As you may already know, suffering a broken bone can be painful and highly costly. This is especially true when a fracture needs extensive medical treatment, takes a long time to heal and keeps you from being able to work or return to the job you had before your injury.
If you have suffered a broken bone in a work-related accident or due to the negligence of another, you should meet with an attorney from Strickland, Agner & Associates to explore your legal options. We serve clients in Goldsboro and throughout North Carolina.
Our law firm understands the challenges that injury victims face, and we are truly passionate about helping our clients to overcome those challenges. We can meet with you right away to review your case in a free consultation. Call or connect with us online today to get started.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help You After a Fracture?
When you reach out to Strickland, Agner & Associates, one of our skilled and experienced attorneys will personally meet with you and review your case.
The lawyer’s first step will be to understand why you suffered your fracture injury, which will help to determine your legal options. Common causes of fractures are:
- Workplace accidents – Workers in the construction industry face a high risk of suffering fractures. For instance, falls from roofs, ladders and scaffolding can cause everything from a fractured wrist to broken vertebrae. Workers in manufacturing and other industries can also break bones in accidents or suffer stress fractures due to repetitive motions.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Car, motorcycle and truck crashes are a leading cause of fractures. Skull, face, neck and spinal fractures are common in rear-end collisions. However, nearly every limb is at risk of a fracture when a wreck occurs, especially if the victim is a bicyclist or pedestrian who was struck by a negligence motorist.
- Falls – The elderly face a significantly high risk of breaking bones in falls, including painful and debilitating hip fractures. Elderly falls often result from nursing home abuse and neglect. However, people of any age can suffer serious fractures in slip-and-falls that occur due to dangerous property conditions.
As we review your case, we may find that your legal options include:
- Seeking workers’ compensation benefits – You may be eligible for these benefits if your broken bone injury occurred while you were working. You do not need to prove anyone was at fault to receive these benefits. Workers’ compensation can cover all of your medical expenses and replace a portion of the wages you lose while you are recovering from your fracture and unable to work.
- Filing a personal injury claim – You would need to establish that another party’s negligence caused you to suffer a fracture. If you can establish that another party was at fault, you could seek past and future medical expenses, lost wages and diminished future earning capacity, pain and suffering damages and more.
Under some circumstances, you could pursue both workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury damages. For instance, you may have suffered a fracture while working that was caused by the negligence of non-employer. An example would be getting into a car accident while on the job. If you obtained a personal injury verdict or settlement, it would simply be offset by the amount you had collected in workers’ compensation benefits.
At Strickland, Agner & Associates, we can explore all options available to you and help you to complete every step needed to pursue the full amount of benefits and other compensation available to you.
What Medical Treatment Can You Expect for a Fracture?
Our law firm’s primary goal will be to ensure that you receive the medical treatment and rehabilitation services that you need as you move forward in your recovery from a fracture.
The treatment you will require may depend on the type of fracture you have suffered. The most common types are:
- Greenstick – The bone is cracked or bent, but it is not broken. These fractures are common in young children due to the flexibility of their bones.
- Stable – The bone is broken, but the ends are only slightly out of place. Types of stable fractures include transverse (the break is horizontal) and oblique (angled break).
- Compound – The broken bone pierces the skin. This is also called an open fracture. A concern is the risk of infection at the site of the wound.
- Comminuted – The bone is broken in more than one place.
- Impacted – The ends of the bone are driven into each other.
If you believe that you have suffered a broken bone in an accident, you should go to the emergency room or see your family doctor right away. Make sure to tell the doctor what happened to you, which can assist with making a diagnosis. You may be asked to undergo an X-ray, MRI or even a CT scan, which will allow the doctor to get a clear look at the fracture and whether there is damage to surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves.
Following a broken bone diagnosis, you may undergo one or more different types of treatment. As the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) notes, the goal will be to move the bone fragments back into a proper position and stabilize them until the bone heals.
Types of treatment you may undergo include:
- Medication – You may be prescribed pain medication for the first days or weeks after the injury. You could need additional medication if complications arise such as an infection or blood clotting.
- Cast or splint – This is the most common type of treatment. The broken pieces are put into proper position, and the bone is stabilized within a fiberglass or plaster cast.
- Traction – This involves using weights to gently realign the broken ends.
- External fixation – This involves the insertion of pins and screws above and below the fracture, which are then connected to a metal bar placed outside of the skin.
- Internal fixation – This involves connecting the broken pieces with screws, plates or a rod that is inserted through the center of the bone.
- Rehabilitation – As you recover, you will need to go through a series of exercises that are aimed at restoring your strength and motion.
On average, it takes about six to eight weeks to recover from a fracture. However, many factors can affect the healing process, including the severity of the fracture, its location and your age and physical condition. For instance, a young person with a broken arm will heal much faster than an elderly person with a broken hip.
The pain you suffer, the costs of the medical treatment you receive and the amount of time you miss from work should all be taken into account when seeking a financial recovery.
Get Help from Goldsboro Broken Bone Lawyers
At Strickland, Agner & Associates, our goal will be to pursue a maximum recovery for you after you have suffered a broken bone at work or due to the careless or reckless acts of another. Contact us today to get started on your case with a free consultation at our Goldsboro office or any other location that is convenient for you.
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