When motorcyclists or pedestrians in Georgia are struck by an automobile, they are vulnerable to a number of different lower body injuries. Of these types of injuries, femur fractures are among the most serious and painful.
How do motor vehicle accidents cause femur fractures?
Your femur bones run from your hip sockets to the tops of your knees. They are long and extremely strong, meaning that it takes a great deal of force to break them. The force of being struck by a car is sufficient to break a femur bone. In fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, car accidents are the top cause of femur bone fractures in the United States. Because it takes so much force to break your femur, the impact may also cause severe damage to your surrounding muscles, ligaments and blood vessels. If the break is a compound fracture, which means the femur bone protrudes through your skin, you could also develop an infection.
Treatment options for femur fractures depend on the severity of the break. If you suffer a clean fracture with little surrounding damage to tissues, doctors may simply place your leg in a cast for several weeks. However, many femur fractures require surgery to stabilize the bone with metal rods, screws and plates. If you suffer a compound fracture, you could also require surgery to repair damaged muscles, blood vessels and tissues. In addition, you may be given antibiotics to prevent infection and prescribed painkillers to ease your discomfort.
What legal help is available for femur fracture victims?
If you suffer a femur fracture in a car accident caused by another driver, you may be owed compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and more. A motor vehicle crash attorney could review the details of your case and help determine if legal action is warranted. If you choose to move forward with a lawsuit, the attorney could help you gather police reports, medical records and other evidence to support your claim. your lawyer also could file a lawsuit and push for the maximum compensation possible, either through settlement or jury trial.