Broken Bone Injury Car Accidents
Bone fractures are common in North Carolina motor vehicle accidents. Bones are extremely durable and can withstand a significant amount of impact. Nonetheless, the force of a car accident can easily cause a bone to snap. Debris from the motor vehicle accident can also cause bone fractures. Trying to heal from serious bone fractures can be a lengthy and expensive process. Engaging in physical therapy is often frustrating and painful. Additionally, suffering from serious bone injuries can result in a car accident victim missing time at work.
At Arnold & Smith, PLLC our lawyers understand how devastating recovering from a car accident injury can be for our clients. If you have suffered a bone fracture caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our skilled personal injury lawyers.Types of Broken Bones that Occur in North Carolina Car Accidents
There are several different types of bone fractures that a car accident can cause. Each bone injury is unique and causes its own set of complications. Doctors classify fractures as either a simple fracture or a compound fracture. In a simple fracture, the bone does not break through the skin. In a compound fracture, the bone pierces through the skin during the break. Some of the most specific forms of fractures include the following:
- Linear fractures are fractures that happen down the length of a bone, not across the bones
- A transverse fracture runs the same direction as the fractured bone
- Incomplete fractures are partial breaks of the bone. In an incomplete fracture, the tissue of the portion of bone that has not pierced the skin holds together the bone tissue
- An impacted fracture can be particularly difficult to treat. Incomplete fractures happen when the force of the car accident shoves one bone to another bone. Impacted fractures can also cause dislocation, leading to fracture.
- Comminuted fractures happen when multiple breaks occur in the same bone
- Oblique fractures happen diagonally across the bone
How will the treatment of your bone fractures affect your court claim? Bone fractures caused by car accidents happen daily throughout North Carolina. A number of different factors will affect the medical treatment you pursue. One of the most important actions a victim can take is to follow all of the recommendations of your treating physician. If your case does go to trial, you will likely need to prove that you followed all of your doctor’s orders and that you went to all recommended follow-up appointments. The treatment you will receive for your bone fracture depends on the following factors:
- Your health and age prior to the car accident
- The location of the fracture
- The bone that suffered a fracture
- The type of fracture, including whether the skin tore and other damage to the local area
Some bone fractures require a cast and physical therapy. Other bone fractures require multiple surgeries. Whatever the type of treatment you need, our lawyers will help you analyze how much compensation you should receive.Calculating How Much Your Broken Bone Claim is Worth After Your Car Accident
If you are filing an insurance claim, for example, it is essential that you do not accept a settlement offer that is too low. Many victims of car accidents are rightly concerned about paying their medical bills so they accept the first available offer.
However, insurance companies often offer settlements that far below the fair value of the claim. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC we conduct extensive research into our clients’ claims and have a great deal of experience to draw from. We analyze current and projected future medical expenses in order to fight for the right to recover the full compensation you deserve. When we analyze compensation, we carefully determine the following costs:
- The cost of present and future medical bills associated with your bone fracture. This amount should include the projected costs of surgeries, doctor visits, rehabilitative care, medications, and physical therapy that you will need to heal your bone fracture.
- Past and future lost wages due to your bone fracture
- The pain and suffering caused by your bone suffer, including emotional suffering, loss of quality of life, disfigurement, or disability.
- The cost of property damage caused by the motor vehicle accident
If you suffered a bone fracture in a motor vehicle accident, you are not alone, let our experienced attorneys help guide you through the process. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Smith, PLLC to schedule your free initial consultation. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and Monroe.