The pain and suffering of a broken bone or fracture can be unbearable. It’s hard enough to deal with the physical symptoms, let alone worry about how you’re going to pay for all your medical bills.
Unfortunately, many people don’t know that they may be entitled to financial compensation if their injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. That’s why we’ve created this ultimate guide—so you can get the settlement you deserve.
Don’t suffer in silence any longer. Take control of your situation and learn everything there is to know about broken bone and fracture settlements today.
Have more questions? Contact Jett Legal to schedule a free consultation.
Understanding Fractures And Broken Bones
Broken bones and fractures can be painful, debilitating injuries that require extensive medical care. In the most serious cases, broken bones or fractures can cause long-term damage or even disability.
It’s important to understand the different types of fractures and how they’re usually caused in order to receive appropriate compensation for your injury.
The two main categories of bone fractures are closed and open. Closed fractures occur when a bone is cracked or broken but does not break through the skin. Open fractures involve a break in the bone that causes an opening in the skin where debris from the fracture may enter and cause infection.
Depending on the severity of the fracture, surgery may be required to repair it properly. With either type of fracture, physical therapy is often necessary to help restore full mobility and range of motion after healing has taken place.
Determining Liability In Your Case
In personal injury cases, the fault is determined by negligence. Negligence is when someone fails to exercise reasonable care under specific circumstances. To prove negligence, it must be shown that there was a duty owed by one person to another, this duty was breached due to a lack of proper care, and an injury occurred as a result of the breach.
It’s important to note that fault may not lie solely with one party. Depending on the circumstances, multiple parties may be held liable for damages.
For example, in a workplace accident caused by defective machinery provided by the employer, both the employer and the manufacturer could be responsible for any resulting injuries.
Calculating Your Damages
To ensure you earn maximum compensation for your claim, you need to calculate the damages related to your broken bone or fracture. This includes both economic and non-economic losses that have been incurred as a result of the injury.
Economic damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages due to an inability to work
- Physical therapy costs
- Cost of assistive devices (canes, crutches, etc.)
- Transportation costs for doctor visits
- Any other out-of-pocket expenditures related to your injuries
Non-economic damages can be more difficult to quantify since they aren’t assigned a monetary value. Despite this, they should still be included in settlement negotiations.
Some examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life due to the injury.
Negotiating A Settlement
Negotiating a personal injury settlement for a broken bone or fracture injury can be complex, but there are many ways you can negotiate to maximize your compensation:
- Gathering evidence such as medical bills and doctor’s notes
- Taking photos of injuries and the accident scene
- Determining the value of your claim.
With strong evidence, you can build a solid case, which will help with negotiations.
When negotiating, start with a high demand and keep a detailed record of communication between you and the insurance company. Don’t agree to a settlement that is less than what you are entitled to. Once a settlement is reached, get it in writing to protect your rights.
Consider hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to help you navigate the process.
Why Should You Work With A Lawyer?
Working with an experienced attorney can ensure that you receive the most favorable outcome possible.
Here are three key reasons why retaining a lawyer may be in your best interest:
- A lawyer will have knowledge and experience with the law relevant to your case.
- An attorney can provide access to resources, such as expert witnesses or medical specialists, who can provide evidence for your claim.
- Hiring a lawyer eliminates any potential conflict of interest when dealing with insurance companies, employers, or other parties involved in your injury lawsuit.
Legal counsel can also assist in preparing paperwork, filing documents within local court rules and deadlines, and keeping track of any changes made throughout the entire process. Having a professional on your side is invaluable because they understand what needs to occur for you to get justice for yourself and maximum compensation for your injuries.
So, if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, reach out to Jett Legal. Our team of personal injury lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for your broken bones, fractures, and any other injuries you sustained from your accident.
Contact us today to schedule your free case review.
Matt Jett is the CEO and Managing Partner of Jett Legal, a Missouri personal injury law firm. With more than 10 years of
experience in personal injury, he has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including car and truck
accidents, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, and other cases.
Matt received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law and is a member of the Missouri
Bar Association. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Rising Stars distinction by Super Lawyers 2019-2022.