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Internal Injuries from New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crashes Can Cause Serious Internal Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents can cause very serious personal injuries, particularly high-speed crashes or trucking collisions.  One type of very serious personal injury is an internal injury.  These types of injuries can range from brain injuries to ruptured organs, and even just internal bleeding which can be deadly.  The problem with internal injuries is that they do not always manifest symptoms, meaning that a patient can be seriously injured and leave the scene of an accident with getting treatment because he or she does not think there is an injury.  But later, there could be life-threatening complications.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico motor vehicle accident and suffered internal injuries in Albuquerque, Law Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Gallup, or any other place in New Mexico, call the experienced New Mexico motor vehicle crash attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation for your injuries.  Receive a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 and learn what your rights are now!

Types of Internal Injuries Caused by New Mexico Motor Vehicle Collisions

There are many different types of internal injuries which could be caused by New Mexico motor vehicle accidents.  This includes some very serious personal injuries which could kill a victim without warning.  Some common types of internal injuries following a motor vehicle crash include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Fractured ribs;
  • Internal hemorrhaging or bleeding;
  • Ruptured organ;
  • Liver damage;
  • Kidney damage
  • Brain bleeding or hemorrhaging;
  • Punctured lung;
  • Aorta damage, aneurysm, or rupture;
  • Crushed pelvis;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries such as narrowing of the spinal canal; and
  • Many other types of serious internal injuries.

Victims can be Compensated for Internal Injuries in New Mexico Crashes

A victim injured in a New Mexico motor vehicle crash suffering internal injuries can receive compensation for a variety of damages.  The most common is pain and suffering, which is broken down into past pain and suffering (from the point of the accident to settlement or trial) and future pain and suffering (from the point of settlement or trial to the end of a patient’s life expectancy).

Financial expenses such as lost wages is also common, which is the amount of money that a victim would have earned had he or she not been injured.  This is just lost time from work caused by the accident and the healing or treatment.  Lost earnings is also a type of injury, which is the lost earning that a victim would have earned but can no longer perform the same job and therefore has lost earnings.  Said differently, a victim can no longer perform the same job and has to take a new job at a lower pay.

Medical expenses, treatment, bills, surgeries, and other medically-related expenses is also a type of damage which can be compensated in a personal injury lawsuit.

Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to Learn About Your Rights to Compensation for Internal Injuries in a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

New Mexico Trucking Accidents and Broken Bones: A Recipe for Permanent Damage

- Mark Caruso

Broken Bones Are Common Injuries in New Mexico Trucking Accidents and Can Lead to Serious, Permanent, and Prolonged Future Injuries

No one wants to be in any motor vehicle accident.  But if someone had to choose, he or she certainly would pick anything but a trucking accident with a tractor trailer, flatbed, tanker, or other large commercial truck.  These vehicles are massive and have a lot of momentum.  This means that force behind the truck needs to be dispersed into whatever it hits.  Frequently this means smaller passenger vehicles are mangled and shredded in trucking accidents.  This causes catastrophic injuries to victims, commonly including broken bones.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident causing broken bones, contact the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by calling (505) 883-5000.  We have handled many broken bone cases and we know not just the value of the past pain and suffering, but also the future pain and suffering and injuries.  This may include future surgeries you may not even be aware of.  This is why you need to contact our attorneys for a FREE consultation to learn how we can protect your rights.  There is nothing to lose—you will not pay us anything unless we win your case!

Reasons Why Broken Bones Occur in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Given that commercial trucks are quite large, heavy, and move fast on highways or interstates, it is clear why broken bones are common injuries.  Smaller passenger vehicles just get crumpled in trucking accidents which causes crushing injuries.  These types of crushing injuries easily break bones, even at low speed.

This is because of physics and momentum.  The momentum of a tractor trailer needs to be completely dispersed for it to stop.  Usually this is achieved by its braking system.  But in the event of a crash, the momentum of transferred into whatever the truck hits.  This literally bends metal and scatters bone.

Trucking accidents also cause broken bones just from the shear fact that most trucks are on highways or interstates.  This means the truck is moving at a fast rate of speed.  Not only does this increase momentum, but this reduces reaction time.  This makes an accident more likely and more dangerous.

