Tib-Fib is an abbreviation for two bones found in the human body between
the knee and ankle. The bones are called the tibia and fibula. You probably
know the tibia as the “shin” bone. These bones in conjunction
support an individual’s weight and support agility and strength.
Experienced New York City personal injury attorneys know that the parts of a car’s interior cabin can come into sudden
and violent contact with the tibia, causing the bone to fracture and penetrate
through the muscle and skin. Take a moment to reflect on this and imagine
the pain and horror one experiences when a bone pierces through the skin
to reach outside of the body.
Any open tibia fracture could require the victim to need as many as six,
seven, or eight procedures to repair the fracture. It may seem hard to
believe, but remember that these severe fractures also damage skin, muscle,
cartilage, nerves, and veins. All of these injuries need to be addressed.
This results in serious pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost
wages which may result in
compensation for your injuries.
The fracture itself can require bone fragment reconstruction where the
bones are pieced back together. This is called open reduction internal
fixation. Other procedures will require the insertion of screws, plates,
and rods. These devices must remain in the patient for the rest of his
or her life. Unfortunately, these parts can wear and loosen. Such will
require corrective surgery.
Of course, the victim will not be allowed to put weight on the injured
leg until there has been substantial healing. Use of a wheel chair will
first be required, and then the patient will graduate to crutches, and
eventually to a walking cast.
Each required surgery will require healing time and physical therapy. Then
the next surgery will take place. In total, several years may go by within
which the surgeries occurred. Therefore, the tib-fib fracture patient
has endured pain and suffering from the moment of the
car accident and years later. If a child is injured, years of precious youth are lost
that which can never be recovered. Adults will also lose precious years
working and enjoying their families.
These victims may eventually achieve a complete recovery, but they may
forever change their activities due to the extreme scarring that may be
present. Scarring is a very real source of insecurity for many people
and they may hesitate to expose a scarred body part in public.
In terms of civil recovery, plaintiffs injured by a negligent motorist
can expect to recovery for their pain and suffering, medical expenses,
rehabilitation expenses, occupational retraining, lost wages, lost earning
potential, and the like. A victim’s family could also be eligible
to receive compensation if they have damages caused by the negligence.
Learn more about serious personal injuries
in our latest article available here. Also read about broken bones and how these types of cases affect your damages
in our blog post here. Visit our blog post to learn about spinal fusions and how they work in
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
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