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Dealing with Broken Bones and Fractures After a Car Accident

Seth Harris

Last modified on April 20, 2024

Dealing with Broken Bones and Fractures After a Car Accident

Have you suffered broken bones and fractures after a car accident in New York? If someone else caused the crash that injured you, you’re likely eligible for financial compensation.

If you take proper steps immediately after an accident in which your bones were broken, you may prevent your injury from developing into something more serious. Taking the right steps may also improve your odds of receiving fair compensation.

Most Common Bones Broken in Car Accidents

Many factors can affect the type of fracture or break someone sustains in a car wreck. Where they were sitting, what type of crash occurred, and their general physical condition all play roles in determining the nature of a victim’s injuries. Examples of fractures that commonly result from a collision include:

  • Leg fractures
  • Upper arm fractures
  • Wrist fractures
  • Rib fractures
  • Hip fractures
  • Facial bone fractures
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Skull fractures
  • Sternum fractures
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Clavicle fractures

Motor vehicle wrecks often cause multiple fractures.

Addressing Broken Bones Immediately After a Crash

The most important steps when addressing broken bones and fractures after a car wreck are to call 911 and relocate to a safe spot. You must exercise judgment when tending your broken bones as you wait for emergency medical services to arrive. Steps you may take include:

  • Apply pressure – Apply pressure with a clean cloth to minimize the bleeding from wounds. Be careful when doing so. If a bone has broken through the skin, apply pressure gently but firmly to avoid causing pain or additional harm.
  • Immobilize – In some circumstances, it makes sense to hold the bone in place when tending to a fracture. However, if you lack the proper medical training and experience, you might cause greater harm. Instead, it’s often best to immobilize the bone by lying down. However, a victim shouldn’t lie down if doing so will force their broken bone into an uncomfortable position.

Understanding the Signs of a Broken Bone

It’s not always immediately clear when you’ve suffered broken bones and fractures after an accident. Signs to be on the lookout for include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Joints that appear out of place or misshapen
  • Inability to use a certain part of the body or put weight on it

Always seek medical care on the day of a crash. Don’t assume you’re not injured because you don’t have any noticeable symptoms. After a car wreck, adrenaline could limit your ability to perceive pain. See a doctor to be certain you’re unharmed.

Seeking Compensation for Broken Bones and Fractures After a NY Car Wreck

Broken bones and fractures may require surgery, physical therapy, and other forms of treatment. Your treatment could be expensive. In addition, your injuries might prevent you from working. If you can’t work and earn an income, you may struggle to pay for your care to an even greater degree.

All registered vehicles in New York must be covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance with minimum policy limits of $50,000 per person. Your PIP insurance provides coverage for medical expenses and some lost wages. You may seek compensation for these losses by filing a claim with your own insurance.

If your accident-related expenses exceed your PIP policy limits, you may also file a separate third-party claim or lawsuit against the driver who caused the wreck. Additionally, if your injuries qualify as “serious” under New York law, you could pursue compensation for pain and suffering and other intangible losses from the other driver’s insurance.

What Is the Average Settlement for a Broken Bone in a Car Accident in New York?

Dealing with Broken Bones and Fractures After a Car Accident

There is no true average settlement for a broken bone because every case is different, and any compensation you’re entitled to is directly tied to the specific details of the case. The severity of the fracture, how widespread your injuries are, whether you lose income because your injuries prevent you from working, and numerous other factors could influence the amount of your settlement.

Be sure to save documentation on all your medical bills as you undergo treatment. Documenting your injuries properly can improve your chances of receiving the full amount of compensation you deserve. Also, keep copies of all your accident-related receipts, such as car repair estimates or replacements, as those expenses should be included in your settlement.

Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer

Another way to boost your odds of receiving fair compensation is to enlist the help of an attorney. At Harris Keenan & Goldfarb, a New York car accident lawyer can offer valuable representation throughout your claim and during negotiations with insurers. Get started today by contacting us online for a free case review.

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A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.



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A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.



The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.



The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.



Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.



The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.



The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.



The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.



A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

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