Since modern medical technology has become so successful at repairing and rehabilitating broken bones, they are often considered a minor injury and a slight inconvenience at most. However, the severity of the injury greatly affects medical cost, as well as an individual’s ability to be productive at work and at home. Both of these factors are damages that can cost a person greatly, so a Fort Lauderdale broken bone accident attorney should be consulted soon after the accident.
If you or a loved one has suffered one or more broken bones at the hands of a reckless or negligent individual, an injury attorney in Ft Lauderdale can help you pursue restitution for those damages in civil court.
Fort Lauderdale Broken Bone Injury Lawyer
The personal injury team at Lisa S. Levine P.A. are driven to succeed by the compassionate desire to help those in need. Lisa has over 35 years of experience fighting for maximum compensation in cases like yours and is not afraid to take even large insurance companies to trial to get what you deserve.
If you have suffered broken bones in an accident in Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Tamarac, Coral Springs, or other nearby areas contact Lisa S. Levine P.A. to begin the fight for justice and compensation. We don’t collect until you do, and your first consultation is free – so call (954) 256-1820 to set up yours today.
Common Types of Broken Bones in Fort Lauderdale Auto Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the top causes of broken bones every year. Bone may be one of the strongest tissues in the body, but an auto accident provides the perfect combination of circumstances to cause it to fail – energy and force in amounts so great that the bone is unable to support the resulting pressure. Because of this, it is possible to break any bone in your body during a car accident.
However, there are certain fractures that are more common than others due to the types of auto accidents that occur and an individual’s instinct to brace him or herself. These include:
Hand and Wrist Fractures
- Includes shattered fingers and distal radius fracture
- Usually caused by person bracing him or herself against the steering wheel, dashboard, seat, or door panel in head-on collisions, side-impact collisions, and when rear-ended
- Can also be caused by hands interfering with airbag deployment
Arm, Elbow, and Shoulder Fractures
- Includes fractured clavicle, radial fracture, distal humerus fracture, and scapula fracture
- Caused by bracing for impact, sitting on the impact side of a T-bone collision, coming into contact with parts of the interior, and seat-belts.
Knee and Leg Fractures
- Includes tibial fractures, femoral fractures, and shattered knees
- Caused by contact of legs and knees with steering wheel, glove compartment area, or seat or if legs and knees are in a crumple or impact zone in a head-on, T-bone, or rear-end collision
Hip and Pelvis Fractures
- Includes a crushed pelvis, intracapsular, intertrochanteric, and subtrochanteric fractures
- Occurs when leg and hip bones are forced suddenly together in a head-on or rear-end collision or when coming into contact with a door panel on the impact side of a T-Bone collision
Spine, Neck, and Skull Fractures
- Includes cervical fractures, atlas fractures, axial fractures, vertebral fractures, and compression fractures
- Caused by the sudden forward, backward, or rotational motions in any collision, as well as impact with the seat, seatbelt, dashboard, door panel, window, steering wheel, airbag, or other interior feature in a head-on, rear-end, or side-impact collision
- Also occurs both in the impact side and non-impact side of a T-bone collision
Treatment of Broken Bones Sustained in a Broward County Car Accident
How a broken bone from a motor vehicle accident is treated depends largely on if it is closed, as in the fracture is contained, or open, as in the fracture has pierced through the skin and is prone to infection, or if it is a hairline fracture, partial break, complete break, or shattered. Other injuries around the broken bone must also be taken into consideration. The most common treatments for broken bones include:
- Closed Reduction – when a doctor realigns the bone together without open surgery
- Open Reduction – when a doctor realigns the bone together in open surgery, can include the use of plates and screws
- Immobilization – a splint, cast, and/or sling are used to immobilize the broken bone and the bones surrounding it after reduction to make sure it heals correctly
- Traction – Helps the bone heal together properly without interfering with alignment, and while lessen or eliminate muscle spasms and pressure on nerves
- Rehabilitation – After bone is healed back together, the patient may need to rehabilitate the related muscles and joints in order to regain former use
All of these treatments can be intensive and last weeks to months depending on the age and health of the patient. Meanwhile, medical expenses will pile up, and so will lost wages if the person is employed. An experienced Broward County auto accident injury attorney can fight for the restitution of those and other damages.
Recoverable Damages from Broken Bones in Weston
The most immediate financial concern after suffering one or multiple broken bones is being able to cover initial treatment. But depending on the injury, you could also be dealing with future symptoms, functionality, and quality of life. Therefore if you have suffered broken or shattered bones as a result of a car accident caused by another driver’s negligent or reckless actions, a skilled Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney may be able to help you pursue the following:
- EMT/Ambulance Costs
- Emergency Room Costs
- Current and Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Temporary or permanent disfigurement
- Pain and Suffering
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Claims
In order to determine the value of a case, a variety of factors are taken into consideration. You will need to consider the severity of your injuries; the duration, extent, and cost of your disability; your medical bills; as well as the possibility of permanent injuries. In the event that you are partially liable for the accident/injury, your case will be worth substantially less according to your percentage of fault.
There is a “statute of limitations” in each state that governs the time limit during which you can file a claim. There is a four-year statute of limitations on liability claims arising from personal injuries in Florida, and a two-year limitation on medical malpractice claims.
The complexity and size of each case determine the cost. But the important things is that we only receive payment after you do. We work on contingency, so legal fees are only charged if we win your case. You won’t have to worry about up front costs.
Finding the Best Lawyer After an Accident Resulting in Broken Bones
Though a seemingly minor injury because of its commonality, a broken bone can be painful while seriously interfering with your way of life. If you have suffered broken or shattered bones as a result of a motorist’s reckless actions in Broward County, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, or the surrounding areas you deserve proper compensation.
Call the experienced personal injury team of Lisa S. Levine P.A. at (954) 256-1820 today to schedule your free and honest initial consultation.