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Car Accident Femoral Shaft Fracture Lawsuit Lawyers


January 04, 2022

The femur, also known as the "thighbone," is the longest and strongest bone in the human body. The femur bone starts at the pelvis' "ball-and-socket" joint to the tibia (the shinbone). According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), motorcycle and car accidents are the number one cause of broken femurs. Femur fractures are severe injuries that require emergency medical treatment. Medical treatment varies depending on the bone's break pattern, the extent of the damage, and the location of the fracture. 

What Are Femoral Shaft Fractures?

The long, straight portion of the femur is called the femoral shaft. Any fracture along this region of the femur is called a femoral shaft fracture. Femoral Shaft Fractures typically require surgery. Doctors often put the patient's leg in traction, known as a long-leg splint, until the surgical repair.

What Causes Femoral Shaft Fractures?

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a broken femur is typically caused by motor vehicle accidents, such as:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Cycling accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents

What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Femur Shaft Fracture?

The most common symptoms of a Femur Shaft Fracture include:

  • Immediate and severe pain in the thigh region
  • Inability to walk or move the leg
  • Numbness, bruising, tingling, swelling, muscle pain, and/or bleeding
  • Deformity or shortening of the affected leg

Are Femur Fractures Life-Threatening Injuries?

A femur fracture can be a serious and life-threatening injury. An accident victim with a femur fracture will likely require prompt hospitalization to protect the injured leg from further damage. The signs of a life-threatening femur shaft break may include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Excruciating pain in the thigh 
  • Blood gushing from the fractured area
  • Mental confusion
  • Inability to move the injured leg
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Fragments of bone poking through the skin

What Are the Most Common Femoral Shaft Fracture Risk Factors?

There are many risk factors leading to a fractured femur. The biggest risk factors are gender and age. According to the American Bone Health, the following are risk factors for sustaining a Femoral fracture:

  • Steroids (Corticosteroids): Steroids are frequently prescribed to treat inflammatory conditions. When steroids are used for long periods of time, calcium begins to be stripped from the body and pass through the patient's urine stream. Steroids also prevent bone growth and cause the gastrointestinal tract to reduce absorption. 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: An autoimmune disease that causes the body to fight healthy cells around the joints. The condition causes severe bone and joint loss.
  • Smoking: According to the National Institute of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases, smoking is a risk factor for bone loss. 
  • Alcohol: Excessive alcohol consumption influences bone structure and mass.

How Long Does It Take to Heal from a Femur Fracture?

Usually, femur fractures take about six weeks to heal. However, the amount of time necessary to heal from a fracture depends on the location of the fracture(s) and if there are any complications. When surgery is required, the healing process can take more time. The femur fracture recovery process may take anywhere from three months to one year or longer. The femur fracture needs to be cast during the initial three months, and no weight should be put on the leg. Crutches are necessary to avoid putting any weight on the fracture.

Motorcycle & Motor Vehicle Accident and Broken Legs

The accidents that cause a majority of femur shaft fractures include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Tailgating
  • Running stop signs and red lights 
  • Speeding 

What is a Femur Fracture Case Worth?

If you or a loved one suffered a broken femur in an accident caused by another's negligence, you could be eligible to file for personal injury compensation. This can include economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Lost wages 
  • Loss of future earning potential
  • Loss of consortium 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Past medical expenses that are deemed reasonable and necessary
  • Medical treatment costs and expenses.
  • Pain and suffering

All injury cases are different, and the amount of monetary compensation varies from claim to claim. To determine if you or your loved one have a claim, call our femur fracture injury attorneys today.

What Are the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Every state has its own time deadline for filing an injury lawsuit. These deadlines are known as the statute of limitations. The timed deadline may be shorter or longer depending on the facts of the case and those involved in the accident. If the injury case statute of limitations passes, the court could dismiss the case, and the injury claimant could lose their right to compensation. Moreover, personal injury claims against government entities are subject to a shorter statute of limitations in many jurisdictions. 

Which Aspects Affect the Value of a Femoral Shaft Fracture Claim?

The characteristics that affect the value of a fractured femur settlement include the following:

  • The location and type of fracture
  • The extent of the damages 
  • How did the fractured femur impact the claimant's life, work, or future earnings?
  • How did the incident occur?
  • Are there any permanent disabilities as a result of the injury?

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Sources:

https://americanbonehealth.org/fracture/fracture-risk-factors/

https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/osteoporosis/conditions-behaviors/bone-smoking

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/femur-shaft-fractures-broken-thighbone/

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