Compression Fracture Injuries
A compression fracture may be debilitating, with lifelong implications. You need experienced, aggressive legal representation in order to receive the best settlement possible. We can help.
Our personal injury lawyers in Minneapolis will answer your questions, handle the medical and insurance issues, take care of all of the paperwork, and file your claim. Call (612) TSR-TIME or submit our contact form.
Compression Fracture Symptoms
The spine is comprised of 24 vertebrae. The main section of each vertebra is a large, round segment called the vertebral body. A compression fracture causes the vertebral body to collapse in height on one side. Severe compression fractures, as can happen in vehicle accidents, can push fragments of bone into the spinal column and impinge upon the spinal cord. The resultant damage can be partial or complete paralysis from the point of fracture and below:
- pain in the neck and back
- sporadic pain in the hips, abdomen, or thighs
- loss of control of bladder or bowels
Treatment of Compression Fractures
Some traumatic compression fractures can heal without surgery. The most common treatments are medication to control the pain, decrease daily activity, and bracing. The brace is molded to conform tightly to the body and supports the back, restricting movement. In addition to preventing the wearer from bending forward, the brace holds the spine in a hyper-extended state. This takes most of the pressure off the vertebral body, allowing it to heal.
Severe fractures may need surgery to stabilize the vertebrae adjacent to the fracture site. As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications — and since you are dealing with the spine and spinal cord, they can be extremely serious. The complications include:
- chronic pain
- partial or total paralysis
- the need for an additional surgery
Compression fractures take a minimum of 3 months to heal completely.
Contact A Reputable Lawyer
The team at TSR Injury Law are skilled, aggressive, and well-known for their ability to litigate difficult medical cases, including compression fractures and burst fractures. Call (612) TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form.