According to osteo-pharma.com, on average, every person in the United States will experience two broken bones over the course of their lifetimes. Vertebral or spinal fractures are the most common fractures for those over the age of 50, as are hip fractures. Out of the approximately two million broken bones and fractures a year, most of these will usually heal, although complications can arise in 5-15 percent of these broken bones and fractures. In case of such complications or any legal concerns related to broken bone injuries, it is important to consult a Fort Worth broken bone injury attorney who can provide expert guidance and representation to ensure your rights are protected.
A broken bone can be extremely painful, potentially causing swelling and deformity. In some cases, it can be difficult to tell whether a bone is broken if it is not obviously out of its normal position. Some people will hear a “snap” or a grinding noise at the time of the injury, and there may be bruising, tenderness, swelling, and pain around the broken bone. It can be particularly painful to put weight on the injury, touch the injury, or press on the injury. The shock of breaking a bone can cause you to be dizzy and nauseous.
Failure to receive appropriate medical treatment for a broken bone can lead to a permanent deformity, a serious infection, or long-term problems with your bones and joints. While a relatively minor fracture can heal in six-eight weeks, a tibia fracture could take twenty weeks—or even longer. Each injury is unique in some way, and you are unique. Your health, age, and the severity of your injury can impact the length of time it takes to heal.
If you are dealing with a broken bone from an accident caused by an individual who was negligent or careless, you may be unable to work and make a living and could be facing extremely high medical bills. Having a Fort Worth broken bone injury attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm can make a significant difference in the outcome of your injury. We will zealously fight for your rights, ensuring you receive the medical treatments you need and the financial settlement you deserve.
Fractures are essentially caused by trauma, osteoporosis, or overuse. Osteoporosis is common among older individuals, particularly women. Overuse fractures occur when a repetitive motion tires the muscles and places excess force on the bone, resulting in a stress fracture. Trauma occurs in an accident. Motor vehicle accidents can commonly cause broken bones and fracture injuries, as can construction accidents, work accidents, and slip and fall accidents.
Car accidents can cause a broken bone or fracture when a body part slams into a hard surface, like the dash, steering wheel, or windshield. Broken bones and fractures are much less likely when a seat belt is worn, although, in some instances, a seat belt can cause a broken rib when the impact is severe. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians have virtually no protection when hit by a motor vehicle. While a motorcyclist or bicyclist might wear a helmet, when they are hit by a vehicle, they typically fly through the air, making contact with a hard surface. That contact can lead to broken bones.
When a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, they are likely to have multiple broken bones, depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the accident. Those who are involved in a truck accident may also have multiple broken bones and fractures. The sheer size difference between an 80,000-pound loaded truck and trailer and a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle virtually ensures there will be severe, even catastrophic injuries. Those injuries could include broken bones and fractures.
There are several different kinds of fracture injuries, including open and closed fractures. An open fracture means the skin has been pierced by the bone or by a blow that breaks open the skin. Open fractures are most commonly known as compound fractures. A closed fracture is also known as a simple fracture, meaning while the bone is broken or fractured, the skin remains intact. Other types of fractures include the following:
Your treatment will depend on the type of fracture you receive; the length of time it takes you to heal will also depend on the type of fracture, along with your own personal health history and age.
If you believe you have a broken bone following an auto accident, slip, and fall, construction accident, or work accident, try your best to keep the area immobile. If the bone fracture has broken the skin, stop any bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. Apply ice packs to limit swelling and help remove the pain, and seek medical attention as quickly as possible. If you even suspect a broken bone, you must take it seriously to avoid more serious issues in the future.
How much your Fort Worth broken bone injury settlement could be worth depends on a number of factors. First, your attorney will determine whether liability is clear—that is, was your bone fracture injury caused by another’s negligence or carelessness? Next, your attorney will determine how long your recovery is likely to take and how long you will be away from your job as a result of your Fort Worth bone fracture injury. Your personal injury attorney will carefully calculate your damages, including economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include medical expenses, both current and future, and lost wages, both current and future. Non-economic damages tend to be more difficult to quantify and encompass pain and suffering—both physical and emotional pain and trauma. The extent to which your fractured bone or bones has altered your life and will alter your life in the future will also have bearing on your settlement amount. Finally, the skill of your personal injury attorney has a significant bearing on your Fort Worth broken bone injury. When you have a highly skilled Fort Worth personal injury attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm, you can expect the maximum amount of damages for your injuries.
When you’ve experienced a broken bone from an accident caused by the negligence or carelessness of another, you need help—and you need it quickly. At Noteboom—The Law Firm, we have been helping people in similar situations for almost four decades. We have an exemplary reputation in the industry, receiving the vast majority of our clients from referrals rather than television advertising.
We are unique in that our legal team works together for every client, including our on-staff investigator. At Noteboom—The Law Firm, we tell prospective clients, “If you can find a better law firm, hire them,” because we are that confident in our abilities. If you’ve received a broken or fractured bone injury from an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact Noteboom—The Law Firm today.