Minnesota Femur Fracture Attorney

Extending from the hip joint to the knee joint, the femur is the largest and strongest bone in the body and takes a significant amount of force to fracture a healthy femur.  High impact accidents such as a car or truck accident can result in a femur fracture.

Surgical Treatment

A femur fracture is a serious injury that requires surgery to immobilize and align the femur.  The three types of treatment include:

  • Metal rod – an intramedullary rod is permanently inserted into the core of the femur during surgery and secured with screws on both sides of the fracture.
  • Metal plate – a metal plate can also be inserted and secured with screws along the fracture to allow for early mobility. However, the bone can have residual weakness with this type of surgery because the plate bears the weight during the healing process.
  • External fixator – a frame is attached to the femur with pins. This method can be used if soft tissue has sustained extensive injury with the break, however the risk of infection at the insertion points can be high.

Non-Surgical Treatment

Non-surgical treatments, while less popular, do exist:

  • Traction – a cast and adhesives or metal pins are used to wrap the leg and attach weighted strings. Regular X-rays are required to confirm the position of the femur and to make any adjustments to the weights.  This option requires long hospitalization and risks infection with metal pins.
  • Casting – A spica cast is used, often on very young children, extending the length of the leg, over the hips and covering some of the other leg.

Complications

It takes approximately 3-6 months for a femoral shaft fracture to heal and during this time, the fracture can be susceptible to infection at pin insertion points.  The bone may also become displaced because the thigh muscles lose strength.  In some cases the leg may be permanently shorter than the other if the bone is not aligned properly and kept aligned throughout the healing process.

Femur fracture injuries are painful and recovery time can be quite extensive, often leading to taking time off from work.  If your injury is the result of another person’s negligence, it is important to seek legal advice immediately.

At Tarshish Cody, our personal injury attorneys are experienced with femur fracture cases and we have assisted clients in claiming the compensation they deserve to pay for medical expenses, physical therapy, lost wages and pain and suffering.  We welcome your call today on 612-808-8999 (or fill out the free Case Evaluation Form) to learn more about how we can help.

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