Glossary: Fracture

William Mattar Glossary
Posted: September 28, 2022


Under New York law, a “serious injury” is defined to include “a fracture,” among other “serious injury” categories. Thus, if an individual can show that they sustained a fracture in a motor vehicle accident, they may be able to receive compensation from the at-fault motorist’s auto insurance company for pain and suffering. 

A fracture generally includes any full or partial breaking of the bone. This may involve situations where a broken bone has maintained its proper position. This is normally referred to as a “non-displaced fracture.” On the other hand, a “displaced fracture” occurs when the bone breaks into two parts. Whether or not someone sustained a fracture is a medical determination that a medical provider can make based on a clinical assessment that normally involves diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray.  

Fractures can be open or closed. An open fracture (also called a compound fracture) indicates an injury where the bone has actually broken through skin. This type of fracture typically requires immediate medical attention because it poses a risk of infection, among other concerns. A closed fracture (also called a simple fracture) is an injury where the broken bone does not protrude through skin.  

Commonly observed fracture injuries that arise from car accidents include, but are not limited to: arm, leg, hip, back, rib, pelvis, wrist, skull, and collarbone fractures. Generally speaking, a broken tooth resulting from a car accident can also fit within New York State’s “fracture” category.  

An experienced attorney can provide additional information about New York’s “serious injury” threshold.  

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