This page provides information to accident victims who have suffered a broken bone injury. Sean Reis is a lawyer that provides hope for seriously injured people. After all the dust settles following a serious accident, people often wonder if they have any legal recourse for their injuries. Do they need a lawyer? This page will answers many common questions:
- Who is at fault for the accident?
- If someone else is at fault, do I have a case?
- Broken bone cases, what are they worth?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- When should I hire an attorney?
- How to prevent broken bone injuries?
Who is at Fault for the Accident?
In law, “fault” has a very similar meaning to “liability.” When someone is “liable” for your injury, they are legally responsible for causing it and, subsequently, for paying for it. So if your leg was broken in a car accident, and the other driver ran a red light and slammed into your vehicle, they would be liable.
So after getting medical treatment, the first thing that you should do following an accident is try to figure out who was at fault. While this may seem like a simple task, it isn’t. Determining legal liability can be extremely complicated. Your job is simply to find out who all the people are who were involved, collect their information, and then relay this information to an experienced personal injury lawyer. The attorney will figure out “liability.”
If Someone Else Caused Your Injury, Do You Have a Case?
Just because someone else caused the accident doesn’t automatically mean you have a case. Issues such as comparative fault in traffic accidents complicate the issue of liability. Whether or not the property owner was negligent in slip and fall accidents is very hard to prove. You need to consult with a broken bone lawyer to determine whether or not your case is worth pursing.
Moreover, the severity of your injury does not determine liability, it is the actions of the other party that determine liability. Whether or not someone was negligent is the inquiry, not how badly you are injured. So regardless of whether you suffered a minor toe fracture or a severe skull fracture and resulting brain bleed isn’t relevant to determining whether or not the other person is legally responsible for the damage.
Broken Bone Cases – What Are They Worth?
This is an extremely difficult question to answer because every case is different. Not only are all broken bone injuries different, but how quickly the individual recovered, the pain they experienced, the medical expenses, their long term care plan, etc., are all factors that come into play.
The amount of medical bills and pain is vastly different whether you’ve suffered complete fracture (bone is broken all the way through), comminuted fracture (bone is crushed or broken in two or more pieces), or an open fracture (where the bone is sticking through the skin). For more information on fractures, visit this page.
Moreover, case value also largely depends on how good your lawyer is. Insurance companies are afraid of great lawyers who are willing to push your case to trial to get full value for your claim. Insurance companies are accustomed to settling bone injury claims at a discount.
When your broken bone injury is serious, it can be debilitating for life. You may have broken your knee, and the resulting ligament damage can have devastating impacts on your ability to run, walk, or ride a bicycle for the rest of your life. If you’re an active person this can be emotionally devastating. All of these “damages” are included in catastrophic injury claims.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
If you’ve suffered a serious broken bone injury, we highly recommend that you hire a lawyer as soon as possible. The accident victim is entitled to recover an amount of money that will reasonably compensate for all physical, mental and emotional detriment attributable to the injury.
Without a lawyer it is almost impossible to get an insurance company to pay full value for your claim. Insurance adjusters know how to short you on damages that you’re not even aware of. An experienced injury attorney will pursue all avenues of recovery on your behalf.
When Should You Hire an Attorney?
As soon as possible. It is best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. There are multiple risks that you will face if you attempt to wander through the insurance maze by yourself. Insurance adjusters will ask you questions that seem innocent at first, but will severely harm your case. Do not speak with an insurance adjuster until after you’ve consulted with a lawyer.
To consult with our lawyer regarding your broken bone injury is completely free. Our attorney also is paid on a contingency fee. This means the attorney gets paid a percentage of what he recovers for you. That means you don’t pay any money out of pocket for legal services. This is critically important in serious injury cases. Your lawyer may pay hundreds of thousands of dollars of firm money to properly pursue your case.
How to Prevent Broken Bone Injuries
There is a lot of literature out there on how to prevent falls for individuals who are aging. This information is very helpful for landowners and individuals. Moreover, defensive driving reduces the likelihood of vehicular accidents significantly.
Individuals who have osteoporosis (severe low bone density) or osteopenia (mild low bone density) also need to be extra careful engaging in physical activity. Reducing the risk of fracture is critical for adults with these conditions.
Other Resources on this Website
If you are the victim of a broken bone injury from a bicycle accident, visit our bicycle accident page. If you were in an accident involving a truck, visit our truck accident lawyer page. If you were a pedestrian, and a vehicle injured you, visit our pedestrian accident lawyer page.