Almost any bone in the body can be broken or fractured. Injuries run from the seemingly trivial broken finger or toe to the more obvious broken leg, arm or wrist. More serious breaks such as a fractured skull could lead to a brain injury .
However, unless the bone is visibly displaced, symptoms that accompany fractures such as pain, swelling and localised deformity can often be misinterpreted and misdiagnosed as a simple sprain or a strain. The best way to identify a bone fracture is through an x-ray or a CT scan.
The more common types of stable fracture involve a clean break with relatively few outward signs of injury, although a broken bone can penetrate the skin in a compound fracture. Comminuted fractures, where the bone shatters into several pieces, are frequently seen in falls from height.
Where a fracture involves a joint such as the hips, wrists, elbows, knees, thumb or fingers, there is an increased risk of developing arthritis in later years. Regardless of the severity, any type of cracked or broken bone can have a painful and ongoing impact on your health and mobility.
Whatever the cause of your broken or fractured bones or whether you have to endure the consequences of a misdiagnosed fracture, Access Legal's experienced national team of solicitors can help you with a claim to fund the prompt treatment, physiotherapy and rehabilitation you need.