Serious Fractures

Categories Of Serious Fracture

There is no medical difference between ‘broken’ and ‘fractured’ when referring to damaged bones. Medical professionals refer to all cracked, crushed and broken bones as fractures, whether minor or severe.

There are many types of serious fractures, several of which are listed below:

Complete Fracture

This type of fracture causes the bone to break into two pieces.

Comminuted Fracture

Here, the affected bone is crushed or shatters into more than three pieces.

Fracture Dislocation

This refers to the dislocation of a joint that causes a fracture to a bone in that area.

Compound Fracture

Here, either a wound causes the fracture to the bone or the fractured bone pierces the skin causing a wound.

Complicated Fracture

This type of fracture causes injury to other parts of the body that are located near the fracture, such as blood vessels or nerves.

The Causes Of Serious Fractures


The most common cause of fractures is severe trauma to a bone, which may be sustained during a motor, pedestrian or motorbike accident, as well as at work if a person suffers a fall or if they are hurt by a heavy object or some defective machinery.

Medical Negligence

Certain bone conditions can cause serious fractures, such as osteoporosis.

Although osteoporosis usually occurs naturally, medical negligence can be a cause for a person suffering from osteoporosis.

Medical negligence generally consists of either a negligent diagnosis or negligent treatment.

For example, if a medical professional fails to diagnose a person with a disorder that subsequently causes osteoporosis, such as Hyperthyroidism or Cushing’s Syndrome, they may be able to a claim for medical negligence if they could have reasonably been expected to discover the correct diagnosis that would have prevented the osteoporosis.

By way of another example, if a doctor prescribes oral glucocorticoids that are used to control various allergic reactions and autoimmune disorders, they should be aware that the medicine could cause osteoporosis as a side-effect. If a doctor does not take this into account when making their decision to prescribe such a medicine, they may be found to medically negligent if a serious fracture is subsequently caused by osteoporosis.

Repetitive Stress

If bones are under heavy stress on a regular basis, such as if a person carries out unreasonably difficult physical tasks at work, stress fractures may develop in the back, the lower legs or throughout the arms due to the cracking and bending of bones that can occur from the heavy and repeated stress.

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