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Broken Bones in Car Accidents

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Broken bones are common injuries in car accidents. The force of impact during a crash can easily lead to fractures. Medical expenses after suffering broken bones can add up very quickly. There may also be less income coming in if you can’t return to work. The experienced car accident lawyers at Smith & Hassler can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.

What are the most common bones broken in car accidents?

A car accident can break any bone in the body, from the clavicle (collarbone), to the sternum and ribs, to the femur (upper leg bone). Common injury sites include legs, arms, hands, hips, ankles, wrists, back and neck. In addition, there are different types of fractures – some are more complicated and more difficult to treat.

Some of the most common types of broken bones in car accidents include:

  • Rib fractures
  • Arm and wrist fractures
  • Leg and ankle fractures
  • Skull and facial fractures
  • Spinal fractures
  • Clavicle (collarbone) fractures
  • Hip and pelvic fractures

How are broken bones in car accidents treated?

During a physical examination, a doctor will look for signs of a fracture, such as swelling, bruising, deformity, and tenderness. They may also use X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to provide clear images of the bone, its location, and its nature.

Treatment may involve surgery and hospitalization. The bone must be set and immobilized – for example, with a cast or brace. This helps to keep the bone in place, reduce pain, and prevent further injury. Pain relief is crucial in fracture treatment. This often involves over-the-counter pain relievers for mild cases and prescription medications for more severe pain.

In some cases, surgery is needed to implant pins or screws to set the bone and promote healing. Other treatments may involve medication and eventually, physical therapy. There may also be multiple follow-up visits with doctors.

 How long does it take to recover from a broken bone after a car accident?

Recovery from a broken bone can take weeks, months or even longer depending on your circumstances and type of injury. There may be long-term effects, such as the development of arthritis, or loss of strength. In some cases, someone with broken bones in the leg may walk with a limp or require the use of a cane or crutch.

Following your doctor’s recommendations is critical for recovery. Be sure to keep weight off the injured area if advised and avoid physical activities that could worsen your condition.

What is the average settlement for a broken bone in a car accident?

Initially, there is no fixed amount for your broken bone car accident settlement. More severe or complex fractures generally result in higher settlements than simple fractures. This includes costs for emergency care, surgery, hospital stays, medications, medical devices, and ongoing physical therapy.

If your bone fracture results in time away from work or a decreased ability to work in the future, your settlement may include compensation for lost wages and loss of future earning potential. Additionally, you may be eligible for pain and suffering damages. The amount can vary significantly based on the impact your bone fracture has on your life.

The attorneys at Smith & Hassler will accurately add up your damages to determine how much money you’re entitled to.

Why do I need a lawyer for a broken bone injury claim?

When negligence led to the accident that caused your broken bone injuries, you deserve financial compensation. Insurance companies are supposed to help, but the reality is they are not on your side. They are in business to make money, so they’ll try to pay you as little as possible to help keep their profits as high as possible.

"Highly recommend Brian Stansell. Great attorney, was always honest and straight forward from the beginning. Kept me updated through out the whole process. If I ever had any questions with the case I would email/ call him and get a response within minutes. I was involved in a car wreck and broke a few bones/ teeth, very rough recovery. He took the stress of dealing with the hospital bills, insurance process, debt collectors etc. weight off of my shoulders. He was back and forth with the insurance company to make sure they paid what was fair, we ended up getting more than expected thanks to his consistency. Even after the case was settled he still reached out to me to tell me if I have any issues with the hospital bills to contact him and he would help however he could. Can’t stress this enough, highly recommend Brain Stansell. Great attorney." — C

Some of the ways they will try to limit your compensation include questioning the seriousness of your injuries or the need for certain types of treatment. They may try to avoid payment by arguing that you caused the accident. Or they will make a settlement offer that falls far short of the compensation you should be getting.

Our lawyers are familiar with the tactics that insurance companies use to pay victims less then they deserve. We help you fight back. Our lawyers are committed to helping you recover the maximum compensation possible and ensure that you get the help you need.

Call us today for a free consultation

We focus on building strong cases by investigating your car accident, gathering evidence, and getting the facts. Our legal team carefully reviews all relevant documentation, such as accident reports and medical records. We identify witnesses to the accident and interview them. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.

Our firm has been helping the injured in the Houston area since 1989. During that time, we’ve developed a reputation as a law firm that doesn’t stop fighting for clients until we get the right results. It’s one reason we are often able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance companies that meets your needs.

It costs nothing to talk to us and if we do represent you, there are no upfront fees or other charges. In fact, because we work on a contingency fee basis, you owe us nothing unless we win. We’ll cover all the costs of moving your case forward. If we don’t recover compensation for you, we don’t get paid.

If you suffered a broken bone injury in a Houston car accident, learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney.

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