Georgia Kids And Leg Fractures

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We routinely handle matters involving leg fractures.

Leg Fractures In Georgia Children

Many Georgia children suffer leg fractures every year. Some of these injuries occur as the result of “kids being kids” and simple accidents. However, our Atlanta child injury law firm has handled numerous cases where children have suffered leg fractures due to the negligence and carelessness of others. We have secured favorable results for these children and their families all across Georgia.

What is a leg fracture?

The leg has three long bones:

  • Femur – the bone that goes from the hip to the knee and is the largest bone in the leg;
  • Fibula – this bone goes from knee to the ankle on the lateral side of the lower leg and is the slimmest of the three leg bones; and,
  • Tibia – the bone that goes from knee to ankle on the front side of the lower leg, over the shin;

A leg fracture is the breaking of any of these three bones. A “comminuted” leg fracture describes a bone breaking into multiple pieces. Such an injury almost always requires surgery. A broken leg in a child can present a different set of challenges than a similar injury in an adult. This is due to the nature of a child’s growth plates and the continuing development of his or her bones. Growth plates help regulate bone growth and are found at the end of child’s bones. If a bone breaks through a growth plate it is called a “Salter-Harris fracture” and usually requires special medical attention.

The most common causes of a leg fracture in a child are sports injuries, automobile collisions, and falls. Many such instances involve negligence of a third party, such as a daycare or other commercial establishment. Toddlers can also suffer leg fractures while learning to walk, usually from a twisting motion of the unsteady walk. Not surprisingly, these are called “toddler’s fractures”. Older children can experience stress fractures from excessive physical training.

Signs and symptoms of leg fractures in children:

Of course, many leg fractures in children are obvious. Others are not so apparent. If a child fractures her leg they she will likely experience one of more of these symptoms:

  • pain with movement of the leg;
  • swelling, bruising, or a lump at the site of the injury;
  • trouble walking;
  • limping; or,
  • problems with weight bearing on leg;

How to treat leg fractures in children:

Treatment differs depending on the severity of the injury and age of the child. The most common forms of treatment are:

-placing a cast or brace on the child’s leg to hold the bone still and decrease movement;

-prescription pain medication;

-over the counter medications like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen;

-closed reduction surgical procedures;

-open reduction surgery (The use of wires, pins, plates or screw to put a child’s bones back into the correct position. This is a popular procedure for children because it keeps the broken bone pieces lined up so that the leg can heal properly and continue to grow);

-traction surgery – if a child’s bone has a very severe break this procedure may be necessary to pull on the bones back into place to allow them to heal correctly.

Georgia Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons:

We suggest consulting with a pediatric orthopedic doctor for a child’s leg fracture. These physicians complete additional sub-specialty training in pediatric orthopedics and have dedicated their practices to treating children. This sub-specialty focus gives these doctors access to the latest and best techniques and equipment for treating pediatric leg fractures.

Children are not just “small adults.” They cannot always inform adults about what is bothering them. They often cannot answer medical questions, and are not able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed  and cooperative. Most pediatric orthopedic surgeons’ offices are arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys, videos, and reading materials  for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment  for children.

What Legal Damages are Available to a Georgia Child After suffering a Leg Fracture Due To Negligence?

Just like an adult, a child may claim damages related to his or pain and suffering (mental and physical), disfigurement (scarring) and other types of general damages that impact one’s loss of enjoyment of life.

Children under the age of 18 are not responsible for their own medical expenses under Georgia law (thus, the claim for medical expenses during the age of minority belongs to the parents). Once a child turns 18 years old, he becomes responsible for his own medical bills (therefore, the child “owns” the claims for medical expenses accruing after 18 years of age).

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