Broken bones are one of the most common injuries cause by traffic collisions and slip and fall accidents. A common question asked by clients who have suffered serious injuries is “how much is my case worth“. The answer to this question is not simple. There are several factors to take into account when calculating the estimated settlement or verdict of a personal injury claim including, the severity of the injury, the length of time it takes for the injury to heal, and whether there was lost work or a loss of future income. A general description of the factors associated with the value of a broken bone injury claim in provided below. If you have any further questions and would like to speak with an attorney regarding compensation for your injuries feel free to contact our Law Offices (855)385-2529. Severity or Magnitude of the Injury: There are several types of bone fractures including
- Hairline Fracture – also called a stress fracture – a very small sliver of crack in the bone. Hairline fractures can lead to pain – in many instances individuals who have suffered hairline fracture without realizing.
- Compound Fractures – When the bone is cracked in several places. Such fractures often take months of rehabilitation and medical care to heal.
- Displaced Fracture – Takes place when a fragment of the bone is torn away.
- Avulsion Fracture: This takes place when a tendon or ligament that is attached to a bone pulls off a piece of the bone.
- Spiral Fractures – Takes Place the bone breaks due to the twisting of the limbs.
- Transverse Fracture – caused by force that is directly applied to the injured limb
Common Bones Broken in an AccidentAccidents often have negative impacts that rely on the forces exchanged. When you get in a car accident or are involved in a slip and fall incident, broken bones are well within the realm of possibility. If the car crashes into you a high enough speeds, or if you land awkwardly or hard enough, bones will give under the pressure and snap. Here are common bones that are broken by such accidents. Auto Accidents
- Vertebrae from the neck and spine
- Humerous and Radius
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Elbow injuries
- Wrist injuries
Other factors that are taken into account:
- All medical costs – this included all future medical costs associated with the injuries suffered including future prescription drugs, rehabilitation, and revision surgeries.
- Pain and Suffering – including emotional trauma and compensation for the actual physical pain you suffered. In a Per Diem jurisdiction, the value of pain and suffering will be calculated on a daily basis. So for example if you have suffered from 200 days of pain from a broken clavicle in an auto accident the jury will calculate the daily monetary compensation for your pain and multiply it by 200. ($130 dollars per day X 200 days = $26,000).
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – Truck and Motorcycle Crashes
- Prescription Drug Medication – Nexium and other Acid reflux medications using proton pump inhibitors
- Acts of Violent – Assault and battery
- Sport-related injuries
- Falls from high place – including slip and fall accidents
- Playground accidents
- Workplace injuries – repetitive movements including stress fractures
Broken Bones SettlementsThe settlement you will be awarded depends on various factors. Things like how it was that you broke your bone(s), the extent of your injury, and the impact it had on your life. Because every case is different, all settlements thus vary from person to person. To give you an idea of how much you could win, below are real-life examples of broken bone settlements in the past.
- $1,175,000 awarded to a man broke two ribs and required surgery after he rode a motorcycle and a car pulled in front of him.
- $1,100,000 awarded to a plaintiff who had both a hip fracture as well as a kneecap fracture. Both injuries required surgery and were caused by a negligent driver.
- $1,000,000 awarded to a man in a product liability case after he suffered a fractured femur.
- $215,000 awarded to a plaintiff who suffered many broken bones in collision at an intersection. The settlement amount was the complete coverage of their car insurance’s policy limit.
- $115,000 awarded to a plaintiff who suffered a fractured finger and partial amputation of the fingertip after a tree fell on her windshield which caused her to crash.