An Albuquerque car accident can cause many types of injuries including broken or fractured bones. Depending on the severity of the fracture, a broken bone may cause pain, swelling and require surgery, loss of mobility and significant time off work.
If you sustained a bone fracture in a traffic accident caused by another motorist in Albuquerque, then you may be entitled under New Mexico law to seek compensation for your medical bills, physical therapy and other expenses. Contact the experienced injury attorneys at Parnall Law, LLC can provide the guidance and advocacy you need to pursue full compensation for your losses.
Attorney Bert Parnall and the legal team at Parnall Law Office are ready to assist people who have sustained broken bones in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and bicycle accidents, anywhere in Central New Mexico. As we pursue justice for our clients, our dedicated broken bone injury attorneys are guided by five bedrock values: Team, Talent, Truth, Tenacity, Triumph. Parnall Law is committed to the highest standard of client representation.
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Most Common Bones Broken in Car Accidents
The body of an adult has more than 200 bones. Any bone can be cracked, fractured or crushed in a car accident, depending on the speed, force and angle of impact.
Some of the most common bones fractured in car accidents include:
Some broken bones heal on their own and other fractures require a cast. If the broken bones have shifted out of the place, the doctor may need to re-align the bones. For more serious fractures, an orthopedic surgeon may need to use rods, screws or pins to hold the bones in position.
The recovery can take months and involve physical therapy to regain strength and mobility.
While you are focused on your recovery, our attorneys can be dealing with the insurance company of the other motorist and fighting for a full settlement of your bone fracture injury claim. Don’t let another day go by without speaking with a knowledgeable broken bone injury lawyer to understand your legal rights. If you’re hurt, call Bert!
Types of Fractures
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 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.
- Partial fracture—A partial fracture, in which the bone is cracked but not completely broken, is also known as an incomplete fracture.
- Compound fracture—A compound fracture occurs when one or more bone breaks through the skin. Compound fractures are also known as open fractures and they require aggressive treatment.
- Comminuted fracture—The impact of a high-speed crash may cause bones to shatter into three or more pieces. Comminuted fractures are more common in older adults with brittle bones.
- Compression fracture—The blunt force of a car accident can cause a vertebra to fracture. The spinal vertebrae most commonly fractured are those in the lower back. Surgery is typically required to address a compression fracture to prevent further damage.
- Depressed skull fracture— The impact of the head hitting the windshield, or another hard surface can cause part of the skull to be crushed inward. This can cause a mild, moderate or severe traumatic brain injury.
- Oblique fracture—This type of fracture involves an angled or diagonal pattern to the break. They occur most commonly in the upper arm bone or thigh bone.
- Greenstick fracture—A common diagnosis in children who have more flexible bones, the bone cracks but doesn’t break.
Severity of Injuries
The severity of a broken bone injury typically depends on the force that causes the fracture. A bone may develop a hairline crack or break entirely and separate. If the impact involves extreme force, a bone may shatter. Any broken bone caused by high-impact trauma such as the impact of a car collision requires emergency medical attention.
A compound fracture in which one of more bones is sticking through the skin is especially dangerous because the open wound is more susceptible to becoming infected.
Some bone breaks require realignment or surgical repair. For example, all three leg bones can be broken in a car crash. Fractures can occur when a driver or passenger’s knees are pressed against the dashboard in a collision. Leg injuries from car accidents may require surgery to implant medical devices to maintain the leg bones in proper alignment during healing.
Recovery Time and Medical Bills
A broken bone must be set properly and held in place for the period of time needed for the fracture to heal. Fractures take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to heal, depending on the severity of the injury.
Even after your cast is removed, you will need to limit your work activity or other strenuous activity for a period of time in keeping with the doctor’s orders. Your recovery may include follow-up surgery to remove the surgical screws or pins used to stabilize the fracture while it heals.
You may be unable to return to work or earn a paycheck until the broken bone is sturdy enough to resume normal activity. During this time, you may be accumulating medical bills. The perfect storm of unexpected doctor and hospital bills and the loss of income can create financial stress for you and your family. It is normal to feel overwhelmed in this situation.
If your broken bones were caused by another driver’s negligence, you do have legal rights in New Mexico to demand full compensation for your losses. The auto liability insurance of the at-fault driver should pay for your medical bills and other related expenses. You should consult with a knowledgeable car accident attorney about your legal rights to seek compensation to cover your medical bills, lost income and other losses.
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How a Lawyer Can Help
New Mexico law allows people who have suffered broken bones as a result of others’ negligence to seek financial compensation for their losses. But do not expect an insurance company to offer a broken arm car accident settlement voluntarily. Filing a broken bone injury claim is an adversarial process. Attorney Bert Parnall is a fighter and will fight for you.
Many people who sustain fractures in car accidents have never been in a serious accident and are uncertain of the value of the claim.
Insurers frequently make quick lowball offers to attempt to relieve the insurance company of liability for serious accidents. The offers are generally a fraction of the fair value of the claim. But it’s difficult for you to know that if you have never dealt with an accident claim involving a serious injury.
The insurance company representing the at-fault driver will not give your claim the full consideration it deserves unless you have a personal injury lawyer fighting for you. An experienced car accident lawyer at Parnall Law can provide an informed perspective about the general value of your accident claim from having negotiated numerous settlements. Don’t accept any offer without consulting with an experienced lawyer to discuss whether the offer is reasonable in light of the injury you sustained.
The attorneys at Parnall Law represent clients with broken bone injury claims on a contingency fee basis. Our attorneys only charge a legal fee if we are successful in securing money for you through a negotiated insurance settlement or a jury award. If our attorney is successful, then Parnall Law collects an agreed-upon percentage of the amount obtained as payment for our legal fee and expenses.
Contact an Albuquerque Bone Fracture Injury Lawyer
The accident lawyers at Parnall Law Firm, LLC advocate for the rights of injured individuals throughout the Albuquerque area. If you suffered a bone fracture or other injury, you may have a claim against the motorist that was responsible for causing the crash. We can help you take legal action and pursue damages for your broken bones, such as hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our law firm has the resources and commitment to fight an insurance company’s lawyers and pursue your claim to a successful resolution. While we cannot guarantee results, we will work aggressively to make things right for you.
Please call us today at 505-207-0144 for an initial consultation with a broken bones injury lawyer at no cost. You can also fill out our online form.
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