A broken bone is an extremely painful injury, and while these injuries often heal relatively quickly and don’t involve serious complications, that isn’t always the case. If you suffered a broken bone in an injury that someone else’s negligence caused, it can represent a significant impediment to your life, work, and health. If your recovery is plagued by complications, it can have overarching negative consequences that dramatically derail your life and livelihood. If someone else’s negligence has caused you to suffer a broken bone, you need experienced legal counsel.
Just thinking about the word broken in relation to your bones is painful, and there’s a good reason for this—broken bones cause exceeding pain. When you experience a broken bone, the pain can be so intense that it sends your body into shock. Several physical symptoms are closely associated with broken bones:
- Extremely intense pain
- Bruising and bleeding
- Inability to move the affected limb
- A severely deformed appearance
These symptoms can vary from moderate to extreme depending on which bone fractured and the severity of the break. If you experience any of these symptoms after an accident, seek immediate medical attention.
If you incurred a broken bone in an accident that another person’s negligence caused, you need a skilled personal injury attorney. The dedicated legal team at the Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis is committed to aggressively advocating for your claim’s just resolution, and we’re here to help.
Broken Bones and Complications
Although broken bones are always serious, most of these injuries heal well with time. When a broken bone fails to heal healthily, however, the injured party can suffer significantly negative long-term health repercussions:
- Chronic pain
- Unrelenting stiffness
- Physical disabilities
Several complications are closely connected to injuries involving broken bones:
- A malunion – A malunion takes place when the broken bone does heal but is left in a deformed state. Surgeries are normally required to correct the deformities caused by malunions.
- Osteoarthritis – When a bone breaks, pieces of it can shatter and cause fragments of the bone to jab into a nearby joint, which can lead to a painful condition called osteoarthritis in later life.
- Osteomyelitis – Osteomyelitis is a serious infection of the bones that is generally caused when an open bone fracture pierces through the skin and provides an entrance for contaminants to move into the fracture.
- Chronic regional pain syndrome – Chronic pain refers to ongoing pain—and it can debilitate a victim. Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) often afflicts the limbs’ larger bones, and can lead to painful burning and stinging sensations that cause extreme sensitivity to touch.
All of these conditions—and more besides—can derail your broken bone’s ability to heal healthily. If you suffered a broken bone in an accident that someone else’s negligence caused, it may not be a straightforward process to assess your damages until you’ve been through the healing process and know what your progress looks like. This usually amounts to allowing yourself the necessary time, medical treatments, and physical therapy to healthily recover—but not always. In addition, even broken bones that heal exactly as they should take plenty of time to do so, and that means extended periods of rest for you, which necessitates significant time lost from work.
Your Broken Bone Claim
Broken bone claims are often complicated by the bone’s lengthy healing process, which can leave you in limbo in relation to any complications that may arise. Your health and your rightful compensation, however, are too important to leave to chance—or to the vagaries of the insurance company. If you suffered a broken bone that someone else’s negligence caused, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your best interests.
It’s especially important to recognize that insurance companies—though they’re paid to cover you and though they’re held to federal and industry standards—are not above double-dealing with you and your claim when you’re most vulnerable, such as after you’ve been afflicted with a painfully broken bone in an accident. Insurance companies are in the business of making a profit, and that is what guides their actions—your just compensation is not their primary concern (and it may directly compete with their primary concern). If the insurance company comes to you with a settlement offer, it might seem like an easy way to put this unfortunate event behind you, but it’s always advisable to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney before you accept such a settlement offer. Your attorney will help you evaluate your claim to determine if the offer fairly covers the full extent of your damages.
A broken bone will set you back, but you may be able to collect compensation on a range of damages:
- The medical expenses associated with your accident and your broken bone, which can include emergency transportation and emergency care; appointments with physicians, specialists, and surgeons; surgery and aftercare; physical therapy; ongoing medical care; prescription medications; and adaptive healthcare devices
- Your wages lost to time off work and your lost earning potential if you can’t return to work or if you need to return to work for lesser pay (if your broken bone develops into a chronic condition)
- Your general pain and suffering related to the accident and your broken bone
Contact Our Office to Consult with an Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney Today
Broken bones are exceedingly painful, and even if they heal well, they can lay you low for protracted time periods. If someone else’s negligence caused you to suffer a broken bone, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to guide your claim. The skilled legal team at the Law Office of William W. Hurst in Indianapolis is here to help. We have the experience, determination, and compassion to fight for the compensation you need and deserve. To schedule a free consultation, please contact or call us at (317) 636-0808 today.