Broken bones are some of the most common injuries that you can suffer in an accident. Just because they are common, though, does not mean that broken bones or fractures are minor injuries that are easy to overcome. In fact, many of the worst breaks are complex enough to require surgery and severe enough to warrant months or even years of physical therapy to get you back on your feet.
If you have been hurt by someone else's negligence or poor conduct in Baltimore and suffered a broken bone from the incident, the personal injury lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian can help you recover by fighting for the compensation you need and deserve.
Types of Broken Bones
Out of all of the kinds of injuries that you can suffer in an accident, broken bones are among the most common. This is because you can break a bone in a huge variety of circumstances, any one of which can be present in many of the most common types of accidents.
There are, however, certain types of accidents that lead to certain types of broken bones:
- Bike accidents and broken wrists. If you are a cyclist when you are involved in a bike accident with a motor vehicle, or take a spill on an unsafe road condition or from a defect in your bike, odds are that you will suffer a significant wrist injury from your natural reaction to throw your hand out to break your fall. Unfortunately, this reaction often leads to a broken or fractured wrist as the force of the impact with the ground is often too much for your wrist to take.
- Motorcycle accidents and broken legs. Motorcyclists in Baltimore are left largely unprotected in wrecks with other cars or trucks on the road. This is particularly true in motorcycle collisions where the impact comes from the biker's side. In these cases, not only is there nothing in between a biker's leg and an incoming fender; there is also the bulk of the bike on the other side of the rider's leg. With such a hard impact pinning a biker's leg to their motorcycle, broken legs, femurs, knees, ankles, and feet are common.
- Car accidents and broken noses. A strange, seemingly trivial, but also very common bone to break during a car accident is your nose. Drivers and passengers in the front seat of cars that are involved in a crash have to deal with the airbag. In some crashes, the impact of the airbag is the worst that these occupants will experience, and broken noses are not uncommon outcomes.
- Slip and falls and broken hands. People who are walking or minding their own business while on someone else's property can fail to notice a dangerous condition on the ground. If they get tripped up or slip on that hazard, they can fall to the ground so suddenly that they throw their hands out in an instinctual attempt to protect themselves in the fall. Just like cyclists getting hurt in a crash, though, this can cause serious injuries to your hands or wrists. In slip and fall cases, though, the broken bones are more likely to end up in your hands than your wrists because of the relative lack of impact.
Of course, there are numerous other ways for you to suffer a broken bone in an accident. Some of these injuries can even be far more severe, like a broken back or neck.
Compensation for Broken Bones
If you are involved in an accident – no matter what type of accident – and suffer a broken bone, you deserve to be reimbursed for your losses if you were not the one who caused the accident. Expecting you to pay for your own losses when you were an innocent victim would be unfair.
Realizing this, the personal injury law in Maryland requires the negligent person who caused an accident to compensate victims for the injuries that their poor conduct created. This compensation goes beyond just the medical expenses that you have incurred from the broken bone and aims to rectify all of the negative impacts that the accident put into your life, including:
- Lost wages. Your recovery from a broken bone, even a simple one that needed only setting, a cast, and some recovery time, likely kept you out of work for a substantial period of time. Especially if you work in a physically demanding job, a broken bone can keep you out of work, or working in a less demanding – and lower paying role – for quite some time.
- Lost earning capacity. If the broken bone that you suffered in the accident is serious, it can debilitate you for years to come. In some cases, it can prevent you from making a living at all. This lost capacity to earn income can be compensated in a successful personal injury case.
- Pain and suffering. Were it not for the other person's negligence, you would not have been put through the physical pain and mental suffering of a broken bone. In many cases, these are not trivial matters – broken femurs, common in motorcycle accidents, are some of the most painful injuries you can suffer. You deserve compensation for these terrible experiences because you did not cause the accident.
Gilman & Bedigian: Baltimore's Personal Injury Lawyers
Being hurt in an accident in Baltimore is incredibly frustrating if you were not the one to cause it. The injuries you are left with can make you feel powerless like your life was just ruined because someone else could not be bothered to behave reasonably. Now the financial tolls of your injuries are becoming apparent, and it just rubs salt into the wound.
This is where the personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian can help. With our legal representation, you can rest assured that everything is being done to get you the compensation you need to recover from the accident and that you deserve to receive. Contact us online to get started on your case.