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Tibial Fractures

Severe consequences of a tibial fracture include compartment syndrome, where increased pressure within the leg muscles can lead to tissue death, and nonunion or malunion, where the bone either doesn’t heal properly or heals incorrectly. Additionally, there can be damage to surrounding blood vessels and nerves, leading to long-term complications such as chronic pain, numbness, or reduced mobility. Severe fractures might also result in infections, particularly if the skin is broken, and can cause arthritis in the affected joint over time. In extreme cases, these complications might necessitate amputation.

Tibial fracture X-ray

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A tibial fracture is a break in the tibia, the larger of the two bones in the lower leg. It commonly results from trauma such as falls, sports injuries, or car accidents. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to bear weight on the affected leg. Diagnosis typically involves physical examination and imaging tests like X-rays or CT scans. Treatment may range from immobilisation with a cast or brace for minor fractures to surgical intervention with plates, screws, or rods for more severe breaks. Rehabilitation is crucial for restoring function and strength. This type of injury can sometimes be the fault of a negligent or wrongdoing third party. In these circumstances, it’s possible to bring a claim for injury compensation.

What are the most common types of tibial fractures?

The most commonly occuring include:

  • Transverse Fractures – A horizontal break across the tibia.
  • Oblique Fractures – A diagonal break across the bone.
  • Spiral Fractures – A fracture that spirals around the tibia, often due to a twisting injury.
  • Comminuted Fractures – The bone is broken into several pieces.
  • Open (Compound) Fractures – The broken bone pierces the skin, increasing the risk of infection.
  • Closed Fractures – The bone is broken but the skin remains intact.
  • Stress Fractures – A hairline crack in the bone often caused by repetitive stress or overuse.

What workplace scenarios can lead to these types of injuries?

Workplace scenarios that can lead to tibial fractures include falls from ladders, scaffolding, or elevated surfaces, often encountered in construction and maintenance jobs. Heavy machinery accidents and being struck by falling objects pose significant risks in industrial settings. Slips, trips, and falls on wet or uneven surfaces are common in various workplaces, including warehouses and factories. Jobs requiring repetitive stress, such as delivery services and certain manufacturing roles, can lead to stress fractures. Additionally, occupations involving heavy lifting or awkward movements, like nursing or manual labour, can increase the risk of tibial fractures due to accidental impacts or missteps.

How is possible to prove an employer is at fault?

To prove they are at fault, evidence must show negligence or failure to ensure a safe work environment. Key elements include demonstrating that safety protocols were inadequate or not followed, providing witness testimonies, and showing the absence of proper training or equipment. Documentation such as incident reports, maintenance records, and safety inspections can support the claim. Expert testimonies can establish that the injury resulted from unsafe practices. Collecting photos or videos of the hazardous conditions and medical records linking the injury to the workplace incident also strengthens the case.

How can a solicitor help me?

A solicitor can help by providing legal advice, evaluating the merits of your case, and gathering necessary evidence to prove employer negligence. They can handle communications with the employer and insurance companies, ensuring your rights are protected. Your solicitor can represent you in negotiations for a fair settlement or, if needed, litigate on your behalf in court. They also assist in navigating legal procedures, paperwork, and deadlines, maximising your chances of obtaining compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages related to your injury. Their expertise can alleviate stress and improve the outcome of your claim.

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