Las Vegas Injury Lawyer Zachary D. Clayton, Esq. Explains What to Do If You Suffered a Fracture Due to Someone’s Negligence
Each and every year, close to 7 million people suffer broken bones in accidents. In many instances, those accidents – such as car wrecks, crosswalk accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck crashes, etc. – were preventable.
In Las Vegas, there is a higher risk of suffering a broken bone or fractured bone in a pedestrian accident or automobile collision due to the high volume of tourists who may not be familiar with traffic patterns around the city.
If you or someone you love were part of an accident and suffered from a bone fracture or broken bone, you must book a free consultation with an experienced injury lawyer in Las Vegas to talk about potential legal recourses. It may be possible to request monetary restitution for your losses and harms if a negligent individual caused the accident.
Overview of Bone Fractures
Fractures are defined as a break in the continuity of the bone. Fractures can result from high force impact or stress or even trivial injuries that result when individuals are suffering from weakened bones.
Fractures often occur because of direct blows, twisting injuries or falls. The type of forces or trauma to the bone may determine what type of injury occurs. Some fractures occur without trauma because of weakened bones or osteoporosis. Fractures can be transverse (across the bone), oblique (at an angle), spiral or comminuted (in multiple pieces). A compound fracture typically breaks the skin.
There are a number of different kinds of fractures. A stress fracture occurs when the limb is overused. With repeated micro-trauma, the bone can become weakened. Stress fractures are often seen in the lower leg, the shin bone (tibia), and the foot.
Compression fractures often occur in the spine as a result of weakened bones. The fractures commonly happen in the back if it cannot withstand the force of gravity, causing the bones to crumble.
Bone Fracture Financial Compensation from a Car Accident in Nevada
Bone fracture recovery could warrant costly treatments. If the injuries happened because of another person’s actions it may be possible to pursue restitution from them. You are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a fracture injury lawyer in Las Vegas to discuss your options.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers works directly with your insurance company to make sure that the compensation you receive is fair. Also, our lawyers will request damages from the individual who is responsible for your fractured bone – to an extent where a settlement can cover all of your losses.
What Exactly Constitutes a Broken Bone?
The term “broken bone” refers to an array of injuries, from a hairline fracture to an injury that leaves a bone shattered. The consequences of such an injury cause a great deal of pain and can range from temporary annoyance to lifetime disability. If your quality of life, or your ability to earn a living, has been seriously affected by a broken bone and you believe that your injury was caused by persons or forces beyond your control, you may be able to pursue financial restitution for your harms and losses.
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Broken bones are extremely common injuries. It has been said that, on average, a person experiences two broken bones in their lifetime. Broken bones are caused by the amount of pressure on the bone surpassing the amount of pressure the bone can withstand.
Broken bones happen most commonly in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and workplace accidents. Fractures are the most common type of bone breaks but broken bones can be classified in a number of ways, including:
- Clean Breaks: Often, the easiest to treat by medical professionals as the bone breaks into two simple pieces, limiting the damage to the surrounding area.
- Bone Fractures: Fractures are the most common of the broken bones classifications and is when a bone either breaks and shifts in alignment, or partially breaks.
- Bone chips: When a piece of bone or cartilage is chipped off. Most commonly occurs when a ligament tears away from a bone or joint.
- Bone shatters: Bone shatters occur when a bone breaks into 3 or more pieces, often as a result of being crushed by a heavy object.
The Recovery Needed When You Suffered a Broken Bone in an Accident
Broken bones require medical attention and, depending on the severity of the break, can lead to long hospital stays, surgery, and continued physical therapy. A broken bone can take weeks to years to fully heal, putting you at risk for lost of wagers and accumulating medical bills. Repairing or recovering from a broken bone accident can place undue financial strain on you and your family and it is imperative that you seek assistance from a personal injury lawyer at the first sign of foul play.
Broken bones can easily happen on the roads, at work, or on someone else’s property due to another party’s negligence. If you believe that your injury has been caused at the hands of another, we encourage you to pursue your legal options and the compensation you deserve. The experienced Las Vegas broken bones lawyers with our firm are familiar with all aspects of personal injury law including strategizing for success, filing cases in civil court, and presenting cases in front a judge.
Our objective is to seek out monetary restitution for your body injuries by way of a settlement out of court or one awarded by a jury. The settlement should cover the costs of a variety of damages, both non-economic and economic, which includes:
- All permanent disabilities.
- Suffering and pain that came about because of the injury.
- Missing wages because the injury stopped you from performing at work.
- Regular physical therapy.
- Medical costs associated with a bone break or fracture treatment.
How to Win an Injury Case Involving Broken Bones in Nevada
The specific circumstances involved with each accident (as well as the injuries associated with them) are unique. So it stands to reason that your case’s legal strategy will be, too. With that said, there are specific fundamental requirements that come with getting the outcome you want in any personal injury case.
