On average, a person will experience two broken bones, or fractures, over the course of his or her lifetime. A broken bone can significantly affect your life. You may suffer severe pain when the fracture occurs, and your recovery could require surgery, physical therapy and more. You may also miss time from work due to your injury. You may be unable to support yourself or enjoy normal activities.
If you fractured a bone in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you should not have to pay for the costs that you have incurred out of your own pocket. Nor should you struggle to pay your bills and other financial responsibilities if someone else’s actions forced you to miss work.
At Englander Peebles, our experienced personal injury attorneys are here to review your case and seek maximum compensation for you. We know how insurance companies try to take advantage of injured people and their families in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida. We will aggressively protect your rights. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.
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Common Causes of Bone Fractures
Broken bones can result from many different types of accidents that people cause due to their negligence. At Englander Peebles, we often work with clients who have suffered fractures due to:
Slip and falls
A person may suffer a foot, ankle, or leg fracture in a fall or a hand, wrist, or arm fracture while trying to protect themselves in a fall. Slip and fall accidents can occur when Florida property owners fail to take reasonable steps to make their property safe for visitors.
Arms, shoulders and legs are the areas most commonly fractured in car accidents. Crash victims also can suffer rib fractures which can lead to internal organ injuries.
Motorcycles offer no structural protection. Operators and passengers may suffer fractures from the impact with a motor vehicle or from getting thrown from the bike. All too often, these crashes occur in Fort Lauderdale because vehicle drivers fail to see motorcyclists or simply refuse to share the road safely with them.
Pedestrians are unprotected when crossing the street or walking on sidewalks. Due to the weight and impact of even a slow-moving vehicle, these accidents can easily cause broken bones.
If you experience any accident that resulted in a broken bone, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. When you speak with Englander Peebles, we will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and help you to explore all legal options available to you. Above all, we will be aggressive when dealing with insurance companies. They will quickly see that we are ready to go to trial if that’s what it takes to fight for the compensation that you are due.
Common Types of Fractures
The severity of your fracture and its impact on your ability to work and enjoy your life will be important factors as we seek compensation for you. The most common types of fractures that we see when working with clients in Fort Lauderdale and other areas of Florida include:
When a single bone breaks into several pieces
When the bone breaks perpendicular to the long part of the bone
An angled break through the bone (similar to splintering as opposed to a clean break), which can be difficult to set and requires a long recovery time.
Caused by disease to the bone that weakens the area where the fracture occurs.
A small crack in the bone which is typically caused by overuse or compression.
When fragments on each side the break fail to align properly.
When soft tissue such as a ligament separates from the bone.
Greenstick fractures, buckle fractures and growth plate fractures are injuries that children frequently suffer in accidents.
What Compensation Can You Recover If You Suffer a Fracture in an Accident?
The type and amount of compensation available to you for an accident-related broken bone will depend on the nature and severity of your injury. If your accident occurred due to the negligence or fault of another party, you may be eligible to recover damages through a settlement or verdict. An experienced broken bone attorney from Englander Peebles can examine the evidence and other information in your case and determine what your claim is potentially worth. Some of the factors that we will consider are:
Type of Fracture
Certain types of fractures can be more painful, debilitating, and, ultimately, costly than other types of breaks in terms of medical treatment and missed time at work.
A fracture typically requires realignment, or “reduction.” Often, the reduction requires a doctor to insert a plate, screw, nail or wire. A patient may then need to wear a brace, cast or sling for several weeks or months in order to keep the bone stabilized. Often, a patient must take medication to prevent pain and inflammation. If complications arise, the patient may need surgery or other additional treatment. The medical bills can quickly pile up.
Loss of Income
If you cannot go back to work for an extended period of time due to a fracture, or if you cannot return to your former line of work, you may be able to recover compensation for loss of income and reduction of your future earning ability.
Pain and suffering
A broken bone can cause immense physical pain and emotional distress. This is especially true if the fracture prevents you from being able to do work around the home or enjoy the same activities as you did before the fracture.
At Englander Peebles, we will handle all aspects of your personal injury claim and allow you to focus on your health and your family instead of wasting energy on fighting with an insurance company. We have the knowledge and resources to go toe to toe with insurance companies and demand maximum compensation for your fracture injury.
Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Bone Fracture Lawyers Today
If you have suffered a broken bone injury in Fort Lauderdale or surrounding communities in the Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade areas, contact Englander without delay. We will provide a free consultation, and we will charge nothing for our legal services unless we secure compensation for you.