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Femoral Fractures

Ongoing health issues following a femoral fracture can include chronic pain, reduced mobility, and muscle weakness. Complications such as deep vein thrombosis, infection, and improper bone healing (malunion or nonunion) may arise. Patients might experience joint stiffness, particularly in the knee or hip, and a higher risk of developing arthritis. Persistent limp or leg length discrepancy can affect gait and posture. Additionally, limited physical activity during recovery may lead to decreased cardiovascular fitness and muscle atrophy.

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A femoral fracture is a break or crack in the femur, the thigh bone, which is the longest and strongest bone in the body. This type of fracture typically occurs due to high-impact trauma, such as car accidents or falls from significant heights. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, inability to bear weight, and visible deformity. Treatment often involves surgical intervention, such as the insertion of rods, plates, or screws to stabilise the bone, followed by physical therapy for rehabilitation. Prompt medical attention is crucial to prevent complications like blood clots or infections. When negligent or wrongful behaviour by a third-party directly causes this type of injury, there are likely to be strong grounds to bring an injury compensation claim.

What are the most common causes of femoral fractures?

Common causes include high-impact trauma from car accidents, falls from significant heights, and sports injuries. In older adults, particularly those with osteoporosis, even low-impact falls can result in femoral fractures due to weakened bones. Direct blows to the thigh, such as those experienced in violent encounters or industrial accidents, can also cause these fractures. Certain medical conditions, like bone tumors or bone cysts, can weaken the femur and make it more susceptible to fractures.

What types of negligent or wrongful behaviour in the workplace can lead to this type of fracture?

This can include failure to enforce safety protocols, inadequate training on equipment use, lack of personal protective equipment, and ignoring maintenance of machinery. Poor workplace design, such as uneven flooring or obstructed walkways, can also contribute to accidents. Employers may be negligent if they fail to address known hazards or pressure employees to work in unsafe conditions. Insufficient supervision and failure to comply with occupational health and safety regulations further increase the risk of severe injuries, including femoral fractures.

What types of accidents in public spaces can lead to this type of fracture?

This can include slips and falls on wet or uneven surfaces, falls due to poorly maintained walkways or footpaths, and falls from stairs or elevated areas without proper handrails. Car accidents, especially pedestrian collisions, are another common cause. Sports injuries in parks or recreational facilities, as well as bicycle accidents on public roads or trails, can also result in femoral fractures.

When is it possible to bring a compensation claim?

A compensation claim is possible when the fracture results from another party’s negligence or wrongful behaviour. This can include workplace accidents due to employer negligence, accidents in public spaces caused by poor maintenance or safety standards, or car accidents where another driver is at fault. To bring a claim, evidence of negligence and a direct link between the negligence and injury are required.

What evidence is required to bring a claim?

A successful claim will require medical records documenting the injury and treatment, photographs of the accident scene, and the injury. Witness statements and surveillance footage can support the claim. Proof of negligence, such as incident reports, maintenance records, or safety violations, is crucial. Financial documentation of medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs is needed to substantiate the compensation amount. Expert testimonies may also be used to demonstrate how the negligence caused the injury and its impact on the victim’s life.

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