If you sustained broken bones from an automobile accident, and it is readily apparent that another driver was responsible, it is prudent for you to have a claim filed against the insurance policy of that motorist. However, what happens if you sustained a trip/fall inside of a commercial establishment because of an oily or wet surface? What if you become injured because of the failure of exercise equipment you were using?
Based on your accident’s nature and either the entity or person you believe is responsible, the length of time necessary to have a settlement pursued will differ. When your situation is being assessed, the initial step is to take a few fundamental factors into consideration:
- Consequences – can you prove that the injuries you sustained happened because of events that another person caused (as opposed to being the consequence of a problem or condition that was apparent before the accident)?
- Causation – are you able to establish that something or someone besides yourself influenced the injury?
For a better idea of what your legal recourses are, book a confidential consultation for free today with LV Personal Injury Lawyers.
How We Can Help You Secure Medical Treatment If You Lack Health Insurance
If you need medical care for your bone fracture but cannot afford it, a knowledgeable Las Vegas injury lawyer can help you find a doctor, chiropractor or therapist willing to treat you on a medical lien basis in Nevada. An attorney will also work closely with your doctors and therapists to make sure your injuries are properly documented.
Insurers and defense lawyers will often claim your medical data is insufficient in order to avoid or delay paying you. A savvy personal injury attorney in Las Vegas will work hard to make sure that does not happen.
Do Not Provide Medical Records or a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company
It is important, in the aftermath of a serious accident, to always remember that the insurance company is not your friend or your ally in seeking financial restitution for your harms and losses. Insurance companies are businesses focused on making as much money as possible.
The reason an insurance claims adjuster will contact you so quickly after a car accident, motorcycle accident, crosswalk accident, etc. is because they are attempting to get you to say that “you are fine” before actually getting checked out by a physical therapist or to simply offer you a lowball settlement.
It is quite common for an accident victim to receive a phone call from a claims adjuster associated with the negligent party’s insurance company. They may sound friendly and sympathetic to your situation. They may even try to develop a rapport with you in an effort to make you think they are on your side. Do not fall for this.
Even though this is a stressful time, you need to be careful and cautious when exchanging phone calls and/or emails with a claims adjuster for the other party’s insurance company. They will probably ask you to provide a recorded statement over the phone. The adjuster may even try to frame it as a prerequisite before they will review your claim. This is a trick. You are under no legal obligation to provide a recorded statement.
The claims adjuster will probably ask for a medical authorization to review all of your medical records. Do not sign anything the insurance company sends you without speaking with an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer Zachary D. Clayton. Why? Because the insurance company’s paperwork is going to be vague, broad, and essentially allow the company to access your entire medical history with the objective of finding something they can point to (e.g., a prior injury or surgery) as the reason you were harmed rather than the accident.
Pursuant to Nevada law, you are not legally obligated to share your medical information. In fact, any medical records you release to the other party’s insurance company can be limited to the medical information associated with your bodily injury, or injuries, stemming from the accident.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Bone Fracture Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas?
Zero dollars. That’s right, it costs you nothing upfront to hire a skilled and knowledgeable Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to handle your case. There is no massive retainer or hourly fee you have to worry about paying.
We understand that you have enough on your plate and many injury clients are already struggling financially in the aftermath of a serious accident that may have forced them to miss a significant amount of time from work. You can hire a lawyer without paying anything. Your attorney is compensated contingent upon securing a favorable outcome in your case.
What Exactly is a Contingency Fee Agreement?
Most Las Vegas injury law firms work on a contingency fee basis. This type of legal arrangement allows an injured party to retain the services of an experienced attorney without having to front the cost of legal fees. The lawyer’s fees will then be deducted from the final outcome in your case, whether it be a settlement or jury verdict.
The exact contingent fee percentage will vary based on the type of case and when it gets resolved, but in most cases, the contingent fee percentage is between 33 and 40 percent.
Hiring a Lawyer Means You Get a Team of Skilled and Effective Professionals on Your Side
When you hire an attorney with LV Personal Injury Lawyers, your case will not be managed by a single attorney. You will actually get the benefit of a team of dedicated and respected professionals who will investigate and build your case. This team includes experienced paralegals, investigators, experts, etc. From reviewing accident reports, accident scene photographs, collecting and examining medical evidence, interviewing witnesses, etc. you can rest assured that we will work tirelessly to get you the financial restitution you deserve.
Contact LV Personal Injury Lawyers Today to Schedule a Free, Confidential Case Review
If you or a family member suffered a broken bone or bone fracture in an accident caused by the careless or reckless actions of another party (e.g., a drunk driver, a texting and speeding driver, etc.), now is the time to take legal action to pursue the financial restitution you are owed for your harms and losses.
Contact Zachary D. Clayton – an aggressive and respected Las Vegas accident attorneys with our firm today. Remember, you only have a finite amount of time to take legal action (typically two years from the date of the accident).
This is why you should contact our firm today so we can get to work immediately reviewing your potential case, investigating what happened, and analyzing your legal options. Call us or contact us online.