Phoenix Broken Bone Attorneys
Legal Help for Victims of Broken Bones and Fractures
Broken bones are some of the most frustrating injuries you can experience. While these injuries may not completely incapacitate you, they can greatly limit your mobility, your range of motion, and your ability to do the things that you love to do. These injuries can also interfere with your ability to work, and when this occurs, it can turn your world upside down. For more information recovering compensation after a bone break in an accident, please call a Phoenix personal injury lawyer at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., for a free consultation at (602) 267-1280.
What Is a Fracture?
A fracture means simply that a bone has broken. There are several types of fractures, including the following:
- A stable fracture is where the bones are barely out of place.
- A displaced fracture is where the broken ends of a bone do not line up.
- A transverse fracture is where the bones do not line up and are very unstable.
- An oblique fracture is where the bones are broken at an angle. This type of fracture can initially be stable, but become unstable over time.
- A spiral fracture occurs because of a twisting force, like a slip-and-fall.
- An open fracture occurs when a bone breaks through the skin. This type of fracture is common when a pedestrian is hit by car and his legs are the first part of the body impacted.
Common Causes of Broken Bones in Arizona
Here are the most common causes of bone fractures that we see in Arizona:
- Car Crashes
- Truck Crashes
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Collisions
- Workplace Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Slip-and-Fall Accidents
If you suffered a fracture because of an auto accident, slip and fall, motorcycle accident, trucking accident, or any other type of accident in Arizona, it is important to consult a good personal injury attorney. You may be owed money by the negligent driver, property owner, or dog owner that caused your injury, and that will go a long way in recovering from your broken bone.
Common Injury: Broken Ankles
Nearly 250,000 people sustain broken ankle injuries every year, and for adults, the consequences of these injuries are far-reaching. Broken ankles can feel exactly like a sprained ankle because the symptoms are so similar. Only a doctor can make the determination as to whether you have suffered a sprain or a broken ankle. Common symptoms you will experience as the result of a broken ankle include:
- Swelling around your entire ankle joint, and often times around your foot. Additional edema may occur in the days that follow throughout your entire foot.
- Bruising at the site of the injury that may occur within hours of your injury, or may not appear for several days.
- Severe pain that occurs suddenly, usually within seconds of sustaining the injury. This pain may last for several days and will come and go; for a broken ankle, the severity of the pain and its duration may be much greater than any other type of ankle injury.
- Being unable to put weight on the injured ankle or to walk evenly.
- An ankle joint that looks out of place. Many times, broken ankle joints are described as looking deformed.
- Tenderness. A broken ankle injury will be extremely tender to the touch and may require days, weeks, months, and even years of healing to feel fully uninjured again.
- Instability in your ankle, which may or may not be accompanied by weakness, and the feeling that you would not be able to put weight on your foot, even without the pain.
- Crackling or snapping sensations around your ankle bone.
After you receive medical treatment for your broken ankle, you will need to meet with a physical therapist to regain basic motion and strength. The healing process depends on the severity of the injury and your ability to continue exercises. Many times, people who have sustained a fracture never heal 100% and sustain a permanent injury as a result of the accident.
Common Injury: Broken Legs
A broken leg is usually obvious after an accident, and requires immediate medical attention. Doctors may use non-surgical treatments if you have poor health, are less active, or have a less serious fracture. You will need to wear a brace or hard cast to keep the bones in proper alignment and give the broken leg time to heal. If surgery is necessary, your recovery could take anywhere from four to six months. After non-surgical or surgical treatment, physical therapy will be needed to restore your strength and mobility.
We have seen many cases where people diagnosed with a broken leg after a crash were told to follow up with an orthopedic doctor, and the insurance company later argued that the broken leg was not as a result of the accident due to a delay in orthopedic treatment! Gaps in treatment are the first thing that insurance companies look for. It seems absurd that an insurance company would argue your broken leg was NOT a result of the car collision, but this is exactly what insurance companies do, so we stress the importance of going to an orthopedist right away!
Contact a Phoenix Fracture Lawyer Who Can Help You!
Suffering a broken bone in an accident is not just about today, but also the future. Fractures can take a long time to heal, and many fractures are permanent injuries. A broken bone typically comes with a lot of medical bills, pain, and discomfort, in addition to lost wages due to your inability to work. As you can see, the cost for a single accident can get very high very quickly when serious fractures are involved.
If you were the victim of someone else’s negligence, The Husband and Wife Law Team will help you through every step of your recovery. We start by listening and gathering evidence on your behalf. We negotiate with the other party who caused your injuries to come to a settlement that will pay for your medical expenses, replace your lost income, and help you work towards a full recovery over time. For a free review of your accident, your injuries, and your case, call us today at (602) 267-1280.
- Broken Bone Injuries Commonly Suffered in Tempe Bike Accidents
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- Broken Bone Information from MedlinePlus
- Open Fractures - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Leg Injuries and Disorders - MedlinePlus
- Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle) - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Ankle Injuries and Disorders
Recent Fracture Injury Case Verdicts:
- $200,000.00 - Work Injury Accident / L1/L2 Fracture
- $140,000.00 - Premises Liability / Slip and Fall / Hip Fracture
- $120,000.00 - Freeway Accident / Ankle Fracture
- Policy Limits - Pedestrian Accident / Leg Fracture
- Insurance Policy Limits - Catastrophic Injury / Multiple Leg Fracture
- Insurance Policy Limits - Head-On Collision / Multiple Fractures
- Insurance Policy Limits - Bus Accident / Fractured Ribs