Car accidents can lead to incredibly serious and life-threatening injuries. Injuries such as fractured bones can come with high medical costs, including initial treatment, imaging services, surgery, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Additionally, breaking a bone or suffering a fracture can also put you out of work, making it even more challenging to pay off your medical expenses.
You need to allow your body to recover fully after a car accident, and you shouldn’t have to worry about financial ruin to receive necessary medical treatments. The car accident lawyers at Poynter & Bucheri Accident Recovery can help you recover compensation for your injuries and lost wages. We’ll work to settle your case or fight for you in court so that you don’t need to stress about your finances while you recover from broken bones.
If you were injured in a car accident, you have the right to seek compensation, and you shouldn’t settle for insurance companies attempting to provide you with the bare minimum in damages. At Poynter & Bucheri, we work to earn victims of car accidents the maximum amount of compensation possible for their broken bones and other injuries. Let our team of expert personal injury and car accident attorneys work for you so that you can make a speedy recovery.
Signs That You Broke a Bone
If you suspect that you’ve broken a bone after a car accident, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Failing to receive medical attention can hurt your claim with insurance, and, more importantly, it can be highly detrimental to your short-term and long-term health.
If you don’t receive immediate medical attention for your injury, it may appear that the injury is not serious, which then hurts the status of your claim. Leaving a fractured bone untreated can lead to infections and leave you permanently deformed.
Signs that indicate that you may have broken a bone include:
- Severe pain
- Swelling or bruising of the affected area
- Limited or no range of motion
- Numbness or tingling
- Visible deformities
Once you notice any of these signs of a broken bone, you need to seek medical assistance as soon as possible to mitigate long-term damage to the injured area.
When you enter a medical emergency room or another medical facility, you’ll likely receive an examination and imaging of the potentially afflicted area. You may receive an X-Ray, MRI, or CT scan. All of these procedures can add up to a costly amount, and you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket. You need legal experts at your side to help you recover full compensation for medical treatments.
You Need an Attorney For Broken Bone and Fractures
Insurance companies often try to low-ball the compensation they provide for victims of car accidents. Don’t let insurance companies fool you––you deserve more for your wreck. If your injury was caused by someone else’s mistake on the road, you can recover compensation for medical bills, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, lost wages, and more.
Don’t face insurance companies alone after breaking a bone––contact Poynter & Bucheri Accident Recovery Attorneys at Law at 1-800-265-9981. We offer no-risk, free evaluations to discuss your case. We’ll provide you with information regarding your legal options so that you can move forward with receiving the compensation you deserve.
What’s the Difference Between a Broken Bone and a Fracture?
Although you may hear that someone “broke a bone” or “fractured a bone,” the reality is that they’re the same thing. Some people think that a “fracture” is more severe than a “break” or vice versa, but they’re used interchangeably. That being said, many different types of broken or fractured bones differ in their overall severity. Whether you suspect that you’ve broken a bone or if you’ve already been diagnosed by a medical professional, you need to know about the different types of broken/fractured bones.
The types of fractures include:
- Closed Fractures: Closed fractures don’t break the skin. Car accidents often result in closed fractures, and they can be detected by receiving an X-ray or other imaging service and/or an examination.
- Hairline Breaks: Hairline fractures also know as stress fractures, aren’t as serious as other types of fractures. These types of fractures only affect the outer layer of the bone and result in a shallow amount of damage to the bone and tissue.
- Complete Bone Fractures: Complete bone fractures refer to the entire width of the bone breaking. These types of fractures can be incredibly serious regardless of whether or not it breaks the skin or remains closed.
- Spiral Fractures: Spiral fractures refer to the shape of the fracture. If the bone receives trauma from a twisting motion, it can cause a spiral-looking fracture in the bone. These types of fractures are often very serious and require imaging services, such as an X-ray.
- Impact or Compression Fractures: This type of fracture typically damages a person’s vertebral column. Part of the vertebrae becomes compressed due to trauma and then breaks as a result.
- Oblique Fractures: Oblique fractures are not as common as other types of fractures, but they’re typically more severe. These fractures occur when force breaks the bone at an angle, resulting in the bone having a sharp angle break. Oblique fractures are unstable and should receive immediate treatment.
