Albuquerque Law Firm Assisting Victims of Catastrophic Injuries
Broken bones often require surgery, lengthy physical therapy, and significant time off work. If you suffered a fracture in an Albuquerque accident, the injury attorneys at Parnall Law Firm, LLC can provide the guidance and advocacy you need to help you seek damages. Our lawyers take pride in having protected the rights of victims since 1997. We are seasoned litigators who can evaluate your case and help you pursue a claim for compensation against the party that caused your fracture. Please contact our office to learn how we can assist you.
Common Causes of Broken Bones
Broken bones typically occur in motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls and even bicycle accidents. A fracture may be broadly categorized as either simple or complex. A simple fracture happens when the bone breaks but does not pierce the skin. A compound fracture occurs when the bone breaks through the skin. A bone may fracture in several places, which can cause it to shift and possibly cause injury to surrounding organs, ligaments, and tissue, which can lead to infection. Some types of broken bones include comminuted fractures, which occur when a bone breaks in several pieces, and compression fractures, which happen when a bone is crushed.
Broken bones and fractures are common in certain types of accidents. Car wrecks, truck crashes, motorcycle accidents, and other motor vehicle collisions can cause this type of injury. A person may also slip or fall on a wet floor or uneven pavement and suffer a fracture. The elderly are particularly susceptible to broken bone injuries. The Centers for Disease Control reports that one in every three adults age 65 or older suffers a fall every year, and that 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls.
Pursue Compensation by Filing a Negligence Claim
If you suffered a broken bone injury, you may be able to sue the person or entity that caused the harm. You can possibly recover damages if you can show that the defendant in your case had a legal obligation to use care that was violated, leading to the accident in which you were hurt and actual damages that you incurred. For example, New Mexico motorists must take reasonable precautions when they drive. Property owners also owe a duty of care to people lawfully on their property and sometimes to trespassing children.
You must demonstrate how the defendant breached the duty of care. A motorist may be deemed to have violated it if he or she failed to yield, ran a red light, or broke another traffic rule. A property owner may breach the duty by failing to promptly fix a broken step or post warning signs about a wet floor.
You then would have to show how the defendant’s breach caused your injury. To prove causation, the link between the careless action and your harm must be proximate. In other words, there must be a close enough connection between these two elements to hold the defendant liable for your injuries and any damages you suffered.
In some cases, you may also have a claim against the employer of the party who harmed you. You would need to demonstrate that the party was performing a work-related act when its negligence caused your injury. An employer cannot be held liable if an employee’s careless actions were outside the scope of employment.
Several states prevent a person from recovering damages if he or she was partially responsible for his or her own injury. Some states bar recovery if a victim is 50 percent or more at fault, while others deny compensation if he or she was even one percent at fault. New Mexico, however, allows an injured person to obtain damages irrespective of his or her percentage of fault. As long as the victim is not completely responsible for the accident, the state will allow recovery from a defendant to the extent of that party’s negligence.
Accident Attorneys Protecting The Rights Of Albuquerque Residents
The accident lawyers at Parnall Law Firm, LLC advocate for the rights of injured individuals throughout the Albuquerque area. If you suffered a fracture or other catastrophic harm, you may have a claim against the party that was responsible. We can help you take legal action and pursue damages for your broken bones, such as hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Please call us today at 505-268-6500 for an initial consultation at no cost. You can also fill out our online form.