Types of Broken Bones in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

There are many different types of broken bones which could occur in a trucking accident.  Some of the most common types of broken bones which may allow a victim to receive compensation for include the following:

  • Comminuted fracture – when the bone is broken into several pieces, usually caused by a crushing fracture;
  • Avulsion fracture – when a piece of the bone is separate from the main mass, usually when it is pulled on by a tendon or ligament, or when the bone is impacted forcefully;
  • Buckled fracture – when the bone’s ends are driven into each other as if they were being crushed together, usually in crushing accidents;
  • Traverse fracture – when the bone fractures across the bone on a right angle (perpendicularly), usually in a side impact;
  • Stress fracture – when the bone has small, hairline cracks;
  • Occult fracture – a small fracture in the bone which does not appear on x-rays until the bone begins to heal weeks later, but still very painful and may require surgery;
  • Linear fracture – when the bone breaks parallel to the bone;
  • Oblique fracture – when the break has a curved or sloped pattern, usually with downward force;
  • Spiral fracture – when the bone fracture in a spiral fracture, usually when the bone is twisted to its breaking point; and
  • Compound fractures – when the bone breaks the skin.

Broken Bones in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Can I Be Compensated for Pre-existing Injuries that are Worsened In New Mexico Car Accidents?

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Car Accidents Worsening Pre-existing Injuries Can be Compensated For, but Not Fully and it Can be Difficult to Prove but NOT Impossible

As we get older, our bodies begin to break down.  This is no more true than of the back and spinal column.  This can be worsened by sports in high school or college, or even just normal wear and tear as we age.  Other injuries prior injuries could also cause vulnerable spots on our bodies which can be more susceptible to additional injuries.  We could even be healing from an injury when we are injured in a New Mexico car accident.  This can worsen our preexisting injury or the wear and tear done on our bodies.  But can it be compensated?

Generally, the law is that you take the plaintiff as you find them.  This means that, even if a plaintiff is known as an “egg shell plaintiff”—or a plaintiff who can easily be hurt—the defendant is still liable for the injuries caused.  For example, if a defendant breaks the hip of a healthy, young athlete or an elderly man, the defendant will still be liable for a broken hip.

Where it gets complicated is where the broken hip is caused by some other comorbidity.  In the example above, it could be that the elderly man as arthritis which lowers the value of a broken hip.  Or perhaps the athlete previously suffered a broken hip in a football accident.  This would make a second hip fracture less valuable as the hip is already susceptible to arthritis and future pain and suffering.  But the important point in each injury is that, just because there is a comorbidity or prior injury, the victim can be compensated.

A Special Note about Back Injuries in New Mexico Car Accidents

New Mexico car accidents generally cause back injuries or back pain.  This can be particularly because whiplash injuries put a lot of stress on the spine.  But this is also because the spine is very complex and can be easily injured even in low speed collisions.

With back injuries, however, there is almost always the case for a pre-existing back injury or degenerative condition.  In fact, the claim of a degenerative condition in a victim’s back is almost a go-to defense made by a defendant in any motor vehicle accident—even for young victims in their 20s or 30s!  This is particularly because the spine begins to narrow and bare stress from the day we begin to stand.  Most people also complain of back pain at least once in their life, even at a young age.

But again, this degenerative pain in the back is NOT the cause of your current pain and suffering.  Prior to your motor vehicle accident you were not missing work, complaining of pain, or taking pain medication.  After your motor vehicle accident you may be required to endure all or some of these issues.  That does not meant that you cannot be compensated for it, but rather that your compensation may be lowered due to pre-existing injuries.

Thus, any victim can receive compensation for pre-existing injuries.  A victim with prior injuries may not get the same value as a victim without any prior injuries.  But a victim will nonetheless be compensated.  This is a vicious battle sometimes and requires an experienced New Mexico car accident attorney to help prove your entitlement to damages.

