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First aid treatment for a broken bone

A broken bone is not the most serious injury you can suffer in a motor vehicle accident, but it is definitely one that requires immediate medical attention.

In some cases, a broken bone is just one of the injuries that a person can suffer in an accident. For example, this could also be accompanied by a concussion.

If you're involved in an accident and you have broken a bone, there are several steps you can take. Above all else, don't wait to contact an ambulance. You want medical personnel to arrive on the scene as soon as possible.

You can also do the following:

-- Stop any bleeding. With a clean piece of clothing or bandage, apply gentle pressure to the wound (if there is one).

-- Don't move. The last thing you want to do is move, as this could worsen the problem. It may be your first thought to push the bone back in, but this is a job best left to a medical professional.

-- Treat for shock. If you feel dizzy or if you're short of breath, lay down and place your head slightly lower than the rest of your body.

Any type of car accident has the potential to cause a broken bone. If this happens, you may be scared about what's going on and how the injury will be treated.

You'll feel better once you receive medical attention. At that point, you can also learn more about the accident. This means finding out why it happened and determining if you can receive compensation from the negligent party.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Fractures (broken bones): First aid," accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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