The serious nature of femur fractures

On Behalf of | Sep 4, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accident |

Many car crashes in Louisiana end in femur fractures, especially among pedestrians and motorcyclists. The femur, or thighbone, is the strongest bone in the body and thus takes a lot of force to be broken. When it is, it can have life-threatening effects like blood clots and blood loss. Victims may even get their leg infected if the fractured bone protrudes from their skin.

Where the femur can be fractured

Most crash-related femur fractures occur along the length of the bone, called the shaft. At the end that attaches to the hip joint are the femoral head and neck. The femoral head can be harmed in a hip dislocation. Elderly people with brittle bones are more likely to break the femoral neck in a fall. Opposite the head and neck is the distal end, which attaches to the knee joint.

Knee fractures and femoral shaft fractures are most common in high-impact car accidents. Such accidents are, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the number one cause of all femur fractures.

The nature of medical treatment

Those who fracture their femur may need metal rods put in place to realign the bone. Plates, screws and wires may be inserted as well. Afterwards, victims may need medications to deal with the pain and physical therapy to regain strength in their leg.

Seeking compensation after an injury

When motor vehicle accidents lead to serious injuries, they can form the basis for a personal injury claim. Filing such a claim is not easy, so you may want legal assistance. A lawyer may represent you at the negotiation table and take your case to court if the insurance company does not agree to a reasonable settlement. Before that, you may leave it to the lawyer and his or her team of investigators to gather evidence of negligence.