Bones provide vital structure, support, and protection for the human body. While they are light, they are also strong enough to support our weight and help us move. Despite their strength, blunt force trauma or puncture injuries can cause broken or fractured bones. These injuries can be painful, can limit your ability to perform daily tasks, and could require extensive rehabilitation and recovery time.
The injury lawyers at Butler Kahn represent people who’ve suffered bone breaks and fractures in accidents throughout Georgia. If someone else’s negligence harmed you or a loved one, you could be owed compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and more.
When you’re ready to discuss your broken bones situation with an experienced personal injury claims attorney, contact Butler Kahn for a free claim review.
What are the Common Causes of Broken Bones?
Broken bones frequently occur in accidents such as:
- Motor vehicle crashes – Broken and fractured bones are common in traffic accidents. Skull fractures often accompany traumatic brain injuries, which occur due to a violent blow to the head. A car accident victim can suffer a broken rib if the car accident victim is crushed between the seat and the dashboard or simply from the force of the seatbelt or airbag. Some motorists may instinctively put their arms out to brace for an impact, which can cause broken wrists and arms. In severe car accidents, victims could suffer a broken spinal cord, which could cause paralysis.
- Pedestrian accidents – Unlike motorists, who enjoy safety features like airbags and seatbelts, pedestrians have no form of protection from the force of an impact with a vehicle, which means their bodies are typically struck directly. This can cause broken and fractured bones all over the body, depending on where the pedestrian is hit.
- Workplace accidents – Workplace accidents are one of the leading causes of broken bones. Hazardous work environments can leave workers vulnerable to broken bones. Agriculture workers, construction workers, oil rig operators, movers, plumbers, and others who perform physical labor are at increased risk of on-the-job injuries, but a broken bone could happen in virtually any workplace.
- Falls – Falls are one of the most common causes of broken bone injuries. Falls from heights, such as raised scaffolding, can cause severe broken bone injuries all over the body. Even a fall-related to slipping or tripping could cause a break in the hip, wrist, shoulder, or other area of the body. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NSFI), falls are the leading cause of ER visits, and fractures are among the most severe consequences of falls.
If you suffered a broken bone due to someone else’s misconduct, then that person or entity should be responsible for the expenses and losses you suffered as a result.
What Are the Different Types of Bone Fractures from Accidents?
Bones can fracture in different ways. The classifications of types of bone fractures include:
- Open compound fracture – An open compound fracture occurs when a fractured bone penetrates the skin. Compound fractures can also occur when an external object penetrates the skin and breaks the bone.
- Oblique fracture – An oblique fracture occurs at an angle to the long axis of the bone as opposed to horizontal fractures.
- Transverse fracture – A transverse fracture occurs when the bone is fractured horizontally.
- Comminuted fracture – A comminuted fracture occurs when the bone shatters into at least three parts.
- Stable fracture – Stable fractures are simple breaks where the two broken pieces of a bone line up evenly despite being fractured.
Medical treatment for fractures depends on the severity of the injury but may include surgery, medication, and extensive physical therapy.
What Compensation Is Available for a Georgia Broken Bones Accident Claim?
If you sustained a broken or fractured bone injury caused by another party’s negligence, you could be eligible to recover compensation. This money is designed to offset expenses and losses related to your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you might be able to recover funds for:
- Present and future medical costs associated with your injuries, including hospital and medical bills, tests, scans, therapy, and medications
- Lost income, if you can’t work due to your injuries
- Decreased earning capacity, if you aren’t able to perform all of your regular job tasks because of a temporary or permanent disability
- Pain and suffering, including loss of quality of life, physical pain, emotional anguish, mental distress, and PTSD
- Punitive damages, in cases of exceptional recklessness
Our experienced broken bone injury lawyers can help you calculate your financial losses and quantify your non-financial losses.
Why Clients Choose Us for Broken Bones Cases
You shouldn’t have to deal with the insurance claims process while recovering from your injuries. The team at Butler Kahn has the resources to:
- Launch a thorough investigation into the accident that caused your injury.
- Quickly gather and preserve evidence, including photos, surveillance video footage, medical records, witness statements, and any other type of data that helps to establish the facts of your case.
- Identify all potentially liable parties involved in the accident and all possible sources of compensation.
- Calculate the losses you suffered as a result of the accident.
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Insurance companies will use a variety of tactics to try and reduce or deny your claim, but our attorneys know how to subvert those tactics. We are prepared to fight tirelessly for the full and fair compensation you deserve.
- Take your case to trial if necessary. If the insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith or if settlement talks fall through, we will not hesitate to file a personal injury claim lawsuit on your behalf and litigate your case in court.
How Do You Know When You Need Legal Help After a Broken Bone?
If someone else’s reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent actions caused you to suffer a fractured or broken bone, you should consult a lawyer to discuss your rights and legal options.
For example, if you sustained broken bone damage in a motor vehicle accident, the driver who caused the crash could be liable for your medical expenses and other losses. If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident due to a hazard on someone else’s property, the property owner or manager could be responsible for the injuries you suffered.
Our personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources to help you pursue the compensation you are entitled to, either through a negotiated settlement or a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Please be aware, Georgia has a Statute of Limitations for personal injury lawsuits. A statute of limitations limits the time in which you may bring your lawsuit to court. Georgia law limits that time to two years. Should you not bring your case before that time limit expires, you will have forfeited the opportunity. So, do not delay. Talk with us as soon as possible.
Talk to a Broken Bones Personal Injury Lawyer in Georgia About Your Case for Free
Did you sustain a broken bone injury due to someone else’s negligence? If so, contact the broken bone claims attorneys at Butler Kahn to discuss your legal options in a free consultation.