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Vehicle accidents: Fractures are more complex than you may think

Breaking one or more bones is one of the most common injuries suffered in Oklahoma motor vehicle accidents. Despite the pain and the downtime victims experience after fractures, most of them believe it is a simple matter to recover from such injuries. However, some bone fractures are much more complicated and require a long time to heal properly.

The normally sturdy bones of the human skeleton cannot withstand the force involved in most motor vehicle accidents. As a result, they may break when such force is applied. There are many different types of fractures, some of them relatively simple and others very complex. See below for two examples of complex bone fractures.

Pelvic fractures frequently occur in motor vehicle accidents. Most orthopedic doctors consider these breaks serious and even life-threatening in some cases. They often require one or more surgeries combined with patient therapy to heal properly and allow the victim to resume his or her "normal" life.

Skull fractures can also occur in serious motor vehicle accidents. A minor fracture may heal quickly and result in very few, if any, complications. However, moderate to severe fractures can prove much more problematic to victims. According to Medical News Today, about 25% of patients with moderate skull injuries will experience some degree of disability. Severe skull injuries can result in death or leave the victim in a permanent vegetative state.

Typically, victims of motor vehicle accidents do not immediately understand the full nature of their injuries. As such, many of them rule out legal action as a financial solution. A wiser approach is to wait until a physician gives you a prognosis or to consult with an injury lawyer right away. This preserves your right to file a claim against the other motorist, which can provide you with enough compensation to get the best medical care.

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