Bone Fracture Injuries
When you experience a serious fall or are involved in a car accident, the amount of force put on your body can be enough to cause bone fracture injuries. Serious bone fractures can affect a person’s day-to-day life and lead to long-term consequences. The use of crutches or a wheelchair, the need for rehabilitation, and the inability to work or manage daily life are all quite common when a person breaks a bone in an accident.
If you have been in an accident due to someone else’s negligence and have broken a bone or bones it is important to speak with an experienced accident attorney near you. They will be able to determine the need for compensation in your case to make sure expenses like medical bills or loss of wages are covered. The legal team here at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has extensive experience helping our clients who have suffered broken bones recover damages so that they can move on with their lives.
Why Are We the Right Choice as Your Florida Bone Fracture Lawyers?
- WE ARE A LAW FIRM WITH A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE.That excellence has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report with a “Best Law Firm” rating, an A+ Rating with the BBB, and an “AV” Rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating.
- WE’VE BEEN AROUND FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND HAVE HELPED OVER 20K CLIENTS.When you hire Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to handle your Tampa accident injury claim you can be confident that we’re not some fly-by-night operation. As car accident lawyers, we’re deeply committed to the Tampa community.
- YOU DON’T PAY US UNLESS WE WIN.It costs you nothing to hire our Tampa bone fracture accident lawyers. We only take a fee if we successfully recover money for you. Our injury lawyers also offer free consultations. If you think you might have a claim, we are ready to tell you for sure.
- WE’RE FREQUENTLY REFERRED CASES BY OTHER ATTORNEYS AND BY FORMER CLIENTS.We consider it a great compliment that our colleagues in the legal profession, and our former clients, think highly enough of our Firm to refer us to their friends and family.
- WE’VE EARNED thousands of positive CLIENT REVIEWS.Perhaps the best indicator of the quality of our services as car accident lawyers is the kind words that our past clients have felt compelled to share. We encourage you to browse our reviews on Google, and to check out more written testimonials here.
- WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO TAKE YOUR CASE TO TRIAL.Many bone fracture accident injury law firms in Tampa want to settle your case as quickly as possible. While promptness is certainly a goal of ours, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial if that’s what in your best interest. We encourage you to check out our history of jury verdicts and settlements here.
- WE’LL FIGHT THE INSURANCE COMPANY TO GIVE YOU THE BEST CHANCE AT FAIR COMPENSATION.Insurance coverage in cases involving broken bones can be incredibly complex. It’s not uncommon for clients to be unaware of their insurance coverage especially related to covering medical expenses. Likewise, it is not uncommon for insurance adjusters to not fully explain the different types of coverage available to injured victims. Our experience has been that we commonly obtain significantly more compensation for our clients than was initially offered by the insurance company.
Broken Bone Accident Settlement Examples From Abrahamson & Uiterwyk
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Here are just some of our recent accident settlement payouts involving bone fracture injuries we have achieved for our Florida clients:
$1,074,169 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Right Arm, Neck and Back Injuries / Hillsborough
44-year old male was injured when the defendant sideswiped the vehicle that the client was operating. As a result of the collision the client sustained a severely fractured right arm, cervical disc herniations, and back pain. Due the severity of the fracture to the client’s right arm, the plaintiff underwent two surgeries including bone grafts to repair his arm. The amount above represents the remaining limits of available insurance in this case.
$500,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Brain Injuries / Pasco County, FL
41-year old male was severely injured while crossing the street. The driver of the defendant vehicle was in the scope and course of his employment at the time of the accident and struck the plaintiff who was a pedestrian. As a result, the plaintiff sustained severe head injuries as well as numerous broken bones throughout his body.
$1,269,936 / (Jury Verdict) Motorcycle Accident / Fractures / Citrus County, FL
Our client was on his motorcycle approaching a large car carrier truck which had negligently parked in the road without any warnings. As a result, he ended up going up the ramp of the car carrier and was ejected from the motorcycle. Our client sustained injuries, including a broken hip, leg, and other fractures. The jury’s verdict in this case was reduced by the amount of fault our client was found to have contributed to causing the accident.
Common Causes of Bone Fracture Injuries
There are a number of ways that a person could suffer a bone fracture when they have been involved in some sort of accident. Broken bones can result from tripping on a chipped sidewalk, slipping in a liquid spill at a store, being hit by a car while walking across an intersection, or being in an automobile accident. The most frequent accidents which result in bone fractures include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Nursing home falls
If your bone fracture was the result of someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost time from work, and pain and suffering. It is important to reach out to an experienced Tampa bone fracture lawyer near you after an accident to discuss your case. The sooner the better since there is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims in the state of Florida.
