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California Broken Bone Injury Lawyers

Broken leg x-rays image showing tibia and fibula fractures.Broken bones are caused by trauma to the bone, such as undue pressure or force. A fracture is a synonym for a break; to say one has suffered a bone fracture means that their bone has broken.

Broken bones are usually the result of an accident. Five percent of falls, for example, cause broken bones. Car crashes can cause broken bones. Motorcycle accidents frequently cause broken bones, because outside of a helmet the motorcyclist’s body is exposed to larger vehicles, the road, and the surroundings.

Any bone in the body can be broken, ranging from the femur (the large bone in the leg) to the arm, the wrist to the ankle.

Broken bone injury

The Ellis Law Firm sees the impact of broken bone injuries in the Los Angeles area every year. Broken bones cause pain and debility. They may necessitate surgery, prolonged time in casts or other immobility devices, frequent doctor and other medical appointments, and physical therapy. Sufferers of broken bones may lose time off work or even become unable to work.

Broken bones in some areas of the body can be extremely dangerous. Broken ribs, for example, can puncture lungs or cause internal bleeding. Broken bones can damage nerves and skin.

If a bone is improperly set or does not heal correctly, it can cause long-term disability. The person may never be able to regain function of the affected area. Similarly broken bones can become infected or, if they cause a wound, the entire area can become infected. Infection can cause serious illness and even death.

Broken bones happen most frequently to children and to senior citizens. In people 65 and older, bones become brittle. As a result, their bones break more easily and take much longer to mend.

Many broken bones are highly painful. However, people who have broken a bone through an accident may not realize that the pain they feel is a result of a fracture, since they may have been injured in other ways as well. Broken bones are a medical emergency. People who have suffered accidents should see a physician or go to the emergency room immediately to be checked out for broken bones.

Broken bone as a result of negligence

If you or a family member has broken a bone because of the negligence of another party, or if the negligence of another party contributed, you can bring a claim. A person or business is negligent if hey reasonably knew or should have known that a situation for which they were responsible was dangerous, but did not take reasonable care to avoid it, get rid of it, or fix it.

If, for example, you rent an apartment unit and your landlord did not repair a damaged sidewalk for a month, they could be determined negligent if the damage caused you to turn your ankle in such a way that the ankle was broken. If a car rear-ended you and the resultant crash broke your arm, the driver could be found negligent for your injuries. Negligence in such cases can also be an important factor in negotiating a fair settlement with your insurance company.

Legal suits can be brought for medical bills, orthopedic and other surgery, medications, physical therapy bills, and necessary medical devices and accommodations, such as crutches, canes, and wheelchairs. You may bring a broken bone lawsuit for the cost of any necessary care to help with the activities of daily living.

You can also bring suit for any loss of wages if the injury caused you to lose work time. If the broken bone injury caused you to need retraining for your job or accommodations such as special chairs, desks, or other equipment, you can also be reimbursed for those.

If the injury caused damage that makes it impossible for you to perform your past job again, you can be compensated for retraining or for disability.

Finally, you or a family member can seek damages for pain and suffering.

How much is a broken bone worth?

It’s natural for a person suffering from broken bones to wonder how much the settlement might be worth.

Settlement amounts vary because bone fractures themselves vary in nature. Variables to consider include the impact on daily life and health, the parts of the body affected, any resulting damage from infection or other problem in the wake of the initial broken bone, and whether the damage is short or long term.

Some examples of damage settlements in broken bone cases across the country are:

Broken Arm

A plaintiff in slip and fall accident that resulted in a broken arm recently received a claim worth $197,500.

Broken Foot

Depending on the case and the amount of medical treatment needed, damages for a broken foot can be between $2,500.00 to more than $100,000.00.

Broken Leg

Nationwide, the median claim awarded for broken legs is more than $141,800.

Broken Ankle

A plaintiff with nerve and subcutaneous damage to an ankle and foot that caused permanent partial disability, scarring and mental distress received an award of $203,000. 

Southern California broken bone lawyers

The Ellis Law Firm has decades of experience in litigating negligence cases that caused, in whole or in part, our clients to suffer broken bones. We can negotiate with insurance companies to make sure the full range of damage is compensated for our clients.

We fight for justice for those affected and their families. Call us today for a free consultation at 310-641-3335.

Additional bone injury lawsuit resources:

  1. Broken Bone: Types of Fractures, Symptoms and Prevention. WebMd.
  2. Understanding Bone Fractures. The Basics. WebMed.