West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers
Broken bones, known in the medical world as “fractures,” are incredibly common. The average person will experience two fractures during his or her lifetime. However, just because they are common does not mean that these are not serious injuries. In fact, broken bones often lead to significant pain, temporary disability, lengthy recovery periods, and other challenges. In severe cases, a broken bone may lead to additional medical complications and even permanent disability.
If you suffered a broken bone in an accident or due to someone else’s negligence, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. You should not have to suffer the physical and financial consequences of another person’s careless or reckless conduct on your own; by filing a claim, you can seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
Types of Fractures
When trauma or force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself, it can lead to a fracture. There are several different types of fractures, ranging in the way the bone breaks and the severity of the injury.
The main categories of fractures are:
- Incomplete: Also known as a “hairline fracture” or “minor fracture,” an incomplete fracture is one in which the bone does not break completely. Even though they are considered “mild,” incomplete fractures can cause severe pain.
Complete: A complete fracture involves complete separation/breakage of the bone.
There are several different types of complete fractures depending on how
the break occurs:
- A transverse fracture occurs when the break is straight across the bone
- An oblique fracture involves a breakage occurring across the bone at an oblique angle
- A spiral fracture occurs when the bone breaks in a corkscrew-like patterns.
- A longitudinal fracture is a complete fracture occurring along the long axis of the bone
- A comminuted fracture occurs when the bone breaks into more than two parts
- Simple: A simple fracture occurs when the skin remains intact (unbroken), and the bone is not exposed to the outside air.
- Compound: A compound fracture involves broken skin, typically caused by the bone pushing through the skin and becoming exposed.
All types of broken bones are considered serious and require medical attention. However, the more severe the break, the more likely the victim will experience additional damage, such as soft tissue damage and complications.
Common Causes of Broken Bones
Generally speaking, broken bones are caused by excessive force on the bones. More specifically, broken bones frequently occur due to blunt force trauma caused by accidents and other catastrophic events.
Some of the most common causes of fractures include:
- Auto accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Dog bites and attacks
- Medical malpractice and negligence
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Slip and falls
- Truck accidents
- Violence/criminal acts
- Workplace accidents
If you believe your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim and could be entitled to financial compensation. Reach out to our West Virginia broken bone attorneys at Warner Law Offices, PLLC to learn more during a free, confidential consultation.
How Are Broken Bones/Fractures Treated?
Time is often the best treatment for fractures, coupled with devices that correctly position the bone during healing, such as casts, splits, and pins. Crutches are also often used if the bone is a weight-bearing bone.
Sometimes, internal fixation is essential to stabilize the bone as it heals. Metal plates, pins, or screws are used and are often permanent. If there are complications or affected tissues, extra treatment may be needed, such as surgery.
Activity is often limited until the bone can mend. Rehabilitative services may be needed to completely heal the body. All of this can quickly lead to costly medical bills and weeks or months off work. For victims and their families, the effects of a broken bone can be disastrous, resulting in significant physical pain and financial hardship.
When Can You File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
When fractures are the result of a preventable accident, the at-fault person or party may be held liable. In other words, you can bring a claim against the party responsible for the accident or incident that caused your injury and seek financial compensation for your damages.
To have grounds for a case, you will need to prove the following:
- The other person/party (known as the “defendant”) owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a legal responsibility to act reasonably and take appropriate measures to prevent you from being injured and/or harmed
- The defendant failed to uphold the duty of care, typically by acting negligently, wrongfully, recklessly, carelessly, or intentionally
- You were injured as a result of the defendant’s breach of the duty of care, meaning you would not have been injured/harmed had they acted reasonably and with due care
- You suffered measurable economic and/or non-economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost income/wages, pain and suffering, lost quality of life, etc.
At Warner Law Offices, PLLC, our West Virginia personal injury attorneys can help you seek fair financial recovery after a serious fracture or broken bone injury. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we know what it takes to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.
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If you would like to learn more about filing a broken bone/fracture lawsuit against a negligent party, reach out to Warner Law Offices, PLLC today. We provide free initial consultations and do not collect any attorney fees unless/until we win your case. If we do not recover a settlement or verdict for you, you do not pay.