Suffering a broken bone in an accident can be quite traumatic. For someone who has never experienced the feeling of a broken bone, the shock, numbness, and inability to move the injured limb can be very unsettling, and the recovery process can be uncomfortable and lengthy. If this injury interfered with your day-to-day activities or limited what you can do at work, you may suffer serious financial harm from the injury and the associated medical expenses.
If you or a loved one received a broken bone in an avoidable accident, you may be able to hold the parties responsible for the accident accountable for your injury. Fayetteville, Arkansas broken bone injury lawyer Ken Kieklak may be able to take your case to court and fight to get you the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses from a broken bone injury. To schedule a free legal consultation about your case, contact Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law, today at (479) 316-0438.
Types of Broken Bone Injuries
Broken bones are classified in a few different ways based on details of the injury. First, breaks or “fractures” are usually known as “open” or “closed” fractures depending on whether or not the bone punctures the skin. “Open” fractures are also called “compound” fractures and usually require surgery to properly set the bone and heal the wounds.
Second, fractures have different names depending on how the bone broke. A “stable” fracture means that the bones still line up, but there is nonetheless a break that needs to be healed. While a “stable” fracture leaves the bone in two pieces, a “comminuted” fracture is more serious and leaves the bone in multiple pieces (3 or more). This often requires surgery, pins and screws, and other intervention to “set” the bone back into shape and get all the pieces where they need to go.
The direction of the break is also important. If the break is squared across and perpendicular to the length of the bone, it is called a “transverse” fracture. This is different from an “oblique” fracture, where the fracture line is at an angle. For weight-bearing bones such as those in the leg, a transverse fracture can require pins, rods, and other surgical intervention to reinforce the bone or else the angled pieces may slide apart when weight is put on the bone.
Lastly, there are other special types of fractures. The most well known is the “spiral” fracture, where a twisted arm or leg can have the bone break into a spiral shape as the limb rotates. These are often serious and require surgical intervention and a long recovery time, especially if you suffer a spiral fracture to a weight-bearing bone.
Fractures in other bones, such as the collar bone, nose, vertebrae, broken ribs, or the pelvis can also use these names, but these breaks are quite different from broken bones in the arm or leg and often require different medical treatment than a cast or a brace.
Causes of Bone Fractures in Accidents
Broken bones can occur in many car accidents and other accidents that involve blunt force trauma. Falling and striking against an object or the ground is a common cause of broken legs, arms, ribs, collar bones, and hips, especially for older adults. A broken bone in a car accident could also occur because of forceful trauma from the crash itself. Alternatively, even trauma from the seatbelt or airbag can break a rib or break your nose.
Accidents during sports, extreme sports, off-road driving or biking, or other activities can also cause broken bones. In many cases, children are injured because of negligent supervision, or adults are injured because of defective gear or safety devices or poor training from instructors or coaches.
Suing for a Broken Bone Injury in Arkansas
Taking the at-fault party to court after suffering a bone fracture in an accident can help you get the compensation you need to cover your expenses. The cost of medical care to treat a broken bone can be quite high, especially if the break is severe and requires surgical intervention, medical implants, crutches or wheelchairs, or rehabilitation and physical therapy.
If you suffered a broken bone that prevents you from working, you may also lose significant income during your recovery period. Broken bones in the skull or back can make it difficult to return to work at all, and this reduced earning capacity should also be compensated alongside any lost income in a lawsuit.
Lastly, pain and suffering is often quite high in broken bone cases. The healing process is long and painful after a fracture, and there is little you can do to speed up the process except rest and bear the pain. This can often yield high compensation for injuries across the board, especially if the injury interferes with your enjoyment of recreational activities or makes it more difficult to perform day-to-day chores and activities.
Talk to an attorney about what your case might be worth. In many broken bone cases, the damages paid through insurance payouts or settlements with the at-fault party may be too low to compensate you fully. Talk to a lawyer before accepting any payments to ensure you get the compensation you need for your case.
Call Our Fayetteville Bone Fracture Lawyer for a Free Legal Consultation
Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law offers free legal consultations for injury victims to help them understand what their case might be worth and how to proceed with filing an injury lawsuit. If you or a loved one broke a bone in an accident and needs financial compensation, call Fayetteville, AR broken bone injury lawyer Ken Kieklak today at (479) 316-0438.