Broken Bones (Fractures) Attorney
Our attorneys knows that broken bones and fractures are some of the most common serious injuries associated with accidents of all kinds. Across the United States, over six million people suffer a broken bone every year. While in many instances broken bones will heal over time, proper and successful healing is dependent on getting appropriate medical care promptly and for the duration of your recovery. Yet medical care is expensive, especially if your recovery involves long-term physical therapy or multiple surgeries. Whether you are able to get the medical treatment necessary for a full recovery may, in turn, depend on whether you are able to ensure that someone else, the person responsible for your injury, pays for your medical costs.
To maximize your chances of the highest possible medical and financial recovery after a fracture, you need the assistance of a seasoned broken bones and fracture lawyer. If you have suffered broken bones due to someone else’s negligence in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle or western Maryland, contact the Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson as soon as possible for a free consultation on your case.
Common Causes of Broken Bones and Fractures
A broken bone is one of the most common results of many types of accident. When the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, that person or entity should be required to compensate the victim for their recovery costs as well as their pain and suffering. Some of the most common accidents resulting in broken bones include:
- Car accidents
- Workplace accidents, such as due to falling or dropped objects
- Defective product injuries
- Slips and falls at ground levels
- Blunt force trauma to your bones
- Repetitive stress motions
Types of Bone Fractures
Broken bones and fractures fall into several categories with a range of severity as well as recovery time and prospects. The severity of the break is generally based on the force that caused the break, as well as the condition of the victim (for example, if they are elderly and have more brittle bones). When there is extreme force, such as from a car accident or gunshot, then the bone may shatter. The general categories of broken bones include the following:
- Stable fracture. The broken ends of the bone line up and are only minimally out of place.
- Open, compound fracture. These fractures occur when the skin is pierced by a bone or by a blow that breaks the skin at the time of the fracture. The bone may or may not be visible in the wound. These are particularly serious as they carry the risk of osteomyelitis, or infection of the bone.
- Transverse fracture. Fractures with a horizontal fracture line.
- Oblique fracture. Fractures with an angled pattern.
- Comminuted fracture. These occur when the bone shatters into three or more pieces.
Within these categories, there are numerous types of bone injuries. These include, among others: broken arms, legs, knees or other extremities; broken back or fractured vertebrae; broken ribs; broken face bones; hip fractures; and skull fractures. Broken bones and fractures may be common, but they are nevertheless extremely painful and can involve prolonged, difficult recovery. Some bones, if broken too severely, will never fully heal and can lead to impaired functionality or disability.
Settlement and Compensation for Broken Bone Injuries
If you have suffered a broken bone in an accident caused by someone else, it is vital to pursue compensation for your damages. A skilled personal injury attorney can help make sure that your injuries and estimated costs are properly documented and proven, while giving you the best case to present either before a judge or jury in court or to the other parties outside of court to fight for the best settlement available. You are entitled to compensation for your current and future medical expenses, lost wages from any missed work, pain and suffering, loss of future earning capacity, and for any permanent impairment, disability, or disfigurement.
Legal Help Is Available For Broken Bones and Fractures In West Virginia Personal Injury Accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered from broken bones or fractures in West Virginia, contact the seasoned, effective, and dedicated Martinsburg personal injury lawyers at Burke, Schultz, Harman & Jenkinson for a free consultation on your case at 304-263-0900 or 304-LAWYERS.