After running various errands all day in the Utica area, John was on his way home after picking up some supplies for his four-year-old daughter’s birthday party that evening. Suddenly, what went from a standard drive in his neighborhood turned into a nightmare. A careless driver ran a stop sign and slammed into the side of John’s car. His daughter celebrated her birthday in the hospital that evening, while John suffered through the pain from a severe bone fracture he suffered as a result of the crash.
Bone Fractures After A Car Accident In New York
Broken bones are very common injuries following a car accident. The injuries are usually caused by the force of the crash, the body being jolted, limbs being twisted or bent unnaturally, or getting struck by external objects. Because every car crash is unique, the bone fracture depends on the accident. A few of the more common car accident injuries involving broken bones include fractured:
- Vertebrae in the spine
- Bones in the sternum
- Bones in the neck
- Bones in the skull
- Bones in the ankles
Types Of Fractures After An Accident
Among these injured bones, there are various types of fractures such as:
Hairline – This involves partial breaks or small cracks in the bone. These can sometimes go undiagnosed and grow if the injured person does not receive medical treatment.
Stable – The broken ends of the bone line up and are hardly out of place in this injury.
Transverse – This injury is when a bone is broken into two pieces due to pressure or a direct hit.
Stress – Common in children, a stress fracture is a partial break.
Buckle – This is an incomplete fracture, when the bone begins to bend, rupture, or strain without a break. These are also common in children with undeveloped bones.
Oblique – An oblique fracture occurs at an angled pattern.
Comminuted – This type of injury involves the bone-shattering into three or more pieces.
Compound – A compound fracture is one of the most severe types of bone fractures. This serious injury is when a broken bone will protrude through the skin. Compound fractures come with a high risk of infection.
What If My Bone Fracture Was Misdiagnosed
Some fractures, usually if they are less severe, can go misdiagnosed or undetected. Medical neglect can be a valid argument if the doctor rushed your treatment or if they performed an X-Ray but still missed the injury. If either is the case, you may be entitled to compensation.
Broken Bone Lawsuit
A broken bone lawsuit can go a variety of ways. If a person suffered a broken leg as a result of a car accident involving a careless driver, the victim may decide to pursue a lawsuit against the other driver. In another example, if a person suffered a hip fracture that went undiagnosed despite obtaining medical treatment, the victim may claim medical negligence. Victims may seek compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering.
Typical Bone Fracture Settlements In New York
Bone fracture settlements range between the thousands depending on the type of injury, how it occurred, and the extent of the damage as a result of the injury. In New York State, there was a case where a child fell and suffered a broken arm. The family received $350,000 in damages. In another case, a 57-year old man received $985,000 in damages after a comminuted wrist fracture needed surgery. But you cannot receive your fair compensation unless you contact a personal injury attorney to help.
If you’ve or a loved one has suffered from a bone fracture, you need The People’s Lawyer on your side. You may be experiencing feelings of frustration and confusion but the personal injury lawyers at Brindisi, Murad, Brindisi and Pearlman are here to help you through. We have the experience and passion to fight for you. Contact our office for a free consultation today.
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