Many fractures are prevented by air bag deployment, but they still occur depending on the severity of the impact and other factors. If you were in a car crash and have a broken bone or multiple broken bones, there was almost surely emergency treatment, and the medical bills may be very high. If the fracture is compound, the recovery time may be especially long.
Because of the expense involved in treating and recovering from fractures it’s a good idea to consult a personal injury lawyer to find out how you can obtain all the compensation you are entitled to.
People often want to know how much compensation they might get for their claim. As regards broken bones in particular, the compensation is generally very high because it is very difficult for the insurance company to disprove that there was a great deal of pain experienced when the fracture occurred. Fortunately many bones heal well and are nearly as strong after recovery as they were before the injury, but there is normally a significant amount of healing or down time until the recovery is complete.
Every case, of course, is different. In general, these are some of the considerations that can influence how much you might receive if you file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent driver:
- Medical bills. The costs of the treatment for your broken bone or bones will become part of what is called “compensatory damages.” If you need rehabilitation, that will also included in compensatory medical damages. The more serious the injury and the higher your medical bills, the more compensation you may be entitled to receive.
- Lost wages. If you have lost income because you missed hours at work due to your injury, that will also be included in compensatory damages.
- Future medical costs and future lost income. If you need further treatment, if you will suffer permanent or long-term impairment because of the injury, or if the injury is expected to affect your future ability to earn or to engage in your usual activities, these amounts can also be part of a compensation award.
These types of losses have to be estimated. An experienced car accident attorney has the knowledge and skill needed to make these estimates.
- Pain and Suffering. If you incurred medical expense after the accident, you are entitled to be compsated for the pain and suffering you experienced in connection with your injuries.
You may also receive compensation for emotional distress. A personal injury attorney has the experience needed to document these types of losses and cause the insurance company to compensate you for them.
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The Law Offices of Eric H. Woods is here to help you with your broken bone or other injury claim. Eric Woods has more than 30 years of experience as a personal injury attorney. Along with his skilled staff, he will see that you get the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. The sooner you get started, the better. Call us today for a free no-obligation consultation.