fixation is where plates are used to hold the broken bones together. The plates are installed using screws to anchor the plates to the bone. The x-ray shows a surgically repaired fracture at the base of the forearm.
This injury resulted in long-term residual problems including a nerve injury which caused his thumb to lock. This nerve injury can worsen in the future with continued irritation and cause significant difficulty performing daily functions because of the thumb locking up. It can even cause another accident when the thumb locks up unexpectedly. Future traumatic arthritis will also worsen the injury. The surgery to repair a broken bone results in a large scar which is also a significant part of the case.
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