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The long-term impacts of bone fractures 

On Behalf of | Feb 29, 2024 | Personal Injury

Unfortunately, car accidents are relatively common and they can result in severe injuries. Broken bones are just one example of injuries associated with road traffic collisions. 

Not only can bone fractures be painful, but they can also result in long-term complications. Outlined below are some of the long-term impacts that bone fractures can have. 

Nerve damage 

Depending on the nature and location of the fracture, the nerves may also be damaged. The victim may feel numbness, tingling or a complete loss of sensation in the affected area.  Often, nerve damage will heal within a matter of weeks but severe nerve damage can be irreparable, resulting in long-term paralysis.


Bone fractures can cause damage to muscles, joints, ligaments and cartilage. As the bone and surrounding areas heal, scar tissue may form. This can put pressure on the joints and it can ultimately lead to osteoarthritis. This is a long-term condition that requires constant medical treatment and supervision. 

Loss of strength 

Surgery and rehabilitation can often help individuals make a full recovery, but it can take time to build their strength back up. In some cases, the impacted area will never be the same again. You may lose strength and could find it difficult to engage in activities that you did before the accident, such as work and sporting hobbies. 

Bone fractures have the potential to change your life in the long term. If your injuries were the result of another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to financial compensation. This can help cover your medical costs, pain and suffering and lost wages.