Have you been injured in an accident recently? If the accident happened suddenly and you weren’t prepared for it, it can be a worrying experience. If you have had any serious injuries like broken bones or limbs, you may have had extensive hospital treatment and may not be able to return to work straight away. There are psychological and emotional effects of any unexpected accident which you may have to deal with, too.
If the accident was someone else’s fault and you think you can prove it, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover damages.
Broken Limbs and Why They Happen so Easily
The most common accidents are vehicle accidents and slip and fall or trip and fall type accidents. Between these two categories, over 80% of injuries are caused. Your limbs tend to stick out from your body and you try unconsciously to use them to ward off danger. This means they are often the most likely parts of your body to be injured in an accident. In a fall, hands, wrists and arms are often the worst affected. In vehicle accidents, any limb could become broken, depending on the severity of the impact and how it happened.
Broken Limbs Mean Serious Financial Implications
Broken bones do not mend by themselves. Even minor bone fractures such as in the wrist or fingers need proper attention and treatment. Serious bone fractures in bones like the femur (thigh bone) or tibia (shin bone) can mean several sessions of delicate surgery, coupled with long periods of rest. It is unlikely that you will be able to resume normal activities if you have had any serious broken limb injuries and it could take several months to recover from leg fractures.
There is no good reason why you should have to face the serious financial implications of injuries such as broken limbs if your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. A successful personal injury claim may help to pay for medical treatment and lost income, both now and into the future. Depending on the exact circumstances and the state you claim in, you may be able to claim for such things as emotional and psychological suffering and punitive damages, especially if the party at-fault behaved recklessly.
Making a Claim is Not Easy by Yourself
It can be difficult negotiating compensation on your own. Insurers for the party at-fault are apt to try and minimize the involvement of their client. It may be hard to come up with sufficient clear evidence to make your claim convincing. It may be difficult to interpret the state’s personal injury laws. It can be hard to work out just what a sensible figure to settle for, especially if you are unsure just how your limbs are going to heal successfully and how the injury might impact you in the future.
It makes sense to contact an experienced accident attorney as soon as your injuries allow you to do so. The attorney will help you decide on how much to claim for and negotiate on your behalf with the defendant and insurance company if your case is worth pursuing.