- Fracture-Dislocation: A fracture-dislocation occurs when a bone is fractured near a joint, which then results in the joint being dislocated.
- Fragmented Break: A fragmented break refers to the shattering of a bone. The bone is broken into many pieces.
- Transverse Bone Fracture: Transverse bone fractures occur when there’s a transverse break or fissure within the bone that affects it at a right angle.
- Greenstick Fracture: Greenstick fractures affect only one side of a bone. The bone bends due to the fracture and the fracture is only visible on the outer part of the bent bone. These types of fractures are less serious than others and don’t require as long of a recovery time.
Compound (Open) Bone Fractures
A compound or open bone fracture is the opposite of a closed fracture––the broken bone breaks the skin and becomes visible. These types of breaks are usually more severe than closed fractures and come with the added risk of infection. The open wound accompanying the broken bone is susceptible to becoming infected, so leaving it untreated can have life-threatening consequences.
Compound fractures result from significant force, such as a car accident. The severity of these fractures is measured with a system known as the Gustilo open fracture classification system, which was named after one of its creators, Ramón Gustilo.
The system includes:
- Grade I: Grade one is an open fracture with a clean wound that is under one centimeter.
- Grade II: Grade two open fractures contain a wound that’s between one and ten centimeters and don’t have significant soft-tissue damage or avulsions.
- Grade IIIA: Grade three A is open with significant soft tissue flaps and/or lacerations or came about because of a significant trauma that broke the skin.
- Grade IIIB: Grade three B comes with a significant loss of soft tissue, periosteal stripping, and bone damage. This usually leads to tissue contamination and requires a soft-tissue coverage procedure.
- Grade IIIC: Grade three C involves an arterial injury.
Why Fractures are Common in Car Accidents
The amount of force generated by vehicles hitting one another can result in significant enough trauma to the human body to lead to minor or severely fractured bones. Two vehicles hitting each other at high speeds can result in serious breaks, but hitting a stationary object, such as a tree or street light, can also lead to life-threatening injuries and significant breaks.
Injured? Speak With One of Our Legal Experts
If you broke a bone or received other injuries after experiencing a wreck, contact our personal injury car accident attorneys today. Broken bones often lead to months or even years of treatment, and if you don’t receive the damages you deserve from the at-fault party or their insurance, you could be paying out of pocket.
At Poynter & Bucheri Accident Recovery Attorneys at Law, our lawyers have numerous years of experience getting victims of car accident injuries the money they need for medical bills and recovery. We offer 24/7 support for any of your questions regarding car accidents and personal injuries, and we even offer free case evaluations to get you started with your claim.
Treating Broken Bones and Fractures
Depending on the type of fracture you receive, you may live with your injury for the rest of your life.
After experiencing a break, you may receive a cast and be prescribed medications. More severe fractures often also require surgery and extended periods of physical or occupational therapy. This is often necessary after a cast or surgery because the affected area needs to regain range of motion and strength.
Your treatment usually requires many different costly treatments, and you’ll often need periods of rest away from work, especially if your job involves physical labor.
Get the Compensation You Deserve For Injuries
If you were injured due to the fault of another person, you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for medical bills and any wages you may lose while you’re out of work. Personal injury attorneys can help you recover the money you spend for your treatment and your lost wages. When you work with the Indianapolis broken bone injury lawyers at Poynter & Bucheri, you can recover compensation for:
- Vehicle damages
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional damage, such as post-traumatic stress disorder
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of future earnings
We can’t speculate on how much you can recover because every case is unique, but we can estimate the kind of compensation you can expect once we hear your case. Contact us today to learn more about recovering damages for broken bones.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve suffered from broken bones or other injuries because of a car accident, you need seasoned legal professionals to assist you with your claim. Insurance companies are hoping to compensate you as little as possible for damages, so you need legal professionals fighting for your rights to full compensation. The Indianapolis personal injury and car accident lawyers at Poynter and Bucher Accident Recovery Attorneys at Law can help you with your case so that you earn the most compensation possible for your medical expenses and recovery. If you’re ready to learn more about how expert car accident and personal injury attorneys can get you more compensation for your injuries, call our office at 1-800-265-9881, or you can request a free consultation here.