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Dealing with femur injuries after a car crash

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2023 | Car Accidents |

A fractured femur is one of many injuries you might experience after a car accident while traveling on a Michigan road or highway. You may sustain a femur injury after making contact with a solid surface within the vehicle or because an object makes contact with that part of your body. It’s also possible to suffer this type of injury if you are ejected from your vehicle after impact.

An overview of the femur

The femur is the bone that starts near your hip, runs past your thigh and stops near your knee. It is one of the longest bones in the body and is also one of the strongest. Therefore, femurs are generally only susceptible to fractures in the aftermath of motor vehicle accidents, falls from heights or other serious accidents. You may also be more likely to sustain a fractured femur if you are over 65 or suffer from medical conditions that result in reduced bone density.

Treatment options

Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the injury. For instance, a minor fracture may be treated with little more than a doctor’s order to stay off your feet as much as possible. A major fracture may need to be treated by inserting a rod and screws to ensure the bone heals properly.

Recovering from a fractured femur

It may take as long as six months to achieve full medical recovery from a fractured femur. You may be forced to miss work or undergo physical therapy during this period. Assuming that another party’s negligence caused the injury, you may be entitled to compensation for any costs incurred during the recovery period.

Using witness statements, medical records or video evidence may help prove that the defendant’s negligence caused a car accident. Depending on the facts of your case, multiple parties may be liable for damages. In Michigan, you typically have three years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit seeking damages.