While many broken bones heal within several weeks, in other cases complications can cause pain and disability. Even a standard fracture can require surgery and time out of work to recover.
Review some of the health problems that can arise from broken bones after a car accident.
Types of fracture complications
Broken bones sometimes lead to these serious complications:
- Nonunion fracture, which does not heal
- Delayed union fracture, which takes longer than expected to heal
- Malunions, or bones that heal incorrectly, resulting in physical deformity
- Osteomyelitis, a bone infection contracted either during the trauma that caused the fracture or surgery to repair the fracture
- Shock resulting from a sudden loss of blood pressure in a traumatic event
Depending on the amount of trauma that occurs with the broken bone, you may experience nerve damage and injury to the surrounding organs, muscles, blood vessels and skin.
Signs of fracture complications
If you or a loved one has broken bones after an auto accident, be aware of signs of dangerous health issues such as:
- Swelling and redness in the affected area
- Drainage from the break
- Impaired mobility even months after the fracture
- Uncontrolled pain
When fracture complications develop, seek immediate medical attention. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics for infections. Breaks that do not heal may require a bone graft or fixation surgery.
If you experience significant injury in a Kentucky auto accident, you may be eligible for legal compensation if another driver caused the incident. Drivers have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit after a motor vehicle crash.