Pre-Existing Injuries Can Be Compensated and Can Result in Significant Verdicts in New Mexico Car Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Common Surgeries for Fractured Bones in Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Car Accidents Can Cause Serious and Permanent Injuries, Commonly Broken Bones Which May Require Surgery

No one plans to be in a car accident, but they still occur all too often.  We hope that if we are in a car accident, that we can walk away unharmed.  But that too all too often does not happen, and there are serious injuries.  One of the most common types of injuries in an Albuquerque car accident is a broken bone or a fracture.  This type of injury can literally happen from the toes all the way to the head, and can bring a varying degree of pain and suffering, recovery time, and complications.  Many times a fractured bone will require surgical intervention to fix.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an Albuquerque car accident and suffered a broken bone or fractured bone, contact our experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We have knowledge of both the law and the medicine and can strongly advocate for your position, inform the judge or jury of your injuries, and ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injury.  Contact us today for a FREE consultation to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation in car accidents causing broken bones or fractured bones requiring surgery.

Common Surgeries or Procedures for Broken Bones or Fractured Bones in Albuquerque Car Accidents.

There are generally two types of procedures for broken bones or fractured bones.  One if called a closed reduction, which is when the pieces of broken bone do not need to be manipulated or can be manipulated without opening up the skin to do so.  This could be when the broken bones do not separate, and crunched in, or can be “popped” back into place.  The other type of general surgery is an open reduction, which occurs when the surgeon must cut into the flesh to manipulate the broken pieces of bone to get them to heal properly.

Sometimes an open reduction will require more than just physical manipulation.  Sometimes a car accident causes such significant trauma, such as in tractor trailer truck accidents, where the bone is broken into several pieces that will just not stay together.  When his occurs, a physician may need to use medical hardware to keep the bone pieces in place.  This could be done with a plate, rod, metal bar, pins, or screws.  The hardware it put into the broken pieces of bone to keep them together while they can naturally heal.  Sometimes after the bone has healed, this hardware can be removed in a separate surgery if the patient is experienced pain or discomfortable from the installed hardware.

If You or a Loved One Had Painful Hardware Installed to Fix a Broken Bone from an Albuquerque Car Accident, Call Our Experienced Attorneys Today!

If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an Albuquerque car accident, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000.  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Airbag Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Airbag Injuries Can Be Caused in Albuquerque Car Accidents Due to Various Factors

Airbags are one of the most important safety devices in a motor vehicle.  Unfortunately, sometimes they cause more damage than good.  This could be because of a defect in the airbag, such as deploying too late, too fast or powerful, improperly opening up, or failing to deploy all together.  Additionally, airbags could actually cause worse injuries than may have occurred without them, such as being triggered in a non life-threatening but causing injuries that would not have occurred otherwise.

If you or a loved one were injured in an Albuquerque car accident, contact the experienced attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. if you think an airbag caused or contributed to your injuries.  Every single car accident needs to be investigated so it can be determined whether the airbag was a contributing factor in your car accident.  In addition to finding the negligent driver who caused your injuries, you may also be entitled to compensation from your vehicle’s auto-manufacturer or repair company.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by calling (505) 883-5000.

Common Causes of Defective Airbag Injuries 

There is no question that airbags safe lives and do more good than harm.  But sometimes, an airbag could be the cause—sometimes even the sole cause—of an injury to the victim of an Albuquerque car accident.  Some common causes of airbag injuries include the following:

Failure to Deploy – sometimes an airbag does not deploy when it is supposed to, which can result in serious personal injuries that an airbag could have prevented.  This is particularly dangerous when there is a serious or high speed collision which the driver relies on the airbag to help mitigate or prevent injuries.

Too fact or Powerful Deployment – sometimes instead of not deploying the airbag actually deploys too quickly and too powerfully.  This could be because the airbag was overpacked with its charge, or defectively manufactured with a design defect or individual product defect.  Injuries in an excessively powerful airbag can cause significant head and facial injuries.

Late DeploymentWhat can even be the worst is when the airbag deploys late, thus propelling the victim into the apparatus which could cause injuries like the steering wheel or dashboard before deploying and causing additional injuries.  This can also be very dangerous because the victim could be closer to the steering wheel than he or she should be when the airbag deploys, causing serious injury.

Common Injuries Caused by Airbags in Albuquerque Car Accidents

In addition to the injuries which could normally be caused by a car accident, sometimes airbags can cause serious injuries by virtue of just deploying.  Remember, there is an explosive charge in every airbag.  This is a serious force that comes out to protect a car accident victim.  Usually an airbag does its job, but sometimes it does not.

