San Antonio Broken Bones and Fractures Attorney
Many people have suffered a broken bone at some point in their lives, often as children. However, broken bones caused by serious accidents can leave a person with much more than a simple cast. Accident victims may find themselves immobile, sometimes for months. That means they are unable to work and potentially even care for themselves by cooking or getting dressed.
Broken bones are also notoriously expensive to treat, as they may require X-rays, multiple doctor’s visits, surgeries, casts, crutches, and rehabilitative therapy. Accident victims should not be forced to pay for someone else’s mistake. Our knowledgeable San Antonio broken bone accident attorneys can review your claim for free and explain your legal right to compensation.
Contact Ketterman Rowland & Westlund today to learn how our powerful legal team will fight for you.
Types of Broken Bone Injuries
Many people don’t realize that there are many different types of broken bone injuries. Factors such as how the bone breaks, where it breaks, and what other injuries a break causes will greatly impact the nature and severity of the injury. That means it will also greatly affect the treatment necessary for the broken bone.
The most common types of broken bone injuries include:
- Compound fractures: These occur when the bone breaks and pierces through the skin. These are also called open fractures and pose a great risk of infection.
- Displaced fractures: This is when the bone snaps into two or more parts. When this happens, the bones will move and, therefore, will not line up straight.
- Closed fractures: These are broken bones that do not pierce the skin.
- Simple fractures: This is a fracture of the bone only. These breaks do not cause any damage to the surrounding tissues or skin.
- Comminuted fractures: These injuries occur when the bone breaks into multiple pieces.
- Transverse fractures: This occurs when a fractured piece is perpendicular to the shaft, or the longest part, of the bone.
- Oblique fractures: These injuries result in a break occurring at an angle through the bone.
- Pathologic fractures: These are caused by diseases that weaken the bone.
- Stress fractures: These are hairlines, cracks, or very small fractures that don’t necessarily break the bone, but they damage them nonetheless.
All of these fractures and breaks are very serious and will impair a person for a significant period of time. When these injuries occur, accident victims should speak to a broken bone attorney to ensure they understand their legal rights.
Common Causes of Broken Bones
Any time there is any kind of trauma to the body, it can result in a broken bone. However, there are some very common causes of broken bones that are seen more often than others. These include:
- Car accidents: Of all the injuries that can result from a car accident, broken bones are at the top of the list. During a car crash, the vehicles involved often become crushed. The occupants inside are typically slammed against the interior of the vehicle, such as the dashboard or steering wheel, or even thrown out of the car, particularly if they’re not wearing seat belts.
- Truck accidents: Truck accidents are another common cause of broken bones. In a truck accident, though, the injuries sustained are likely to be much worse with potentially many breaks in many different parts of the body.
- Motorcycle accidents: The chances of a motorcyclist breaking bones during an accident are extremely high. Riders don’t have the protection of a steel frame, airbags, or even seat belts to keep them safe in the event of a crash. Falling off of a bike, sliding across the ground, and getting hit by other vehicles are all causes of broken bones in these crashes.
- Bicycle accidents: Like motorcyclists, bicycle riders are particularly susceptible to broken bones in the case of an accident. Bike helmets and the other protective gear cyclists wear just is not enough to protect someone on a bike from the skull fractures, facial fractures, rib fractures, broken arms, and broken legs they may endure in an accident.
- Pedestrian accidents: Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to broken bones when they are hit by motor vehicles. Even low-speed crashes can result in the pedestrian sustaining several broken bones.
- Slip and fall accidents: There are two ways bones can break during a slip and fall. The first is when people try to catch themselves, or soften the blow of their fall. This can cause wrist fractures, hand fractures, and finger fractures. The second cause is when they actually make impact with the ground, which can result in broken backs, broken necks, and a number of other broken bones.
- Workplace accidents: Workplaces can be dangerous areas. Construction workers can fall from a height, or warehouse workers can get a body part stuck in a machine, which then crushes it. These are just some of the workplace accidents that result in broken bones.
- Nursing home abuse or neglect: Elderly people are most at risk for broken bones. When nursing home staff abuse residents physically, or neglect them, it can result in broken bones. One of the worst types of broken bones for the elderly are hip fractures, which can result in death.
- Assault: Bones can break during an assault if the victim is struck on the head, pushed to the ground, or otherwise physically attacked. In addition, those attacked may try to fight back, resulting in broken bones in their fingers and wrist. If an attack occurs due to negligent security on a property, the victim may hold the property owner or manager accountable.
Anyone who has suffered such injuries due to an accident caused by negligence should speak to a broken bone attorney as soon as possible. Call Ketterman Rowland & Westlund today to set up your free consultation.
Treatment for a Broken Bone Injury
It is rare that bones don’t require treatment when they break, such as when a minor fracture is in the tip of a toe. Most of the time, however, these injuries must be treated properly. This may involve:
- Health care professionals will typically try to stop any bleeding before splinting the bone.
- If the break was an open fracture, health care professionals will also clean it thoroughly to prevent infection.
- Once bleeding has stopped, a doctor will set the bone into the proper place. This will help it heal properly and is known as reduction in medical terms. If surgeries are not needed for this, it’s known as a closed reduction. If the break is very serious, it will require open reduction, which means surgery to place in pins, plates, screws, rods, or glue that will hold the bone in place.
- After the bone is set, the broken bone is then immobilized with a cast, splint, or even traction. This is to help reduce pain and promote healing.
- Medication is also often given for many different types of broken bones to help with pain management while the bone heals.
- As soon as possible after these steps, rehabilitation will begin. This is done to promote blood flow, healing, maintain the muscle tone, and help prevent blood clots and stiffness. Often this is done even when the patient is still in a cast.
Compensation for Broken Bone Injuries
When broken bones are the result of an accident that was someone else’s fault, those injured can file a lawsuit or personal injury insurance claim to seek proper compensation. Compensation may include payment for:
- Medical bills (past, current, and future)
- Rehabilitative costs
- Lost income from any time the patient was unable to work
- Reduced earning capacity for the future
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Determining how much a claim is worth takes some time, as a broken bone attorney will need to review the facts of your specific case and document how your injury will affect you in the future. Your attorney can then advise on how much compensation you should pursue in your personal injury claim.
Building Your Broken Bone Injury Case
As clear-cut as your personal injury case may seem, a court or insurance company will need much more than just the word of the injured individual when determining how much compensation should be. In order to build a strong case for maximum compensation, your broken bone attorney will:
- Investigate the accident scene and identify any contributing factors
- Collect all evidence such as accident reports, photos, witness statements, etc.
- Gather the doctor’s medical report outlining the injuries in detail
- Collect all invoices and documentation pertaining to the accident or injury
- Consult with experts to determine the long-term costs associated with the injury
- Negotiate aggressively in pursuit of a full settlement
- Argue your personal injury case at trial, if a fair settlement offer is not made
Contact an Experienced Broken Bone Injury Attorney Now
For some people, life may never be the same again after a broken bone injury. If you’re suffering from the immense pain and the costly medical bills that come with broken bones, please call the experienced San Antonio personal injury attorneys at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund now. We will review the facts of your case, investigate the accident to determine liability, and then aggressively pursue those that are liable for paying you any compensation you deserve.
Don’t try to fight a legal battle on your own. Contact us today for your free consultation and learn more about what we can do for you.