Broken bones are commonly suffered in car accidents. Depending on the particular bone or bones broken, an individual can experience varying severities of pain and physical limitation. While some broken bones may heal relatively quickly and be more of an inconvenience than anything else, other broken bones can be extremely painful and cause long-term discomfort.
One of these bones is the femur, which is the big bone found in the upper, or thigh, part of the leg. Since this bone supports much of the body's weight during walking, it can be extremely challenging to carry out daily tasks when this bone is broken. Additionally, because of this bone's size, a break can be extremely painful. Signs of a broken femur include a crooked appearance of the leg, severe pain, an inability to put weight on that leg and an appearance that the injured leg is shorter than the other one.
Most broken femurs require surgical attention, with a metal rod inserted into the leg and screwed to the bone to hold it together. However, there may be additional complications associated with a broken femur, including damage to surrounding muscles and ligaments. Rest and medication may be important to reduce the risk of infection and blood clots, as well as to minimize pain.
Although there are severe physical ramifications associated with a broken femur, the financial damages can be significant, too. Excessive medical expenses may accumulate, and missed work may lead to lost wages. All told, these damages can leave an injured individual facing tough financial circumstances during a time when pain may be overwhelming. If such an injury was suffered in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, legal action may lead to the recovery of compensation to offset these damages.