We think of our bones as hard structural support for our bodies. But they can, in fact, break or fracture relatively easy in falls, car crashes, and other accidents. A broken bone is not a minor injury. Some fractures never heal completely, and many victims face complications that require additional medical intervention or cause continuing pain and disability.
When a broken bone injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, the injured person and his or her family should not bear the costs of medical care and other losses alone. At Demas Law Group, our experienced Sacramento broken bone accident attorneys understand what patients go through when coping with a serious bone fracture. We have helped thousands of people from across Northern California recover full and fair compensation after injuries like yours. We stand ready to help you, too.
Don’t waste your time fighting with insurance companies when your focus should be on recovery. Let our law firm take on this fight for you. Schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable Sacramento personal injury lawyers today. We will review your case at no charge and outline all your options for pursuing compensation.
Why Choose Our Attorneys to Handle Your Broken Bone Claim
After a serious accident, the last thing you should be worried about is how you can afford to get the treatment you need. At Demas Law Group, our Sacramento broken bone accident lawyers are committed to taking on that burden for you. We manage every aspect of your personal injury claim and keep you informed of what is happening at every stage of the process.
Across Northern California, clients have chosen our respected personal injury law firm because we offer:
- 25 years of legal experience. Our attorneys know what goes into crafting a solid and persuasive personal injury claim.
- 99 percent success rate. Your needs are our top priority, and we fight for every bit of compensation you deserve.
- VIP treatment of clients. You will appreciate the personalized attention and compassion our whole team shows each time we meet or talk.
- Dedication to justice for the unjustly injured. We are not afraid to take on deep-pocketed companies that try to intimidate and cheat everyday, hardworking people.
- “No win, no fee” guarantee. We will not charge you a cent if we cannot recover compensation for you.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by scheduling a free consultation with our knowledgeable attorneys today. Contact us by calling (916) 444-0100 or filling out our online form.
How We Demand Compensation for Fractures Suffered in Accidents
Building a strong personal injury claim requires extensive experience and resources. Our knowledgeable Sacramento broken bone accident lawyers have successfully handled a wide range of cases involving fractures in car crashes, slip-and-fall accidents, and other incidents involving negligence.
When you choose our law firm to handle your claim, you can trust that we will:
- Investigate your accident to identify all potentially at-fault parties and the insurance coverage they hold.
- Calculate the full and fair economic damages that you have suffered. We will fully account for your costs and losses by examining your medical records, bills, and receipts; employment and earnings reports; property damage bills; and other evidence.
- Confer with you, family members, friends, colleagues, etc., to create a picture of the pain and suffering you have experienced due to your injury.
- Work with life-care planners and financial consultants to develop detailed projections of future medical needs and income loss in cases involving long-term disability.
- Refer you to medical specialists in the Sacramento metropolitan area, if necessary, to ensure you are receiving appropriate treatment and/or therapy.
- File all possible insurance claims and manage all communication with the insurance companies.
- Negotiate aggressively with the goal of obtaining a personal injury settlement that will leave you with no financial burdens related to your accident.
- Pursue personal injury lawsuit(s) to demand payment through the courts if insurers cannot be persuaded to act appropriately.
If you have already received an insurance settlement offer, contact us immediately for a free review of your claim for compensation. Insurance companies will try to take advantage of seriously injured people by offering lowball settlements before the victims really understand the financial fallout from their accident. Do not sign anything until you speak with our trusted Sacramento broken bone attorneys.
Compensation in Broken Bone Accident Cases
Although every accident case we handle is unique, victims of broken bone injuries may be eligible for compensation for:
- All current and future medical expenses
- All current and future loss of income
- Property damage, such as in a car accident
- Pain and suffering, including emotional pain from disruption to your lifestyle or loss of enjoyment of life
There is no way to know how much your case is worth immediately after a serious accident. However, our experienced attorneys will work quickly to evaluate your case and consult with medical experts to assess how this injury will affect you ─ and your finances ─ in the future.
Broken Bone Symptoms
Any type of excessive pressure on a bone can cause it to break, and any bone in your body can be broken. Falls, such as in slip-and-fall accidents, and motor vehicle accidents are the most common causes of broken bones or fractures.
If you’ve been in an accident and think you may have suffered a fracture, pay close attention to the following symptoms:
- Extreme pain – Any break, even a broken finger or a toe, will be extremely painful to the touch or if you attempt to move it even slightly. This pain is quite distinctive.
- Swelling – When a bone breaks, the tissue around it is damaged as well, and the area will quickly begin to swell.
