Arizonans who are injured in a car accident can suffer extensive harm. Sure, some car accident victims are fortunate enough to escape a wreck with mere bumps, bruises or minor cuts, but others suffer injuries that can wreak havoc on their lives. Brain and spinal cord injuries are the most obvious of these injuries, as they can result in permanent disability and the need for long-term care.
Yet, even moderate injuries can have a profound impact on an individual's life. A broken leg, for example, can necessitate extensive medical care, force an individual to take time off work and make one's day-to-day life challenging. There are many types of ways a person's leg can be broken, and each type may require a different course of treatment. A compound fracture, which is a broken leg where the bone protrudes through the skin, typically requires more aggressive treatment to reduce the risk of infection. On the other hand, an individual who suffers a displaced fracture may have to have surgery to realign the bones so that they properly heal.
After a leg is realigned and swelling subsides, immobilization is often necessary to allow the bone to properly heal. This is why broken legs usually have to be casted or splinted, and an individual with a broken leg typically has to utilize crutches for a number of weeks. Pain management is often achieved through the use of medication, and mobility can be built back up through physical therapy. Of course, the long recovery period can be costly, both in medical expenses and lost wages, not to mention the emotional trauma that may accompany the accident that resulted in the injury.
The financial and emotional damage caused by such an injury may be overwhelming, which is why those who suffer a broken leg due to the negligence of another may want to consider whether taking legal action is in their best interests. By doing so, they may be able to recover compensation to help put them on the right path to recovery.