- Broken bones are typically classified according to the nature of the fracture.
- Compound fractures involve a complete break and separation of the bone where one or more pieces protrude through the skin. Since the skin is pierced, there is a high risk of infection involving the bone.
- A displaced fracture involves a complete break of the bone where the pieces shift out of alignment.
- A non-displaced fracture involves a complete break of the bone; however, the pieces remain in proper alignment.
- Greenstick fractures are incomplete fractures of the bone that occurs when the bone is bent by impact or pressure. These types of fractures are most common in children since their bones are more flexible than those of adults.
- A transverse fracture involves a break straight across the bone at a right angle.
- Oblique fractures curve or angle across the bone and are often caused by twisting forces.
- Linear fractures run parallel with the bone and occur most often in the long bones of the arms and legs.
- Spiral fractures occur when a portion of the bone is twisted. A back seat passenger in a vehicle accident may sustain a spiral fracture when their feet are caught under the front seat during the impact.
- A comminuted fracture involves a shattering of the bone into multiple pieces resulting from multiple impact points.
- An impacted or buckle fracture occurs when the ends of two bones are forced into each other.
Compensation Available for Broken Bone Injury Victims
When an individual suffers a broken bone because of another party's negligence, the law allows them to receive compensation for their damages, including:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life