When an airbag does not do its job very well, it can cause the following injuries:

Airbag Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents Should be Investigated by Us!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to an airbag injury, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Broken Bones from Albuquerque Pedestrian Hit by Car Accident

- Mark Caruso

Pedestrians Hit by Cars Causing Broken Bones in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Whenever a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle it can result in serious personal injuries or even death.  This is an obvious fact as pedestrians are not protected by anything; they are not enclosed in a steel shell of a motor vehicle, they do not have helmets on, there are no airbags or seatbelts to mitigate damage, and they usually do not see the impact prior to it happening so they cannot brace themselves properly.  Broken bones are very common.  This is why pedestrian knockdown cases are some of the most serious cases that a personal injury attorney can handle.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed in an Albuquerque pedestrian hit by car accident causing broken bones, contact our experienced Albuquerque pedestrian hit by car attorney today by calling (505) 883-5000 for a FREE case evaluation.  We know that the majority of all pedestrian hit by car cases result in broken bones.  Broken bones can cause significant pain and suffering, as well as placing heavy financial burdens on families because of the medical bills and lost time from work.

Broken Bones in Albuquerque Pedestrian Hit by Car Accidents 

Even at low speeds, when a pedestrian is hit by a car it can result in very serious personal injuries.  Unfortunately, pedestrians are generally hit at a higher rate of speed because a motorist failed to see the pedestrian. The forces expended on the human body can be very high and easily cause broken bones.  Some common broken bones sustained in an Albuquerque pedestrian hit by a car accident include the following:

  • Broken legs;
  • Fractured vertebrae;
  • Cracked skull;
  • Broken arms;
  • Fractured wrists;
  • Crushed hands or feet;
  • Compression fractures on the vertebrae;
  • Compound fractures of the limbs;
  • Comminuted fractures;
  • Broken jaws (TMJ);
  • Fractured ribs;
  • Broken pelvis or hip; and
  • Many other types of fractures.

Contact our Experienced Albuquerque Pedestrian Hit by Car Accident Attorneys if You or a Loved One has Suffered a Broken Bone in an Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a Albuquerque New Mexico car accident causing broken bones, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Personal Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Bus Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Bus Accident Attorney Explains Why Bus Accidents Are So Devastating

It goes without saying that buses are very large vehicles.  They are heavy, bulky, long, and can travel at high speeds.  Because of these factors, they have significant momentum and force behind them.  Whenever a bus collides with another object, whether that be a motor vehicle, motorcyclist, or pedestrian, there will be a large impact which can cause very serious personal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been serious injured or killed in a bus accident, contact the experienced Albuquerque bus accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We have handled many bus accident cases and understand how to obtain the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.  Do not delay, you may be losing rights are you wait.

Common Injuries in Albuquerque Bus Accidents

When a bus collides with another vehicle, there will be significant damage to the other vehicle.  This is true even if the bus was traveling at a slow speed.  Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are particularly susceptible to suffering serious personal injuries in bus accidents because they lack a lot of the protections that motor vehicle occupants have, such as seatbelts, airbags, and even just a steel shell around them.

Some common injuries in bus accidents where you may be entitled to compensation include the following:

  • Broken bones, including broken legs and arms;
  • Fractured vertebrae;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Amputations, particularly hands or feet;
  • Paralysis;
  • Lacerations and significant scars;
  • Injuries to the eyes;
  • Bulging discs or ruptured disc;
  • Need for spinal fusion surgery;
  • Organ damage, including ruptures or collapsed lungs;
  • Knee injuries, including need for arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus, ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL;
  • Shoulder injuries, including need for arthroscopic surgery for a torn rotator cuff or labrum;
  • Need for a total knee replacement;
  • Need for a total shoulder replacement;
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Need for cortisone or pain medication injections;
  • Need for painkillers;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Any of the above injuries or any related or other serious injuries could entitle you to compensation for your bus accident.  These injuries are very expensive and may result in significant financial burdens on you and your family.  If you or a loved one has sustained any of the above injuries or have been disabled and unable to return to work after a bus accident, contact an experienced Albuquerque bus accident attorney today!

