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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.

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.

Fractured Hip in Albuquerque Hit by Car Accident

- Mark Caruso

When a Pedestrian is Hit by a Car in an Albuquerque Car Accident, A Fractured Hip is a Common Injury and Very Serious Potentially Devastating

A lot of people fear getting hit with a car, and for good reason.  A pedestrian is not protected with airbags, a seatbelt, side curtains, or in a steel shell of a car to protect them.  Many times a pedestrian may not even see the car coming which can result in even worse injuries, particularly to the neck or back.  Fractured bones are very common, no matter what age the victim is.  A common bone which is fractured in an Albuquerque car accident hitting a pedestrian is the pelvis or hip.  This is because the hip is at the level his is commonly first impacted by the car, thus it is an area of trauma.  But the hip and pelvis is also an area of the body which is usually thrown to the ground and absorbs the impact of falling.  As a result, this very strong and sturdy bone become injured and breaks.

If you or a loved one have been injured after being hit by a car in an Albuquerque car accident, call the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We offer a FREE case evaluation for all injured in New Mexico accidents, and we can help protect your rights to compensation.  We understand how painful the injuries for a fracture hip can be, and we know what is reasonable compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, future medical expenses, and we can calculate your lost earnings and income.  Learn how we can help you today by calling our experienced team today.

Fractured Hip After Being Hit by a Car

A fractured hip is a very serious type of fracture.  This type of injury is no joke, no matter how old the victim is.  For young children, a fractured hip and lead to a life-long complication with the child’s legs.  It can lead to early arthritis and limit a child’s athletic ability.  It can even damage growth plates slowly a child’s development or permanent cause imbalances.

For an elderly victim, unfortunately a fractured hip can be the beginning of the end.  This type of injury can greatly impact an elderly victim’s life and mobility, and greatly effect a victim’s emotional well-being.  Infections from surgeries to repair the damage are common, and if a hip replacement is required, it can seriously cause life-threatening complications.

But for all patients, a fractured hip can result in very complicated surgeries.  This can be surgery with painful hardware being installed which includes rods, pins, screws, and plates.  This type of surgery is invasive, painful, and may result in future surgeries to adjust what was done.  It will also cause very large scars and injuries.  For very bad fractured hips, a partial or total hip replacement may be required.  It goes without saying that this is a very bad injury which can be a life-long problem.

Liability in Albuquerque Car Accidents After Being Hit by a Car

Drivers owe a duty of care to use reasonable care in the use and operation of their motor vehicle.  This includes a duty to see what there is to be seen.  This does not just include other motor vehicles, but also pedestrians in and around the roadway.  Even if a pedestrian is cutting out into the street between two cars, drivers must guard against this if a reasonable driver would have.  That is, a driver must prevent hitting a pedestrian in a car accident.

When a driver fails to exercise reasonable care, and such failure causes personal injuries, the driver can be liable for all personal injuries caused by the car accident.  This includes not only past medical expenses, such as the emergency room bill and the surgery to repair, but also future medical expenses such as future surgeries which may need to be completed.  If the victim of a car accident is killed, the defendant may be liable for lost wages, income, and consortium to an entire family.

Hit by a Car and Fractured Your Hip?  Get Represented TODAY!

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.

Orbital Blowout Fractures in New Mexico Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Understanding Orbital Blowout Fractures Caused by New Mexico Car Accidents

All injuries caused by a New Mexico car accident can cause debilitating pain, disability, and financial burdens on a victim and on a family.  None are more true than an orbital blowout fracture.  These fractures can permanently damage a victim’s eye, distort a person’s face, and require permanent hardware in a person’s face to reconstruct the damage done.

Since orbital blowout fractures require extensive treatment, including surgery and possibly multiple surgeries, there expenses are quickly stack up and overwhelm a victim and his or her family.  Therefore, if you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico car accident and suffered an orbital blowout fracture, contact our experienced attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by calling (505) 883-5000.  We will work to protect your rights to compensation to ensure you get the compensation you desire for your injuries.

Orbital Blowout Fractures from New Mexico Car Accidents

Orbital blowout fractures are some of the worst types of injuries a victim can sustain.  These are incredibly painful and require extensive treatment.  An orbital blowout fracture is a fracture of one or more of the facial bones surrounding the eye.  These bones create a “floor” under and around the eye.  The “orbit” is the bones surrounding the eye; it is essentially the hole in the skull where the eye sits.

Thus, an orbital blowout fracture is when the floor of the orbit fractures and loses its shape, therefore causing the eye to sit differently, not move properly, and even sink into the orbit or skull.  If an orbital blowout fracture is not repaired quickly and properly, it can lead to permit vision loss.

Treatment usually requires surgery to place plates on the orbital floor to support the eye and the damages bones.  Other surgery such as adjusting the eyelids, known as a blepharoplasty, which can be painful and take a long time to heal.

Causes of Orbital Blowout Fractures in New Mexico Car Accidents

Orbital blowout fractures take a lot of force to cause.  It is a traumatic injury to the face head-on or on the side of the skull.  Common causes of orbital blowout fractures include the following:

  • Airbag injuries;
  • Head-on collisions;
  • Ejected through the windshield;
  • Hitting the steering wheel or windshield;
  • Hitting the side of the car door;
  • Foreign objects in the car or coming through the windshield;
  • Crushing injuries in the vehicle;
  • Rollover car accidents;
  • Trucking accidents;
  • and many other types of car accidents.

Call Our New Mexico Car Accidents Attorneys if you Suffered an Orbital Blowout Fracture

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.

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.