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A Stress Fracture Personal Injury Claim

If you have suffered a stress fracture as a result of the negligence or carelessness of another party (person, group of people, organization or company), you may be able to be compensated for your injury by making a personal injury claim. The best thing to do is to have your case evaluated by a personal injury attorney.

You may think of a stress fracture as an extremely small sliver or crack that takes place in a bone. It is regarded as an incomplete fracture or a hairline fracture.

Overuse injury

A stress fracture is considered to be an overuse injury. It is often brought about by a too rapid increase in the intensity or amount of an activity. When this happens, your muscles become fatigued and are not able to absorb any added shock. Eventually, your fatigued muscle transfers the overload of stress to your bone, which results in a tiny crack or a stress fracture.

The people who are most susceptible to a stress fracture are athletes. Track and field, basketball, tennis and gymnastics athletes are especially at risk for a stress fracture. The reason for this is because of the stress of their feet repeatedly striking the floor, ground or some other type of surface.

A single act

Due to the nature of a stress fracture, it very unlikely that a single act of negligence or carelessness or an accident caused by the negligence or carelessness of another party is completely responsible for your stress fracture. However, if it can be shown that this was the defining point that exacerbated (made worse) a pre-existing condition, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

Pain is the main sign or symptom of a stress fracture. It is pain that may not be very noticeable at all at the beginning, but as time goes by, it tends to get worse. The pain normally occurs with activity that involves the area of your body where the fracture is. The pain usually eases up when you rest. There may also be swelling around the area of the stress fracture.

Hard to diagnose

A stress fracture is usually hard to diagnose. This is because in most instances it requires more than a doctor’s physical examination. For a diagnosis to be confirmed, there usually have to be imaging tests done, such as a CT scan, MRI or X-ray.

As mentioned earlier, it is rare for a stress fracture to be the result of one event or accident. In most instances, a stress fraction is an indication of a pre-existing condition that manifests itself due to a severe stress event taking place, such as a slip and fall accident.

Rest

The primary treatment for a stress fracture is rest. This may mean that you will have to miss weeks and even months of work. In so doing, you may suffer a large loss of income that may be recovered in a personal injury claim.

In regard to personal injury law, a stress fracture is a particularly complicated matter. However, if you believe that your stress fracture was the result of another party’s negligence or carelessness, you really ought to have your case evaluated by a personal injury attorney at no cost or obligation to you.