New Haven auto accidents can significantly affect the youngest and most vulnerable among us. Children traveling in a vehicle often are in the back seat during an auto accident and hold no liability in the crash. When a child is in a New Haven auto accident and they break a bone, it can affect their growth plates. But what are growth plates?
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, growth plates are made of tissue at the end of bones that determine the length and future shape of the bone. They are the weakest piece of a child’s bone and therefore they are more susceptible to a fracture.
Growth plate injuries, like those from a New Haven auto accident, can have lasting effects on a child if:
- The child is young in age. Younger children have a lot more growing to do than a child who is an adolescent, closer monitoring is needed.
- The injury caused the blood supply to be cut off to the growth plate, then it may close off early. Additionally, if a fracture punctures the skin, infection could result causing permanent damage.
- The fracture compresses the growth plate. Like fractures in adults, those in growth plates can have more of an impact in certain areas over others.