Wearing a cast is something that we are all familiar with. Bone fractures limit the victim’s mobility, and they can be very painful. Bones break when they suffer an impact that surpasses their bending capacity. The harder the impact is; the easier the bone cracks. Nevertheless, most of these aren’t too serious. Only a few required extensive medical treatments, that could include physical therapy. The main sources are traffic accidents and playing sports.
Often, when the injuries are related to sports accidents, no one is responsible for it. But if you get a fracture because of a car accident, the person that caused the event is responsible. It is not a coincidence that, if you have a fracture by someone else’s responsibility, the injury is more severe; no one will be more careful than you with your body. If this happens, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party. Also, if the claim gets approved, he must pay for all the medical bills related to the treatment.
To achieve compensation, you must prove that someone’s negligent actions caused your injury. By hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer, you won’t have to worry about anything during the process. He will be responsible for gathering the necessary evidence to support your claim. With his help, the odds of finding a great settlement for your broken bone injury claim are higher.
If you get a fracture, and you are not responsible, you must hire an attorney. Contact our law firm and start talking to our team of experts. We would like to take your case and join you in your quest for retribution.
In this article, you will see how to act upon fractures caused by another person’s negligence.
Common Accidents that Cause Fractures.
Broken bones injuries are painful, stressful, and potentially expensive. Depending on the grade of the fracture, the treatment is more extensive. Therefore, the medical bills related to the treatment costs more money. If someone is directly responsible for the injury, he or she will have to pay for all the expenses. Meaning that, as long as you show proof, there is no need to pay everything out of your pocket.
Sadly, most of these injuries are caused by traffic accidents. Which makes them more severe and, according to what was said before, more expensive to treat. Don’t drown yourself on those bills, bring a personal injury attorney as your lifesaver.
Most of the broken bone injuries claims are related to:
- Motorcycle accidents.
- Auto accidents.
- Bicycle accidents.
- Pedestrian accidents.
- Accidents in the workplace.
An accident lawyer will investigate your injury’s background. Gathering all the necessary evidence and testimonies to make your claim bulletproof. It is your lawyer’s job to show the defendant’s negligence, this is the most important part of the claim. If your lawyer succeeds, you will get compensation for all the trouble caused. Remember that, even though broken bones are common injuries, the medical bills and other expenses can be very costly.
The Many Faces of Bone Fractures Injuries.
The level of the fracture directly depends on the impact’s strength. The age is also a contributing factor, as the person grows old, the bones weaken themselves. Also, if the victim has some kind of disease, the bones are less strong. The most frequent fractures are:
- The bone is completely broken: The bone gets cleanly severed in two or more parts. This is the common outcome of traffic and slip and fall accidents.
- Open fractures: The bone gets out of the skin and gets exposed. This is the most dangerous fracture type. Also, it created extensive bleeding. If not treated promptly, it can cause infections in the tissue.
- Single fracture: The bone gets cut in just one place.
- Greenstick fracture: This is the opposite of a complete fracture. The bone is partially cut from one side. Minor hits to the bones are the main source for these types of injury.
- Crush Fracture: The bone breaks or gets cut into three or more parts. These take longer to heal, and often surgery is needed.
- Displaced fracture: The bone gets both broke and moved out of its original position. Extended medical treatment is needed to heal them. Extremities are the most affected by this kind of fracture.
- Stress fracture: The bone’s internal part is affected. These are very painful.
Bone fractures can bring a lot of pain and swelling. These are problems that will temporarily affect your way of life. Sometimes, you will not be able to work during the duration of the treatment.
Common Affected Bones.
All bones are made of the same tissue, but they are not equally strong. For example, the collarbone is longer than wider, so it could break easily. It is not a coincidence that this is the most common bone fracture.
The usage of certain body parts makes some bones prone to break. The most affected regions are:
Bone fractures in one or more of these body parts will affect your life. for example, a construction worker needs his arms to work, so if he breaks one of both of them, he will be unable to perform. If the workplace wasn’t risk-free, the employer must cover the expenses. This includes everything from medical treatment to missing income.
Treatment and Healing Time.
As soon as you get seen by a doctor, he will set the treatment plan. Depending on the location, the fracture type, and the victim’s age, the treatment and healing process is different. If the injury is bad enough, your physician could advice physical therapy, to recover the movement on the affected part.
Fractures as a result of a person's negligence typically heals, without physical therapy, between 1 to 3 months. If you need rehabilitation or screws to fix the crushed bone, the healing process can take significantly longer.
Specially Affected Groups
Like all injuries, some groups are more vulnerable. For example, children and elderly people are more affected by fractures. In the children’s case, this can affect his growth, especially if the injury takes a long time to heal. This happens because the body focuses on healing the injury rather than the growth process. This is known as Salter-Harris' injury.
Contrarily, if your grandfather, god forbids, gets his hip broke, he will need extensive medical treatment. Also, is likely that, because of his age, he will never be fully recovered. If the injury
is caused by another person's reckless actions and decisions, you must seek compensation. Because sometimes, fractures in elderly people, can bring other problems like permanent disability. An extensive medical evaluation is always needed.
Broken Bones Lawsuit Payout.
As happens with other personal injury claims, with a bone fracture claim you may get compensation from economic and no-economic damages. For example, you can get your treatment, meds, rehabilitation, pain, suffering, and lost income expenses covered. But for this to happen, you must prove that the defendant is responsible for your injuries. This process is very difficult if you don’t have the appropriate help.
There are not fixed amounts for these injuries, the money amount will mostly depend on two things:
- Type of fracture
- Negligent party’s actions
For example, even if the fracture is not serious, you can get a lot of money if the defendant’s actions are particularly aberrant.
It is important to consider that, in accidents, bone fractures are just one of the many injuries that you can get. So a broken bone claim will be just a tiny part of a bigger lawsuit.
Filling a Personal Injury Claim.
The process of filing a personal injury lawsuit depends on the local laws. Like all injuries, there is a fixed period to press charges. In some states, including , it could be up to two years. But, is it wise to wait that long? The answer is no, the more you wait; the worst chances you have. Your lawyer has to deliver all the paperwork in a shorter window of time.
Too many things could change in two years, key witnesses could move or die, their testimony could fade away, the jury can change, and the laws can also change. This will put your claim in jeopardy because your personal injury attorney won’t be able to prove that you were injured by another person’s actions.
Don’t wait too long before making the claim! Start talking with our injury law firm today and let us help you in this process.
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