Hartford Car Accident Broken Bone Lawyer

A doctor looking at an X-ray of a patient whose arm is in a cast.Broken bones are never an easy thing to deal with. Even the simplest of fractures can cause immense pain, and the smallest of cracks can be weaknesses that lead to breaks when sufficient force is applied.

And rarely is the human body exposed to forces as strenuous and dangerous as those present during a serious car accident. Twisted metal and several tons of carbon fiber, glass, and steel can easily bend, snap, and even crush bone.

These levels of physical stress can easily end a person’s life, but just because a person survives such a traumatic event doesn’t mean their troubles end there.

Depending on the severity of the injuries, a car accident victim’s day-to-day can turn into a lifetime of pain spent adapting to acquired disabilities. Paralysis is common, as motor vehicle accidents have historically been a leading cause of broken backs and, thus, spinal cord injuries in the US.

Besides paralysis, the most serious of broken bone injuries can end in disfigurements and amputations. There is hope, however, in the fact that when treated, most broken bone injuries heal.

The only problem is getting the money to get the treatment you need. To this end, Bert McDowell Injury Law recommends you turn to one of our Hartford car accident broken bone lawyers.

What Can a Hartford Car Accident Broken Bone Attorney Do?

When you work with a Hartford car accident broken bone attorney from Bert McDowell Injury Law, you gain a representative who prioritizes your rights throughout your struggle for fair compensation. You gain an asset who can ensure your interests are protected.

Here is what they can do for you:

  • Calculating Your Damages: Your attorney can account for all your losses, from economic damages, such as actual medical expenses and lost income, to less tangible non-economic damages, such as your pain and suffering. They will ensure to include everything that the insurance company might not.
  • Investigation and Evidence Gathering: Of course, listing down damages doesn’t mean you will be reimbursed for all of them; you need to back your claim with evidence. Your lawyer will undertake an investigation, just like the insurance adjuster assigned to your case, with the difference being they have your interests in mind, ensuring you get a fair offer from the insurance company.
  • Negotiation With the Insurance Company: It’s extremely uncommon for the insurance company to offer a fair amount when making a first offer for your losses. A car accident broken bone lawyer with competent negotiation skills will be able to engage with the insurer for this complex back-and-forth process, potentially securing you three to four times what you could without legal representation.
  • Filing a Lawsuit: Sometimes, however, negotiations fall through, and the parties are unable to come to an agreement that satisfies everyone involved. The insurance company might be willing to live with not giving you the amount you want, but in this case, your lawyer might decide to file a lawsuit in an attempt to get the courts to compel them to make a fair offer.
    • Keep in mind that lawsuits rarely ever make it to a trial; most of the time, the threat of a lawsuit is enough to make opposing parties more amenable to a settlement. This is because the investment of resources, including time and money, is often not worth any outcome to an insurance provider.
    • That said, if your case does make it to trial, your lawyer will do their duty to win for you. They will continue to build an airtight case, making sure all your evidence lines up with your claim in order to maximize the amount you can get.

That’s not all an attorney can offer you, but this summary gives you an idea of the advantages you can secure for yourself when you are in need of recovery after a serious car accident.

Types of Broken Bone Injuries

Broken bone injuries, more commonly known as fractures, are categorized in different ways depending on the characteristics of the damage. As such, each injury can be considered a different type under each of these categories.

Most commonly, fractures are classified based on skin involvement, the pattern of the break, their stability, or the mechanisms that caused them. While not an exhaustive list of all classification systems, these are the ones most often referred to.

Based on Skin Involvement

There are two types of fractures based on skin involvement: open and closed fractures.

Open fractures are also called compound fractures. These occur when the bone pierces the skin and is exposed to the outside.

These fractures are extremely painful, as the bone penetrates multiple innervated tissues. More importantly, open fractures pose an increased risk of infection than closed fractures due to exposure to unsterile environments.

Closed fractures, on the other hand, are also called simple fractures and occur when the skin remains intact, covering the broken bone. There may still be tissue damage, such as to the muscles or other internal organs, on account of shards of the broken bone, though the risk of infection is often lower than open fractures.

This type of injury is usually less life-threatening than the former. However, there are cases where simple fractures can be more dangerous, such as when a broken rib threatens to pierce vital organs.

Based on Fracture Pattern

There are five types of fractures according to the pattern of the break. These are greenstick, transverse, oblique, spiral, and comminuted fractures.

  • Greenstick Fractures: These injuries are defined by a partial break where the bone bends but doesn’t completely separate into pieces. Greenstick fractures are more common among children than adults due to the flexibility of bones during the body’s early development.
  • Transverse Fractures: Transverse fractures are breaks that run directly across the bone shaft. These often occur when force is applied suddenly and directly perpendicular to the bone, but can also be done intentionally in some medical procedures such as amputations.
  • Oblique Fractures: These occur when a break runs diagonally across the bone. Oblique fractures are closely related to transverse fractures, with the exception of the direction of force that causes them.
  • Spiral Fractures: The pattern of this type of fracture is a twisting spiral around the shaft of the bone. This pattern may or may not mean the bone has been separated into multiple pieces.
  • Comminuted Fractures: This is a complete shattering of a section of bone into several smaller pieces. This is the most difficult type of fracture to repair, sometimes with no possibility of complete recovery.

Based on Stability

Stability in terms of broken bone injuries means the position of the ends of the bone. This system categorizes fractures as either stable or displaced.

Stable fractures are ones where the ends of the bone are still aligned with each other, with little to no significant movement. This allows for easier healing and less medical intervention, occasionally allowing injuries as serious as comminuted fractures a better chance of total recovery.

Displaced fractures, on the other hand, are characterized by misaligned bones that have moved out of place. As one would expect, these take a greater degree of intervention to properly heal than stable fractures.

This classification describes the current state of the injury. A currently displaced fracture can stabilize and vice versa, such as during transportation to a medical facility.

Based on Mechanism

The application of force that causes an injury can also be used to classify fractures. Avulsion, compression, and stress fractures, for example, are specific types of broken bone injuries that all give an impression of how the damage was sustained.

  • Avulsion Fractures: These happen when a piece of bone is pulled away by force exerted by strong muscles or tendons. The body normally has limiters to prevent this for its own safety, but it has been known to happen during life-threatening situations when the body disables these limiters, risking injury to provide the strength necessary to fight or flee.
  • Compression Fractures: Sometimes, bones can collapse in on themselves in a compression fracture. These injuries are common among the elderly due to the prevalence of osteoporosis, especially in the vertebrae.
  • Stress Fractures: These are hairline cracks caused by repetitive and chronic stress applied on a bone. Stress fractures are common in athletes as a natural result of intensive training encouraging the body to rebuild the bone stronger than before; that said, they can occasionally worsen before the body repairs the damage and may lead to a full break in the event of trauma such as from a car crash.

We at Bert McDowell Injury Law Are Your Hartford Car Accident Broken Bone Law Firm

When you’ve sustained broken bones from a car accident, call Bert McDowell Injury Law. Attorney Bert McDowell is a proven lead lawyer with a penchant for hard work and a seasoned veteran in personal injury claims, and we are here to fight for you.

Our experience in car accident cases allows us to provide the Hartford community with excellent, client-centric service. Since our founding, we have secured tens of millions of dollars for our clients, and we continue to take pride in doing so today.

Contact us today and get started on your journey to recovery with a free case evaluation. Call us at (203) 633-7449 and Bring On Bert!