Bone fractures, large or small, can occur when significant stress is applied to bone tissue that cannot withstand it without cracking or breaking, and auto accidents are among the leading causes of these injuries in the United States. If you or a loved one has suffered a bone fracture in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses, and we at Agruss Law Firm are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected.
There are many different types of bone fractures. These include:
- Avulsion fractures – These involve broken bones as well as damage where a tenant or ligament attaches to the bone.
- Bowing fractures – These occur primarily in children when the bone “bends” but doesn’t break entirely.
- Complete fractures – These usually involve a bone being broken into two pieces.
- Comminuted fractures – These involve a bone being broken into three or more pieces or crushed entirely.
- Greenstick fractures – A bone cracks on one side, but not “through” to the other side.
- Open fractures – The broken bone pierces the skin, resulting in mild or severe bleeding.
- Single fractures – A bone only breaks at a single location.
The most common broken bones sustained in auto accidents are as follows, in no particular order: damage to spinal vertebrae in the back or neck commonly results from rear-end or head-on accidents, and vertebral fractures can be especially serious and even deadly. Skull fractures, also known as cranial fractures, are typically caused by blunt force trauma in an accident and must be treated as soon as possible due to potential damage to the brain. Arm or wrist fractures can occur when drivers or passengers instinctively attempt to shield themselves from damage with one or both arms.
Injuries to the femur (upper leg) and fibula (lower leg) are less common due to the strength of these bones, but are still possible in serious accidents. Fractures in the ribs or sternum (breastbone) may occur when the driver or passenger is forced violently into their seatbelt upon impact; injuries to the clavicle, which runs across the top of the rib cage, are particularly common due to this bone’s fragility and lack of density. Broken facial bones, such as the jaw, cheekbone, or orbital bone, may occur in accidents involving blunt force trauma to the head or face. Finally, it’s believed that pelvic fractures (which are also common in motorcycle accidents) are the most common bone fractures sustained in auto accidents.
If you’ve suffered a broken bone in an accident, the first and most important step is medical treatment, followed by speaking with a personal injury attorney to ensure that the at-fault driver will be held legally accountable. Broken bones can be debilitating and disruptive to daily life, often requiring time out of work and significant medical expenses, and lost wages combined with bills can create a deep financial deficit while you’re only trying to recover and return to normal life. Your attorney will ensure not only that you earn compensation, but also that it covers future expenses and losses as well as those in the present. The insurance company may offer you a settlement that seems sufficient, even high enough to cover present expenses and losses, but it’s likely insufficient in the long term simply because the insurer is aiming to pay out as little as possible. With an attorney on your side, your rights are protected and insurers cannot get away with failing to fully compensate you for your losses.
The potential value of your case depends on a range of factors, particularly the severity of your injury and the extent and variety of damages you’ve sustained, and our attorneys will calculate your potential case-value based on the unique circumstances of your accident and injuries, as well as your current and future medical treatment and expenses, and ensure that you will be fully compensated for the damages you’ve sustained.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another’s negligence, you need an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, and helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will file your claim and take care of the insurance company, medical bills, property damage, and lost income. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, our personal injury lawyers are not paid attorney fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.