Types of Bone Fracture Injuries
Large and small bones in your body can be fractured if a significant amount of stress is applied. Disease and age can sometimes make bones more prone to fractures. Broken bone injuries come in a number of different forms, and your doctor may use some different terminology to describe your fracture. Types of fractures include:
- Complete Fracture—occurs when a bone is cleanly broken into two pieces. These fractures are typically the result of car accidents since quite a bit of force is needed to break a bone in two.
- Greenstick Fracture—occurs when a bone bends and cracks. Children are more likely to experience greenstick fractures because their bones are softer and more flexible than an adult’s bones.
- Open Fracture—occurs when a fractured piece of bone pierces the skin and is typically visible upon examination.
- Closed Fracture—occurs when the broken bone does not pierce the skin.
- Comminuted Fracture—occurs when the bone fractures into three pieces or more or is crushed. This is another type of fracture typically associated with car or truck accidents when large pieces of metal or plastic can end up pressed against a person.
- Displaced Fracture—occurs when a fracture not only breaks the bone but forces the pieces out of alignment and the bone will then have to be reset.
- Stress Fracture—are hairline cracks in the bone that may be hard to see on an x-ray but still cause significant pain. These type of broken bone injuries are quite common with Florida slip and fall cases.
Most Commonly Broken Bones in Accident Cases
There seem to be certain bones that are more vulnerable to fractures than others in the body due to their placement or size. The clavicle (the bone that runs between your neck and your shoulder) is the bone that is most commonly broken in a car accident or a fall. Some other areas where bones are frequently broken include:
- Arms – the humerus, ulna, and radius are the three arm bones
- Legs – the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella (the knee) are the four major leg bones
- Wrists – there are eight small bones that make up the wrist called the carpal bones
- Ankles – the seven small bones in the ankle are called the tarsal bones
- Toes & Feet – the bones which make up the foot are the metatarsal bones (foot bones) and the phalanges (toe bones)
Bone fracture injuries to these areas are not only common but can also be devastating and life-altering, depending on the extent of the injuries a person could be disabled for an extended period of time or even permanently. Any of the above-mentioned bones are essential to daily functioning, and when they become injured, it becomes difficult for a person to complete day to day tasks.
Hiring a personal injury attorney in your area who understands the complexities of cases involving broken bones and the prolonged period where medical treatment is necessary to make sure you get the compensation you need for things such as rehabilitation or to cover lost wages from missed work due to your injuries and recovery time.
Other areas of the body where broken bones are typically very serious and have a long-lasting impact on a person are the back and hips. The back is comprised of 33 separate bones which are known as vertebrae and make up your spine. These bones are divided into five sections: cervical bones, thoracic bones, lumbar bone sections, and the sacrum and coccyx bones. Any one of these bones being broken can have devastating effects on a person and in severe cases can even lead to paralysis. If you are suffering from a back injury or broken vertebrae bones after a serious accident reach out to our Florida law firm to see how we can help you.
Hip Fracture Injuries
What is a Hip Fracture?
A hip fracture is a break in the upper part of the femur or thigh bone. Hip fractures result in pain in the hip or groin. Individuals with hip fractures usually can’t put weight on their leg and are unable to walk. Doctors can usually determine that someone has a hip fracture based on their symptoms and the positioning of their leg. X-rays and other scans are used to determine the exact location and severity of a hip fracture. A risk of a hip fracture increases as you get older and the bones become weaker.
Sometimes complications can result from a hip injury. They can reduce your independence and cause you to be immobile for an extended period of time. This can lead to conditions such as blood clots, infections, bedsores, and loss of muscle mass. Some people never fully recover from a hip fracture and develop painful arthritis as a result. This can effect their day to day life and keep them from being able to work or care for their loved ones. Compensation is needed to help them pay for the expenses of medical treatments or even hiring a caregiver.
Causes of Hip Fractures
Hip fractures are commonly the result of a severe impact. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of hip fractures in people of any age. Motorcycle and pedestrian accidents can also result in hip injuries. Falls are the most common cause of hip fractures however, especially among people aged 65 years and over. Falls due to slippery floors, torn carpeting, and other hazards in businesses and nursing homes can lead to serious hip fractures.
Treatment for Hip Fractures
Hip injuries almost always require some type of surgery. Sometimes the fracture will need to be fixed using surgical screws in order to stabilize the fracture and hold it in place. Some patients require a replacement of some or all of the parts of the hip. Total hip replacement is an extensive surgery and recovery can take months.
Contact an Experienced Bone Fracture Injury Accident Attorney Near You in Florida
If you’ve sustained a bone fracture injury due to someone else’s negligence, you should consider consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years and would like to help you. Contact us online or call us at 866-511-2605 to set up your free consultation today.
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