The Experienced Choice for Bus Accident Litigation: The Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Albuquerque bus accident, call the experienced Albuquerque bus accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Bicyclist Hit by Car: Albuquerque Bicycle Accident Attorney Explains Common Causes and Injuries

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Bicycle Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries or Death

Many people ride bicycles on a daily basis.  Whether to commute to work, for exercise, or for pure leisure, more and more people are taking to the roads on bicycles.  However, roadways are also becoming more and more crowded due to the increasing number of motor vehicles on the roadways.  This also increases the risk of a collision between a motor vehicle driver and a bicyclist.  There are many laudable initiates such as the share the road program to bring awareness to this growing issue.

But bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles will still happen.  And they are dangerous.  Bicyclists, like motorcyclists, are without the protections of other motor vehicles such as airbags, seat belts, or even just the basic metal shell of other vehicles.  Bicyclists are also smaller in profile and more difficult to spot, particularly during inclement weather or at night.  When there is a bicycle accident with another motor vehicle, it is very likely that the bicyclists will suffer serious personal injuries or death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact the experienced bicycle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultations by calling (505) 883-5000.  We have handled many motor vehicle and bicycle accidents, and understand how to protect your rights to get you the compensation you may be entitled to.

Common Causes of Albuquerque Bicycle Accidents

There are several common causes of bicycle accidents with motor vehicles, most of them are preventable and thus caused by negligence.  Some common causes of bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Failure to check mirrors before turning;
  • Failure to yield to bicyclist;
  • Failure to see bicyclist on roadway due to small size;
  • Difficulty gauging the speed and distance of a bicyclist;
  • Running a stop sign or red light;
  • Speeding and unable to stop in time;
  • Following a bicyclist too closely;
  • Failing to provide enough space between the motor vehicle and the bicyclist when overtaking;
  • Pulling out of a driveway without checking both sides for a bicyclists; and
  • Many other causes.

Common Injuries Caused in a Albuquerque Bicycle Accident

Due to the inherent lack of safety protections, bicycle accidents with motor vehicles almost always cause serious personal injuries, even at low speeds.  Some common injuries caused by bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones;
  • Nerve damage or injuries;
  • Organ damage, particularly liver, spleen, or kidney lacerations or ruptures;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Deep lacerations leaving permanent scars;
  • Torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments, including in the shoulder or knee;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries, particularly to the lower back (lumbar) or neck (cervical);
  • Paralysis;
  • Permanent disfigurement;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Albuquerque bicycle accident, call the experienced Albuquerque bicycle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Common Types of Injuries in an Albuquerque Car Accident

- Mark Caruso

Injuries or Death in Albuquerque Car Accidents

Car accidents can be very violent events.  These large boxes of metal can collide at high speeds which can twist and bend metal, and tear apart thick rubber tires.  It is no surprise that any individuals inside of these motor vehicles can be seriously injured, maimed, or killed.  Even at low speeds car accidents can cause debilitating injuries to the most sensitive and prone areas of our bodies, such as the lower back or neck.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys have handled some very serious and deadly car accident.  We have a strong knowledge base not only on the law, but also on the medicine to help explain a car accident victim’s injuries to the judge or jury.  We understand how devastating it can be for a family to have a member seriously injured or killed as a result of a car accident, and we help take the burden of worrying about the law off the victim’s shoulders and onto ours so the victim can focus on healing.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, please contact us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Most Common Types of Injuries in Albuquerque Car Accidents

There are many different types of potential injuries which could occur in any car accident.  Generally, the higher the speed and the larger the vehicles involved, the worse the injuries following a car accident.  This is why tractor trailer truck accidents, semi accidents, or other large, commercial trucking accidents on interstates or highways are some of the most catastrophic motor vehicle accidents.

