Recovering Compensation for Broken Bones

While the types of injuries that a person sustains in an accident vary greatly depending on the type of accident in question, there are certain kinds of injuries that are more common than others. Broken bones, for instance, are one of the most commonly sustained accident-related injuries. Often, these breaks take the form of a minor fracture and can be treated relatively easily. Other breaks, however, including compound fractures, take much longer to heal and often require the surgical implantation of rods and screws in the injured area. 

These costs can quickly overwhelm a person’s finances, which can feel especially unfair to those whose accidents were the result of someone else’s negligence. Fortunately, accident victims who sustain these kinds of injuries are often able to recover compensation for medical bills and other related losses, so if you recently suffered a broken bone, or another kind of injury in an accident, you should speak with an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer about filing a claim against the person who caused your injuries. 

Types of Broken Bones

While we may often think of a broken bone as a single type of injury, there are actually a number of different kinds of broken bones that a person can sustain, including:

  • Stable fractures, which occur when a bone breaks cleanly;
  • Oblique fractures, in which a bone breaks at an angle;
  • Compound fractures, which occur when a piece of the broken bone actually pierces the skin;
  • Transverse fractures, in which a bone breaks horizontally; and
  • Comminuted fractures, which occur when a bone breaks into three or more pieces. 

The severity of the break that a person sustains depends primarily on the amount of force involved in the accident. Extreme trauma from a serious car accident, like a head-on collision or t-bone crash, for instance, is more likely to cause a bone to shatter, while less severe impacts, like a minor slip and fall accident, may only result in a small hairline crack that is more easily treated. 

Recovering Treatment-Related Costs

The kind of treatment that a person with a broken bone needs will largely be dictated by the kind of fracture that he or she suffered. Stable fractures, for instance, are typically the easiest to treat, with the bone knitting back together after a few weeks of immobilizing the injured area with a fiberglass or plaster cast. Less serious fractures can even be treated through the use of a brace, which still allows for limited movement. Compound and comminuted fractures, on the other hand, almost always require surgical intervention and the strengthening of the bone with rods and screws. The physical examinations, x-rays, and potential surgical fusing or implantation that these treatments entail can be expensive. Even after they have healed, serious breaks also often require months of physical therapy before an injured party can regain full mobility. Fortunately, those who can prove that someone else’s negligence caused their injury could recover compensation for these expenses. 

Reach Out to Our Experienced Personal Injury Legal Team

To speak with an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer about obtaining reimbursement for your own accident-related injuries, including broken bones, please call Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP at 305-371-2692 today.