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How does osteoperosis affect your car accident injury risk?

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2022 | Personal Injury

Few things have the potential to ruin your life more than a car accident. After all, if you have a wreck, you may have to deal with painful injuries and mounting medical bills. Even worse, you may not be able to continue to work.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 4% of men over 50 and 18% of women in the same age group have some type of osteoporosis. While anyone can suffer catastrophic injuries in a car accident, those with osteoporosis are at particular risk.

Bone fracture risk

Osteoporosis is a progressive medical condition that causes weak and brittle bones. If you have a car accident, the condition naturally makes you more vulnerable to bone fractures. Indeed, if any part of your body collides with a fixed object, such as your locked-up seat belt, you may break bones.

Long recovery times

Osteoporosis sufferers often have longer recovery times than others. If you have the condition, you are also likely to be vulnerable to complications during your recovery. Even worse, you simply may not be physically capable of recovering completely and returning to your pre-accident standard of living.

Expensive medical treatments

Because you have osteoporosis, you undoubtedly understand the importance of seeking emergency medical care after any car accident. While going to the emergency room is apt to improve your odds of making a full recovery, critical care can be expensive. Still, it is impossible to put a price tag on your physical health.

Ultimately, to help you pay for the care you need to thrive, it may be necessary to seek financial compensation for your injuries.