Broken Bones From A Car Accident
Breaking a bone has a serious impact on someone’s life: their ability to work, their ability to enjoy their hobbies, their ability to take care of household chores — the list goes on. There are many different ways that someone can break a bone, but one common cause is a car accident. When someone else causes the accident due to negligence or recklessness, there is, fortunately, a path forward for victims to recover compensation for a wide range of impacts that the broken bone has on their quality of life and financial situation. These impacts are collectively known as “damages” in personal injury law.
Working with a car accident attorney is one of the best ways to ensure that you take the proper steps to get the money you are rightfully owed after a broken bone from a car crash someone else caused. Filing a claim is a simple enough process: contact the insurer, answer their questions, submit documentation, and wait for a claim; however, this is not the way that you will get the money you are entitled to. For that, you will need to negotiate aggressively with the insurance adjuster, as they continuously try to lowball you for a settlement.
Contact Mountain States Injury Law Today To Request a Free Consultation About Your Car Accident Injuries
Dealing with a broken bone is frustrating. Dealing with an insurance claim is frustrating. Trying to do both at the same time can feel nearly impossible, and insurance companies capitalize on this difficulty as they take aggressive measures to settle each claim quickly and inexpensively.
When Mountain States Injury Law is handling your claim, you can stay focused on healing and getting your life back on track with the confidence that an experienced attorney is fighting to get you a fair settlement.
Read more about the insurance claims process, and how broken bones can factor into the damages you are owed, and contact us right away to schedule your free consultation about your case. The sooner you are connected with a lawyer, the sooner you can stay focused on your personal needs while also improving your chances of getting the money you are owed.
Common Types of Fractures in Car Accidents
What is commonly referred to as a “broken bone” is actually called a fracture. Many people mistakenly believe that the two injuries are different, but this is not the case.
There are many ways that bones can fracture in car accidents. One is known as a comminuted fracture, which is when the bone breaks into multiple pieces. This can happen if the force of the impact is great enough to cause the bone to shatter.
Another fracture, known as a compression fracture, can occur when the bone is crushed. This type of fracture is more common in older adults, as their bones are more fragile and easier to break.
A greenstick fracture can occur when the bone is bent but does not break all the way through. Greenstick fractures are more common in children, as their bones are more flexible and less likely to break completely.
Compound fractures happen when the bone is broken in two places, and the ends of the bone protrude through the skin. This type of fracture is very serious and requires immediate medical attention for many reasons.
Finally, an avulsion fracture can occur when the force of the impact pulls a piece of the bone away from the main body of the bone. Avulsion fractures are more common in young adults, as their bones are still growing and changing.
Calculating Damages For Your Broken Bones
If you broke a bone or suffered any other type of injury in a car accident that someone else caused, there are a number of factors to be considered when determining the amount you are owed. The most obvious damages are things like your medical bills and the cost of additional care, as well as lost income and impacts on your ability to earn an income. These are referred to as “economic damages,” which are damages that have set and measurable dollar values associated with them.
Calculating Non-Economic Damages
Things like the pain and suffering that you must endure and the emotional anguish and mental stress that come along with a serious injury can also be compensated. These damages are known as “non-economic damages” and, as the name implies, apply to any impact that does not have a dollar value associated with it. Just because it doesn’t come with a receipt or invoice does not mean that you are not owed money for it, no matter how adamant an insurance adjuster might be about the contrary.
In order to determine the amount of these “non-economic” damages you are owed, your lawyer will likely use a multiplier. This is a number, typically between 1.5 and 5, that is applied to your economic damages to arrive at a ballpark value for your noneconomic damages.
For example, if you have $50,000 in economic damages and your lawyer applies a multiplier of 3, you would be owed $150,000 for your noneconomic damages, for a total of $200,000.
This is just one example, and the multiplier that is used will be based on several factors, including the severity of your injuries, the projected long-term impact of those injuries, and the pain and suffering that you have endured.
It’s important to keep in mind that every case is different, and there is no set formula for calculating damages. The insurance company will have its own methods and calculations, but ultimately it is up to your lawyer to negotiate on your behalf and ensure that you are fairly compensated for all that you have been through
Contact Mountain States Injury Law To Get Started On Your Case
If you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone in a car accident, contact an attorney today to discuss your case. A qualified lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
The consultation is free, and you owe nothing unless we win your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that your payment to your attorney will be a predetermined percentage of your final award, and you will not be responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses along the way. So don’t delay; call Mountain States Injury Law today to get started on your road to recovery!