Broken leg injuries are rather common throughout Florida and the United States. The legs are essentially composed of four bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves, and other necessary parts to help us perform activities of daily living. However, when a broken leg injury occurs, this can severely hinder our ability to perform these activities.
If you or a family member is suffering from a broken leg injury due to the negligence of another individual, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for any losses and damages that may have occurred including; pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of wages, and property damage.
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Basic Anatomy of the Leg
Recognizing the basic components which make up the leg will allow us to better understand what happens when the leg breaks. A leg break can affect many of the other components which make up the leg and cause them to lose certain functions necessary to carry out activities.
The bones and joints of the leg include:
- Femur – This is the longest and strongest bone in the body averaging 19.9 inches. The femur makes up roughly 26 percent of an individual’s height and composes the thigh extending from the hip to the knee.
- Tibia – The tibia is the second longest bone in the body and averages 16.9 inches. In many instances it will be referred to as the “shin bone”, while it is also one of two bones composing the lower leg. This is the most frequently broken long bone in the human body.
- Fibula – The fibula is the third longest bone in the body and averages 15.9 inches. It is located on the outside of the lower leg and is considered a non-weight bearing bone.
- Patella – The patella, also known as the “knee cap”, is the largest sesamoid bone in the body. This bone articulates with the femur and is used to cover and protect the anterior “front” of the knee joint.
- Hip – The hips main function is to provide support for the entire body while standing still or during movement. The hips are also used to balance and maintain posture.
- Knee – The knee consists of two primary articulations between the tibia and femur and between the patella and femur. The knee is the largest joint in the body and allows for the leg to flex, extend and rotate. It also supports almost the entire weight of the human body, thus it is extremely susceptible to injuries.
- Ankle – The ankle is one of the most complex joints in the body and is located at the bottom of the leg, where it connects the lower leg to the foot. It is composed of three joints; the talocrural, subtalar, and tibiofibular joint. These joints play a huge role in the movement of the lower body.
When any of these areas of the leg are broken, it can cause serious problems and impair an individual’s ability to move, thus the individual may have grounds to receive compensation for their injuries.
Leg Fracture Types
In most cases, a broken leg will be referred to as a fracture. There are many different types of fractures that can occur; therefore it is imperative to receive medical attention immediately after becoming injured. This will also prevent from further complications and greatly reduce the pain and swelling associated with these types of injuries.
A few types of fractures include:
- Closed Fracture – The broken bone does not penetrate the skin.
- Open Fracture – The broken bone has penetrated through the skin.
- Complete Fracture – The fragments in the bone have completely separated.
- Incomplete Fracture – The bone fragments are together partially.
- Transverse Fracture – The fracture is on a right angle to the long axis of the bone.
- Linear Fracture – The break is parallel to the length of the bone.
- Spiral Fracture – The bone has been twisted until it broke.
- Oblique Fracture – The bone has been broken diagonally on the long axis.
- Impacted Fracture – The bone was forced into each other causing a break.
- Avulsion Fracture – The bone has completely separated from the rest.
- Comminuted Fracture – The bone has broken in multiple areas.
If you are suffering from a broken leg injury, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, these medical documents may be used by our attorneys to help formulate a stronger case against the negligent individual whom caused your injury.
Common Causes of a Broken Leg
As there are many different types of leg fractures, there are also many causes of broken leg injuries. Of course, the cause of the broken leg will most likely determine what type of leg fracture has been caused.
A few common causes of a broken leg include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- ATV accidents
- Boat accidents
- Slip and falls
- Work accidents
- Sports related injuries
- Defective products
Of these causes, motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of broken legs in the United States. The force produced by an automobile is enough to break even the strongest bones in the human body, thus our attorneys are here to protect you any way we can.
Contact Our Personal injury attorneys
At Gordon & Partners, we believe that when a negligent individual brings harm to an innocent victim, the victim may become eligible to receive compensation for all losses, damages, and medical expenses that have accumulated from being injured.
With offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, and Pembroke Pines, we are licensed to serve the entire state of Florida.
A few of the areas locations we serve include:
- Palm City
- Port St Lucie
- Hutchinson Island
- White City
- Port Salerno
- High Point
To obtain more information about our personal injury attorneys , or to schedule a free case review, we welcome you to contact our firm at 1 (855) 722-2552 today. Here, members of our intake team will gather information about your injury and quickly connect you with one of our attorneys ready to handle your specific case.
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