The most common types of injuries in car accidents are the following:

  • Whip lash injuries;
  • Broken bones (particularly in the feet, hands, or ribs);
  • Lacerations, cuts, abrasions, or bruises, including deep or large ones causing permanent scars;
  • Back injuries, particularly to the lower back and neck (cervical neck), some which may require surgical intervention such as fusions or discectomies;
  • Burning injuries, especially in truck accidents due to chemicals being transported;
  • Torn rotator cuffs or shoulder injuries, usually due to seatbelts;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Torn or damaged knee cartilage or ligaments, including the meniscus, ACL, LCL, PCL, MCL;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Brachial plexus injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Broken bones in the limbs, like the legs (femur) or arms (humerus);
  • Post-concussion injuries;
  • Airbag injuries, including broken nose or loss of teeth;
  • Embedded glass injuries, particularly in arms or hands;
  • Loss of eye or eyesight due to collision or airbag deployment;
  • Permanent paralysis;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Other serious injuries.

Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Albuquerque car accident, call the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Types of Broken Bones in Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Serious Motor Vehicle Accidents Cause Serious Broken Bones

One of the most common types of injuries following a motor vehicle accident is a broken bone.  It can also be one of the most painful types of injuries.  Broken bones can occur in any type of motor vehicle accident, including rear end collisions, head on crashes, and t-bone collisions.  Broken bones can also occur at any speed, even low speeds in parking lots.

If a New Mexico motor vehicle accident has caused a broken bone to you or a loved one, call the experienced Albuquerque New Mexico motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 859-7046.  We understand that broken bones are very painful and may require a lot of medical treatment, including surgery.  We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Understanding Broken Bones in Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accidents

The medical term for a broken bone is a fracture.  Fractures are diagnosed by a medical professional from an x-ray.  Fractures from motor vehicle accidents can occur anywhere on the broken, from the tip of your toe, pelvis and hip, spinal bones (vertebrae), to your head (jaw and skull).  There are several different types of fractures, which include the following:

  • Transverse fracture – the broken bone has a horizontal fracture line;
  • Oblique fracture – the broken bone has an angled pattern;
  • Comminuted fracture – the broken bone matters into three or more pieces;
  • Open fracture or compound fracture – the broken bone pierces through the skin or the force of the broken bone causes an open wound;
  • Stress fracture – the broken bone has a hairline crack in it;
  • Greenstick fracture – this broken bone occurs when there’s a crack on one side of a bone that doesn’t go all the way through it;
  • Complete fracture – this type of fracture is when a bone is completely broken; and
  • Stable fracture – this type of fracture is where the end of the broken bone are lined up and barely out of place.

Some of these types of broken bones will require what is known as a “reduction.”  A reduction is simply when the medical professional realigns the broken bone.  This can be done as a closed reduction, just manipulated the broken bone without the necessity of surgery.  Or this can be done as an open reduction, which required surgical intervention.  In the case of an open reduction, there is usually painful hardware added to keep the bones in place.

Understanding Spinal Fractures Caused by Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accidents

Spinal fractures are very dangerous and painful injuries to sustain, but are very common in motor vehicle accidents.  This is particularly true of tractor trailer or large commercial trucking accidents, where the shear mass and speed of these massive vehicles can cause catastrophic damage to whatever they collide with.

The spine is made up of a column of bones called vertebrae; this column of bones is known a the vertebral column.  Each individual vertebra sit on top of each other and from from the pelvis to the base of the school.  The spinal cord is in the middle of the vertebral column, and the vertebrae protect the spinal cord from damage.

These vertebrae are very strong and can withstand significant force.  However, they can still be injured in a motor vehicle accident and fractured like any other type of bone.  There are several different types of spinal fractures, and the more common and basic types include the following:

  • Compression fracture – when the individual vertebra is broken and loses height, commonly forming a “wedge” shape when the front of the vertebra fractures but the back of the vertebra does not;
  • Burst fracture – when the individual vertebra is crushed by extreme force, common in motor vehicle accidents;
  • Flexion-distraction fractures – when several vertebrae fracture due to the spinal flexing forward due to a sudden force, such as a motor vehicle accident; and
  • Fracture-dislocation – anytime when a vertebra (or vertebrae) move significantly after being fractured.

Many times with spinal fractures there will need to be multiple x-rays and MRIs performed to check on the safety of the spinal cord.  This is because spinal cord injuries usually occur when a vertebra (or vertebrae) are fractured or otherwise damaged.  As a result, extensive surgery is often required to repair the damage done.

Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Broken Bones Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffered broken bones, call the experienced Albuquerque motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 384-6322  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.