Broken bones are extremely painful. Sometimes, they take months to heal. Even after they’ve healed, they cause injury victims to suffer arthritis. If you’ve suffered a broken bones injury, you need to contact an Atlanta broken bones lawyer.
Our Atlanta injury lawyers have successfully represented broken bones injury victims for decades. We encourage you review our colleagues’ and former clients’ testimonials. We’ve got what it takes to win the best result for you.
Common Broken Bones
Traumatic accidents frequently cause broken bone injuries. Some bone breaks are “simple” fractures. Those fractures typically heal within a month. Other bone breaks are “compound” fractures in which the bone penetrates the skin. “Compound” fractures often require surgical treatment. If they’re not properly treated, they may cause permanent disfigurement or arthritis.
Some of the most common bone fractures include:
- Broken wrists (distal radius or scaphoid fractures)
- Broken arms (ulna, radius, or humerus bones)
- Fractured fibulas (leg bone between the knee and ankle)
- Fractured tibias (the shinbone)
- Combination tibia and fibula fractures
- Broken ankles (talus or medial, posterior, or lateral malleolus bones)
- Broken collarbones (clavicle bone)
Bone Fracture Types
There are several types of bone fractures. Some fractures are relatively simple. For instance, those bones heal if you safeguard them in a cast or sling. Other fractures are more complicated. Those fractures require surgical insertion of pins, screws, or plates. Our Atlanta broken bones lawyers handle all types of bone fractures, including:
- Greenstick fractures: The bone partially or “incompletely” breaks.
- Stable fractures: The bone breaks, but the ends of the bones still “line up” such that they’re not displaced.
- Transverse fractures: The bone breaks in a horizontal line.
- Oblique fractures: The bone breaks at an angle.
- Comminuted fractures: The bone breaks into three or more pieces.
- Spiral fractures: The break spirals around the bone.
- Compression fractures: The bone is crushed.
- Segmental fractures: A single bone breaks in two separate places and there is a “floating” bone segment.
- Open, compound fracture: The bone snaps and pierces the skin.
Your recovery process length depends upon the type of injury that you suffered and its severity. An open, compound fracture requires more rigorous care than a stable fracture. If you suffered one or more broken bones in an accident, you should work with an Atlanta broken bone lawyer.
Attorneys that specialize in broken bone injury cases will make sure that you receive the best medical treatment. They will also ensure that your potential future harms (disfigurement, arthritis, etc.) are properly factored into your case’s settlement value.
Broken Bone Injury Treatment
There are several ways that doctors treat broken bones, including:
- Traction: Doctors use traction to gently align the bones.
- Open reduction and internal fixation: That is a surgical operation in which the bone fragments are repositioned, (a.k.a. “reduced”). Next, the bones are secured with screws or metal plates. The screws and plates aren’t visible above the skin.
- External fixation: That is a surgical operation in which metal pins or screws are placed in the broken bone(s) above and below the fractured area. The pins or screws are connected to a metal bar above the skin to stabilize the healing fracture.
- Plaster or fiberglass cast immobilization: Doctors use casts to immobilize broken bones. That way, your broken bone will heal much faster.
- Functional cast or brace: In some cases, your doctor cannot fully immobilize your broken bone. As a result, they’ll place your broken bone in a functional cast or brace that gives you limited controlled movement.
After your bone fracture heals, you typically need to undergo physical therapy (PT) to rebuild strength and mobility in your damaged limb. Sometimes, you just need to attend a few PT appointments so that you can learn some home exercises. Serious broken bone injuries require extensive PT.
Atlanta Broken Bone Accident Examples
At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, our Atlanta broken bones lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for personal injury victims. We handle all types of vehicle accidents, dangerous property incidents, work injuries, medical malpractice, defective product claims, and abuse and neglect claims. We know what it takes to obtain complete compensation for your injuries.
Some of the broken bone cases we’ve handled were caused by the following incidents:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Child abuse
Broken Bone Injury Compensation
When someone’s negligence caused your injuries, you can recover damages. Your case’s value depends upon the fracture type and the fracture severity. A simple arm fracture is uncomfortable, but it’s usually tolerable. However, a complex fracture might immobilize you for months. Our Atlanta broken bones lawyers will make sure that the insurance adjuster understands all of the harms you’ve suffered.
Your medical expenses also impact your case’s value. If you suffered a stable fracture, you might only need to wear a cast or protective footwear. If so, your medical expenses would only include a few doctors’ visits, X-ray imaging costs, and the cost of a boot or brace.
However, if you suffered a comminuted fracture in your heel bone, you may require extensive medical treatment. For instance, you might have to undergo surgery to reconstruct or fuse the joint. Then, you will need to undergo physical therapy to restore strength and function to your foot and ankle. Your medical costs might exceed $50,000.
Our Atlanta Broken Bones Lawyers Will Fight For You
If you or a loved one has suffered broken bones as the result of an accident, you should speak with an Atlanta broken bones attorney from Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. Our lawyers will help you identify all potential sources of insurance that may compensate you. If the insurance adjuster refuses to pay you what you deserve, we’ll take them to trial.