Common Causes of Bone Fractures
Accidents and incidents resulting in severe or multiple bone breaks can include:
- Car and truck collisions
- Workplace accidents
- Slips and falls
- Dog attacks
While a clean break or hairline fracture may need little more than rest and a cast to heal, some types of bone break injuries can be complex and require multiple surgeries. Moreover, individuals with complicated breaks or crushed bones may never regain their full range of motion again and could face lifelong disability.
You could have legal recourse if a negligent individual, company, or other entity caused your accident and injury. A personal injury lawyer at the Ammons Law Firm could help you recover the compensation you need to move forward.
Types of Fractures and Bone Breaks
There can be many kinds of fractures and bone breaks occurring in accidents. The type of fracture experienced generally depends on the force and direction of impact during an accident. Here are some of the most common bone breaks:
- Closed fracture: The bone breaks without piercing the skin.
- Open fracture: Also called a “compound fracture,” an open fracture involves the bone breaking through the skin.
- Comminuted fracture: The bone shatters into several pieces.
- Spiral fracture: In a spiral fracture, the bone twists, causing a spiral-shaped break.
- Transverse fracture: The break occurs horizontally across the bone.
- Oblique fracture: An oblique fracture describes a break across the bone.
Compensation Victims Could Recover for Broken Bones
Every personal injury claim is unique, and compensation can depend on many factors, such as your injury’s severity and the associated healthcare costs. However, you could be entitled to the following damages with a personal injury claim:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses related to the fracture
- Lost wages from missed work during recovery
- Medical transportation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
You may also receive additional damages, depending on the circumstances of your accident and injury.
The Time Limit for Filing a Lawsuit
If you’re injured in an accident, seek prompt legal advice to protect your rights, as there are time restrictions for filing personal injury lawsuits. Each state has its specific statute of limitations that sets a deadline for pursuing compensation. In Texas, personal injury claims generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit.
A trained personal injury lawyer can help you determine the statute of limitations in your personal injury case.
How to Prove Negligence in Fractured and Broken Bone Claims
To recover compensation for your injuries following an accident, you must prove that someone else caused your injuries. This is generally done through the law of negligence. Proving negligence is needed if you want to collect damages for broken bones from the responsible party or their insurance company. Here’s what you need to establish:
- Duty of care: The responsible party must have owed you a duty of care. For example, drivers must operate their vehicles with care and attention to avoid collisions with other motorists.
- Breach of duty: Negligence arises when the responsible party breaches their duty of care. This could involve behaviors such as drunk driving, failure to fix broken flooring, or neglecting safety regulations in a workplace.
- Causation: You must demonstrate that the wrongdoer’s conduct caused your fractured or broken bone.
- Damages: To have a personal injury case, there must be damages. Damages refer to your losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and future medical costs.
While many injury lawsuits are resolved out of court, a wrongdoer sometimes stubbornly refuses to pay a valid claim. If the wrongdoer refuses to provide you fair compensation for your losses, our experienced trial lawyers will take the wrongdoer to court and hold them accountable under the law.
The Ammons Law Firm Helps Victims Get Justice
Bone breaks and fractures may not only be painful and disrupt your life, but they can also cause unprecedented financial stress. However, you don’t have to stand for this. If someone else is responsible for your injury, you deserve compensation. Our experienced attorneys are here to help and advise you. Contact us now for a free consultation to clarify your legal options and determine your next best steps.
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Call our Houston broken bone injury attorneys at (281) 801-5617 today to get started with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.