Ottawa Lawyer — As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, one of the many injuries I see that people suffer due to an automobile accident is a broken leg. Because of the often intense force and impact involved in a car accident, broken legs sustained in vehicle collisions can be quite serious and require more medical attention (i.e. surgery) than if the broken leg occurred due another kind of incident, for example, a fall. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your injury. The likelihood of receiving compensation and the amount of compensation you receive depends upon the nature of the break as well as the circumstances surrounding the accident. Usually this means that the accident was not your fault but the result of someone else`s negligence.
Types of Leg Fractures after an Accident
There are a variety of kinds of broken legs or fractures.
- Some fractures involve the bone breaking through the skin (open or compound fracture)
- Some fractures leave the skin intact (closed fracture).
- An incomplete fracture occurs when the bone is only cracked (not actually broken).
- A complete fracture means that the bone is broken into two or more pieces.
Other types of fractures can be even more serious, involving the misalignment of bone fragments which usually requires surgery to correct.
Effects of a Leg Fracture
Broken leg injuries can impact your life in ways other than immediate physical impairment. Having a broken leg reduces or eliminates your mobility for weeks or even months. Due to this, you may not be able to work which can impose a financial burden. In order to recover from a broken leg and regain your mobility and strength, physiotherapy is often required which places demands on your time as well as finances. For these reasons, if you have sustained a fractured or broken leg in a car accident you could benefit from meeting with a personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and help you through this difficult situation.