- Bruising – When a bone breaks and severs a vein or an artery, blood will pool under the skin, forming a bruise.
- Bleeding – In a compound fracture, where the bone punctures the skin, the bleeding is obvious. However, bleeding can also occur internally, which is why you must be wary of any discoloration of the skin.
- Deformity – When an arm or leg bone breaks, the limb loses its natural shape. This is usually quite apparent.
- Inability to move – Extreme pain that prevents you from being able to move even slightly can be a symptom of a broken bone.
Unless a broken bone pokes into or through the skin, which is known as a compound fracture, it can be difficult to know for sure whether a fracture has occurred. Doctors will typically confirm a broken bone through an X-ray.
If any accident leaves you in pain, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. In addition to receiving the treatment you need, it will help to have your injury documented by a medical professional from the very start.
Types of Broken Bone Injuries
Bone fractures range from simple to compound. You may eventually be told you have one the following types of fractures:
- Compound or open fracture — A piece of the broken bone elongates or protrudes from the skin.
- Comminuted fracture — The bone shatters into three or more pieces.
- Avulsion fracture — A piece of the bone breaks off but remains inside the body, typically in a fracture near a joint.
- Stable fracture — The ends of the broken bone line up and are barely out of place.
- Green stick or hairline fracture — An incomplete fracture in which the bone is bent and cracked. Most greenstick fractures are seen in children because young bones are under-developed and more flexible.
If a bone is not severely broken, a doctor can set it and apply a splint, cast, or brace to immobilize it as it heals. Younger people with simple fractures usually heal in six to eight weeks. However, broken bones in older adults do not heal as fast or as completely.
If you have suffered a more serious fracture, you could undergo surgery that includes inserting pins, screws, and/or rods to set the broken bone(s).
When multiple bones have been broken or a large bone, such as the fibula in the leg, is severely fractured, doctors may use traction, a system of weights, to slowly realign the bones. Traction leaves the patient bedridden for several weeks.
Complications from Broken Bone Injuries
In many cases, a patient with a broken bone regains full use of the injured body part. However, anyone can suffer a complex fracture that never completely heals. Some patients need physical therapy to regain full use of a fractured limb.
Unfortunately, broken bones are associated with a range of complications that may occur due to the initial trauma, medical treatment, or follow-up treatment. Common complications in broken bone injuries include by are not limited to:
- Nerve injury — The peripheral nervous system runs throughout the body, and when a bone is fractured near a nerve bundle, it can destroy the nerve bundle as well, resulting in pain, numbness, and other symptoms.
- Blood vessel injury — Like the nervous system, the vascular system runs throughout the body. Veins or arteries can be damaged in an accident that causes a bone fracture. Vascular damage to the femoral artery or its major branches in a femoral fracture or damage to the pelvic arteries in a pelvic fracture can be life-threatening.
- Malunion — This occurs when the broken bone heals at an angle, in a rotated position or a shortened position.
- Nonunion — When a bone breaks, it may not heal completely at the jagged ends of the break. This can cause infection and decreased blood flow. Bone graft surgery is usually required to correct this complication.
- Osteomyelitis — This is inflammation of bone or bone marrow, usually due to infection. Compound fractures, in which the bone protrudes from the skin, expose the bone to the environment and make the patient susceptible to this infection.
- Osteoarthritis — In accidents where the bone is crushed into many pieces, this degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone may develop, leading to a lifetime of pain.
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome — This condition results in constant, excruciating pain years after a bone fracture has healed.
In addition, patients who suffer multiple rib fractures may develop pneumothorax (collapsed lung), flail chest, and potentially deadly respiratory compromise.
Hip fractures, common in elderly people who fall, lead to loss of mobility, which may result in pneumonia, thromboembolic disease (blood clots), or rhabdomyolysis (rapid destruction of skeletal muscle).
Let Our Sacramento Broken Bone Injury Lawyers Fight for You
If you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, we can help you demand the insurance compensation you deserve. In cases where a serious accident leads to fatal injuries, our dedicated personal injury attorneys in Sacramento can also help families pursue a wrongful death claim for the losses they have suffered.
Our tenacious attorneys develop solid claims and fight relentlessly for each client we serve. We will thoroughly investigate your accident and confer with experts to document your injuries and calculate what full and fair compensation should be.
Schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced broken bone lawyers in Sacramento, California, today. We do not charge for our services if we do not recover compensation for you.
Call (916) 444-0100 or contact us online now.
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