Bicycle and Automobile Accident Lawyer in Mobile
About Multiple Leg Fractures
Often, cyclists in Alabama are struck by automobiles with devastating consequences. Lower limb fractures are common to this type of high-velocity collision between a car or bicycle and a pedestrian because the shafts of the tibia and fibula are at the level of the bumper. These injuries prove to be especially severe when the fractures are comminuted, or broken into bits. To add to this difficulty, there may be nonunion of some of the fragments, even after internal fixation with orthopedic wires called "nails." If you've suffered a leg fracture in an accident caused by another person, contact an Alabama personal injury attorney as soon as possible to begin fighting for the compensation you deserve.
The first event in bone healing at a fracture site is the formation of a blood clot. The bone is very vascular and has many capillaries as well as channels within the dense bone, which carry blood vessels. This system is disrupted when a fracture occurs and the blood spills out in the area around the fracture. This blood clots and is soon invaded by cells that carry away the debris. The site becomes inflamed as is typical of most types of injury. Strong collars of repair bone and some cartilage cells appear in the callus as the mending process progresses. The damaged ends of the bone are usually dead but are soon replaced by repair bone. Many of the repair cells are derived from the healthy osteoblasts (bone-forming cells) in the periosteum, the outer covering of the bone, if it is not too badly damaged.
The damaged fragments of bone may not join together despite proper setting or surgical repair. This is called nonunion. Some cases exhibit a great deal of cartilage in the callus. This weak area may later become bony. Still other fragments may join at an improper angle; this is called malunion. If such an injury was caused by an ATV accident, an ATV accident attorney can seek recovery against either the manufacturer or from a negligent operator.
The attorneys at McAleer Law are here to answer your questions if you have suffered any type of leg fracture caused by the carelessness of another. Contact an Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer at McAleer Law for a free case evaluation - 251-341-0116.