Dallas Broken Bone Attorneys
A young person's recovery from a simple fracture after a fall may be a very different experience for a mature adult who has been severely injured in a car accident or a motorcycle accident. A fractured hip for an elderly person can mean grueling surgeries followed by extensive rehabilitation therapy. Multiple breaks and crush injuries to bones may also require several surgeries, followed by subsequent surgical procedures to encourage correct healing. Crippling arthritis and chronic pain are possible consequences which may necessitate continual medical care.
Have you suffered a severe injury because of another's reckless behavior? If so, consult The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008 to find out if you are entitled to compensation for your suffering.
Not all bone breaks are the same, and the kind that you have suffered will dictate what kind of treatment you need to get in order to recover. Some breaks require surgery, others amputation, and some may even heal on their own if you are careful. When it comes to breaks caused by accidents, some of the most common types are:
Open fractures: This is when the broken bone cuts through the skin, causing the bone to be partially exposed. This is incredibly dangerous, as the wound could easily become infected.
Displaced fractures: If the bone breaks and is thus misaligned from where it is supposed to be in the body, then it is considered a displaced fracture.
Stress fractures: These fractures are fairly minor, with just a small crack in the bone. You may not even notice if you developed a stress fracture initially, as they often don’t hurt much and may even heal on their own with proper rest.
Avulsion: Avulsions are incredibly serious and may require surgery in order to fix it. This kind of injury occurs when the break in the bone causes a tear in a tendon or ligament.
Transverse: If the bone breaks completely, essentially snapping in two, then is a transverse break. These kinds of breaks can easily rupture the skin, causing further damage.
Oblique: When two bones twist over each other, causing a diagonal break, it is considered an oblique break. These are most common in car accidents.
Comminuted fracture: If the bone is broken completely, such as with crush injuries, then it is comminuted. This kind of injury may require amputation, as it may be impossible to completely reset the bone and heal properly.
Bones are meant to help us hold our shape and support our bodies. As such, they are made to be able to withstand large amounts of force. They are not unbreakable, however. If the body is hit with enough impact, it can very easily lead to a serious break. We at the Lenahan Law Firm have worked with many clients who suffered debilitating bone breaks as a result of an accident. Some of the most common ways bone breaks, in our experience, are:
- Car accidents
- Boating accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bike accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Violent attacks
- Airplane crashes
- Amusement park accidents
How ever your bone became broken, chances are it left you in a great deal of pain, as well as in a great deal of medical debt. While we all assume that a broken bone is an easy fix, the truth is that a bad break can easily leave a lasting impact on your life.
A small break or fracture, such as with a stress injury, is unlikely to impact your life a great deal. The cost of medical aid will be relatively low, and you won’t have to change your life much to recover. Overall, the break will likely become just another memory once it has healed, and your energy will be able to go into your emotional recovery. A serious break, such as with an avulsion or a comminuted fracture, however, is a completely different story.
For serious breaks, you may be required to undergo surgery in order to heal. These surgeries could involve reattaching a torn tendon or ligament, or they could involve the amputation of a limb that was too damaged to save. In either case, your medical costs are likely to be incredibly high. On top of that, recovery after a major surgery requires a long period of rest, meaning that you may not be able to work. In the case of amputation, if your job required you to be totally abled-bodied, then you may never be able to go back and will be forced to look for a new job or even career.
The combination of time off from work and high medical bills is very likely to leave you in a difficult financial situation. So on top of the emotional trauma, you likely suffered from your accident, you will also have to worry about how you will pay rent, put food on the table, and buy yourself and any family members necessities like clothes and school/work supplies. That is why filing a claim against the party that is at fault for your injuries is so important.
Long term or permanent disability is an expensive condition to live with. Going to work may be impractical and even routine daily chores may be impossible. The emotional trauma that a victim of a disfiguring injury may be facing can be a daily challenge. However, filing a claim can mean finical liberation, as well as creating a small nest egg so that you can live your life as comfortably as possible while you recover.
Medical complications such as the following can mean new surgeries and expensive long term care:
- Serious infection
- Nerve damage
- Bones that won't mend
It is important to remember that insurance adjusters and the companies they work for care more about their profits and bottom line than they do about your well-being. This means that they will work very hard to get you to take the lowest possible amount in compensation. Before you decide to accept a settlement that seems to be "fair," you should talk to a Dallas personal injury lawyer who is experienced in evaluating the consequences of severe injuries.
Many people innocently think that large insurance companies are going to offer a truly fair settlement out of concern for the injured victim's well-being, both now and in the future. In general, an insurance company only offers what is absolutely necessary in order to settle the claim as quickly as possible.
The legal team at Lenahan Law Firm understands the financial and emotional stress you may be experiencing. Also, we are fully aware that if a settlement agreement is entered into too early, it may leave the victim without the means to cover future medical care.
We draw on the expertise of medical professionals and other such experts in order to ensure that your injury and damage claims include all of your losses, past and future. In some cases, punitive damages may also be assessed.
A personal injury attorney at our firm focuses on a select few severe injury cases at a time, providing the necessary, committed attention to each client's needs.
Consult with a Dallas personal injury lawyer from the Lenahan Law Firm today by calling (214) 295-1008 if you have been seriously injured in an accident.
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