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more about multiple injuries and broken bones claims
Pound for pound, healthy bone is five times stronger than steel, but if a force is applied quickly to a small area (as happens in a car collision for example) bone can break under considerably lower pressure than you might think.
However, unless the bone is visibly displaced and it’s obvious that it is indeed broken, symptoms that accompany fractures such as pain, swelling and localised deformity can often be misinterpreted as a simple sprain or a strain.
The only absolutely sure way to identify this type of injury 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.
Some breaks may require lengthy surgery just to get at the fracture site and it may be necessary to insert pins or plates. Further surgery to remove those pins or plates can lead to a great deal of discomfort as well as unsightly scarring.
If you have sustained a single fracture or multiple injuries and broken bones in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.