You may remember your grade school days when one of your classmates arrived at school with a crutch under each arm. A bad slide into base at a little league game, a fall off a bike or a trampoline accident made your friend a momentary celebrity as classmates gathered around to sign the cast or try out the crutches. In a few weeks, your friend was back to normal.
Not every broken bone can be that simple, especially as an adult. In fact, if your recent accident left you with a broken femur, the large bone between your hip and your knee, you likely have a long and painful recovery ahead of you.
The long road to recovery
The femur is the largest bone in your body, and because it carries most of your weight when you stand, walk, jump or perform most upright activities, it must be incredibly strong. It takes tremendous force to fracture the femur, and this most often occurs in motorcycle or motor vehicle accidents. From the diagnosis of your injury through the recovery stage, this may be what you have to look forward to:
- X-rays and CT scans to determine exactly where and what kind of break you suffered
- Surgery, typically to insert a rod and screws to stabilize the bone while it heals
- Prescription medications for pain, to relax your muscles and to reduce inflammation
- Additional surgeries if complications arise
- Treatment for any infections or other damage to the surrounding parts of the leg
- Physical therapy to strengthen the leg and improve stamina and mobility
Recovering from a broken femur is a slow process, sometimes taking up to six months or longer. Your body must regenerate new bone growth, and that growth must strengthen and mature before you can put your full weight on it. This means many of your normal activities will be difficult if not impossible, perhaps including going to work to earn a living. With the force of an accident violent enough to damage your femur, you are also likely suffering from other injuries as well.
Without a paycheck, you and your Montana family may struggle to make ends meet, not to mention paying for the mountains of medical bills your insurance may not fully cover. You may find it is in your best interests to seek information about your legal options for pursuing compensation from those whose negligence resulted in the accident that left you with such serious injuries.