Breaking a bone can be extremely painful. More than pain alone, though, a broken bone can be disabling and debilitating. Broken bones are often come with big expenses.
Indeed, the medical bills alone that can accumulate from a broken bone injury are often shocking. A person whose broken bone injury prevents them from working may suffer lost wages on top of their medical expenses.
At the law offices of Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer, our broken bone attorneys understand what you’re going through and the costs you are facing. We have the Kentucky Courage to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
If you think that someone else should be held liable for your broken bone injury, our lawyers can review your case free of charge and assist you in building your claim. Reach out to us today to learn more.
Common Causes of Broken Bones
A broken bone injury can occur when a bone is compressed, hit with a large amount of force, overused, or when a limb is subject to a force that causes movement in an unnatural position.
Broken bone injuries may be the result of:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Truck and commercial vehicle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Boating accidents
Broken bone injuries can also be the result of assault or abuse. In addition to warranting civil charges – i.e. holding the abusive party liable for civil damages – these types of cases may also result in criminal charges, too.
How a Broken Bone Lawyer Can Help
If you have broken a bone, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries if you can prove that another party’s negligence was the cause of your harm. A broken bone injury lawyer can help you. Here’s how:
- Free consultation. One of the most important services that a Kentucky broken bone attorney offers is that of providing accident victims with a free case consultation. During your free consultation, your attorney can explain to you more about your rights and your options moving forward. Your attorney can also review the details of your case and provide you with more information about whether or not you have a strong claim. It is recommended that you bring as much information to your free consultation as possible.
- Investigation. If you decide to hire an attorney, one of the first tasks will be to investigate your case. An investigation is critical, as your attorney will gather evidence about how your bone fracture injury occurred, who could be held liable, and the extent of your damages (both economic and noneconomic).
- Negotiating your settlement. Once the at-fault party has been identified and the extent of your damages has been calculated, your attorney can issue a demand letter. Typically, the insurer will respond with a counteroffer. From there, you and your attorney can decide what seems fair, and enter into negotiations. Your attorney will represent you during these negotiations, advocating for the largest settlement possible.
In addition, your attorney will also explain the various laws surrounding your broken bone injury claim, such as a statute of limitations. Your attorney will also be available to answer questions throughout the process.
Compensation for Bone Fractures in a Personal Injury Claim
If you can prove that your broken bone injury was the fault of another party, you can seek damages for the full extent of losses you have suffered. This includes both economic and noneconomic damages.
Our lawyers can fight for your rights to recover compensation for your:
- Emotional distress
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage costs
- And more
Common Types of Broken Bones
There are several types of common fractures, including:
- Stable fractures
- Open fractures
- Compound fractures
- Transverse fractures
- Oblique fractures
- Comminuted fractures
Bone fractures can happen anywhere on the body. The areas that are most likely to be affected often depend on the type of accident the victim is involved in. For example, cyclists who fall or are hit by a car are likely to suffer wrist, elbow, and clavicle (collarbone) fractures. In addition to these areas, other potential areas of fracture that result from traumatic accidents include the ribs, hips, hands and fingers, lower leg (tibia and fibula), feet (talus), and toes.
Treatment for Broken Bones
Treatment for a broken bone will depend on the severity of the break and the location of the break. For example, a rib fracture often has no real treatment other than pain management and time, which can be frustrating for a victim. On the other hand, a comminuted fracture – which refers to a fracture where the bone shatters into three or more pieces – will likely require an immediate surgery.
Some of the most common methods of treating broken bone injuries include:
- Immobilization of the area with a cast
- Use of a brace that allows for controlled movement
- Realignment (known as traction)
- Fixation, which may be either external or internal, and refers to using screws and pins to hold the bones in place
Talk to a Broken Bone Attorney Now
Suffering a broken bone can be a painful experience and a serious injury that leads to disability and major losses.
If you are someone who has been involved in an accident that has resulted in one or more serious bone fractures, our broken bone lawyers at the law office of Morgan, Collins, Yeast & Salyer want to help you. Our attorneys are passionate about working with victims who have suffered injuries due to others’ negligence.