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Complications from a broken leg

If you're involved in a car accident, a broken leg may seem like a relatively minor injury compared to what could have happened. Yes, it's painful and can take months to heal, but you escaped without a head injury or other more serious issues.

However, it is important to note that there can be significant complications that can make a broken bone a bit more serious than it first appeared. Some examples include:


This is a bone infection. It can happen with an open fracture. The interior of the bone could be exposed to bacteria and fungi during the break.

Compartment Syndrome

This leads to swelling and pain around the broken bone. It's a neuromuscular condition that can even lead to disability in your muscles. Experts note that it's most likely with high-impact injuries.

Nerve Damage

Nerves that have been injured during the accident may not regenerate properly. You could experience numbness in the area that won't go away on its own.

Blood Vessel Damage

Similarly, blood vessels could be damaged and not heal properly. This can lead to circulation problems in the future.

Unequal Leg Length

This is generally an issue when children break their legs. Remember that bones grow from the growth plates at the ends. A fracture that extends through this growth plate can cause that bone to grow differently than it should. This could make one arm or leg longer or shorter than the other.

These complications could lead to extensive medical treatment and bills that far exceed what you expect with a broken leg. It's important to know what rights you may have to compensation.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Complications," accessed Feb. 03, 2017

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.