Broken bones are unwelcome and painful interruptions to our daily lives. Bone fractures can result in significant financial burdens due to medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs, and pain while they heal.
If someone’s negligent or intentional act caused you to suffer a broken bone, Harris Keenan & Goldfarb’s experienced New York personal injury attorneys want to help. Our firm can provide advocacy and advice to people injured by others to help them recover financially and rebuild their lives after they have broken bones. Call us today at 800-724-6529 for a free consultation about your case.
Common Causes of Broken Bones
Bones can break in many circumstances. Sometimes, an injured person can seek compensation when another person causes a broken bone. Here are some common causes of broken bones for which seeking compensation may be possible:
Collisions on the road, whether they involve cars, motorcycles, bicycles, or pedestrians, can lead to bone fractures. The immense force generated during an accident can exert enough pressure on bones to cause them to break. Whether it’s a sudden stop that causes a person to hit the vehicle’s interior or a collision with another object, traffic accidents can result in severe injuries that could entitle the injured person to pursue compensation.
Slip and Falls
A seemingly innocuous slip or trip can have serious consequences. When someone falls, they may instinctively reach out to break their fall, leading to wrist, arm, or even hip fractures. Slip and fall incidents commonly occur due to hazardous conditions such as wet floors, icy pathways, uneven surfaces, or poorly maintained premises.
Occupations involving physical labor, machinery, or heights can increase the risk of bone fractures. Construction, manufacturing, or even healthcare workers are susceptible to accidents that can result in broken bones. Falling from heights, being struck by heavy objects, or getting caught in machinery are potential scenarios that might lead an injured worker to seek compensation.
Sports and Recreational Activities
Physical activities, while essential for a healthy lifestyle, can sometimes lead to accidents causing bone fractures. The impact or pressure exerted on bones can lead to fractures, whether it’s a collision during a contact sport, a fall while skiing, or a misstep during a leisurely jog. When someone else was responsible for the injury, these breaks could entitle the injured party to compensation for medical treatment and recovery.
Assaults and Violence
Intentional harm caused by assaults or violence can result in bone fractures. Physical altercations, fights, or criminal acts can lead to severe injuries, and victims may seek compensation from the responsible parties to cover medical expenses and other related costs.
In each scenario, seeking compensation becomes vital to alleviating financial strain and facilitating recovery. Compensation can help cover medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and even provide a measure of justice for the pain and suffering from the broken bone.
What Are Different Kinds of Broken Bone Injuries?
Depending on the severity of the fracture or break, injuries involving broken bones can profoundly impact one’s life, ranging from short-term discomfort to lifelong disabilities. Some of the most frequently encountered types of bone fractures and breaks are:
Comminuted Fractures – These fractures involve a bone breaking into more than two pieces. Smaller bones, such as those in the hands and feet, are most susceptible to these fractures. They frequently occur in car accidents and slip-and-fall incidents, where people instinctively extend their hands to cushion themselves, often leading to fractured wrists and digits.
Greenstick Fractures – Greenstick fractures emerge when a bone bends due to a significant force impact. These are more prevalent in children whose bones are still soft and developing. Typically, the fracture tends to occur along the outer bend of the bone.
Oblique Fractures – An oblique fracture is an angled break. A forceful impact or sudden limb twisting are common triggers for oblique fractures.
Stress Fractures – Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone, commonly observed among individuals who regularly handle heavy objects and perform repetitive movements at their jobs. Those who don’t take adequate breaks (or are discouraged from doing so by their employers) are at a higher risk of developing stress fractures over time.
Transverse Fractures – A transverse fracture happens when a bone snaps across its width. It often occurs in car accidents, where a sudden force applied in different directions exerts substantial pressure directly perpendicular to the bone.
Compensation for New York Broken Bone Injuries
New Yorkers who have sustained broken bones may be entitled to various types of compensation to address their injuries’ physical, emotional, and financial toll. In New York, compensation aims to restore the victim’s well-being, alleviate financial strain, and provide a measure of justice for the hardships endured.
Medical Expenses – Compensation should cover medical costs, including hospitalization, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and ongoing medical care required for a full recovery. This compensation ensures accident victims receive the necessary treatments without overwhelming financial burdens.
Lost Wages – Victims can seek compensation for income lost due to missed work during their recovery period or temporary disability. Additionally, suppose a broken bone prevents someone from returning to work in the same capacity as before. In that case, compensation for future wage loss might be awarded to address the long-term reduction in earning potential.
Pain and Suffering – Beyond the tangible costs, accident victims may receive compensation for the pain, suffering, and emotional distress from the broken bone.
Get In Touch with an Experienced New York Personal Injury Attorney
Since 1996, Harris Keenan & Goldfarb has helped victims injured in New York accidents caused by the wrongdoing of others to pursue the compensation they deserve. An accident, especially one that breaks bones, can change your life. Our mission is to empower our clients to recover financially and regain normalcy.
Accident victims must consult with experienced legal professionals to understand the full scope of the money available to them. Each case is unique, and seeking appropriate compensation ensures that injured parties receive the support they need to recover physically, emotionally, and financially from the challenges posed by broken bone injuries in New York.
Call us today at 800-724-6529 or contact us online for a free case assessment. Our skilled and compassionate attorneys want to advocate for you, help you heal, and move forward.