Chicago Broken Bones Lawyer
Broken bones are one of the most frequent reasons for injury hospitalization each year in the United States. They can be caused by traumatic events such as slip and falls, being struck by or against an object, motor vehicle accidents, and repetitive stress injuries. Recovering from this type of injury can mean losing time from work, not being able to engage in everyday activities and having to rely on friends and family to get around while you heal.
If you or a family member suffered a bone fracture or fractures because of an accident, you may be worried about mounting medical bills in addition to just trying to heal physically and get your life back to normal. If your accident was caused by the negligence, recklessness, or intentional action of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. Illinois law allows you to potentially recover payment of your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and loss of normal life.
The experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers at Staver Law Group can review the details of your injuries to help determine whether you may have a claim for financial compensation. We can help investigate your accident, gather the evidence you’ll need to support your claim, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Types of Bone Fractures
Bones can break in any number of ways, from small cracks known as hairline fractures to the multiple snaps of a compound fracture. Accident victims may suffer any of a number of different types of bone fractures, depending on the circumstances of the collision. These may include:
- Hairline Fracture — A small crack in the bone. You may not initially notice this type of fracture.
- Simple Fracture — When the bone breaks but the skin remains intact.
- Compound Fracture — A broken bone that breaks the skin. This also may be known as an open fracture. This type of fracture typically requires surgery to correct and presents a risk of infection because of the open wound.
- Avulsion Fracture — A break that involves a piece of the bone, or a tendon or ligament, pulling away from the bone. This may require surgery to correct.
- Greenstick or Buckle Fracture — These two types of fractures are more common in children, whose bones are softer. They involve part of the bone bending or buckling but not breaking entirely.
- Transverse Fracture — This is when a bone breaks across the surface, snapping into two pieces.
- Oblique Fracture — A diagonal break that usually happens when one bone twists over another one. This type of fracture is not common but can happen in a crash.
- Comminuted Fracture — When a bone breaks into multiple pieces or is crushed.
Common Bone Injuries Seen in Car Accidents
Broken bones are particularly common in auto accidents because of the force of the impact. Someone who’s been in a serious traffic accident, or struck by a car while walking or biking can sustain multiple bone fractures and some types of bone injuries are more common than others in motor vehicle crashes.
When it comes to broken bones, these are the types most often associated with traffic collisions:
- Neck and Spine Fractures — When the vertebrae that protect your spinal cord in your back and neck are fractured, damage can be very serious and cause problems that last for years or even for the rest of your life. You may experience significant pain, numbness, or partial or complete paralysis.
- Facial and Skull Fractures — When the bones in your face or skull break, you can suffer damage to your brain or disfigurement that is painful both physically and emotionally.
- Limb Fractures — Broken arms and legs are painful and may affect your ability to walk, move, or perform daily tasks. Bones are usually weaker after a fracture, even when they heal. You might find with an arm or leg fracture that you can no longer participate in sports or hobbies that you once found pleasurable. You might even end up with one leg shorter than the other after a leg fracture.
- Hip and Pelvis Fractures — A broken hip or pelvis likely will mean use of a wheelchair while you recover, and recovery is usually lengthy.
- Rib Fractures — Broken ribs may cause you pain when you do ordinary things like move your torso, laugh, cough, or even breathe.
- Wrist and Ankle Fractures — Broken wrist and ankle bones can take a long time to heal. A broken ankle can affect your ability to walk and move, while a wrist fracture may prevent you from performing ordinary tasks such as lifting a jug of milk or typing on a computer.
Contact an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
Of the 6 million broken bones that occur each year, 300,000 of those are either slow to heal or do not heal at all with standard forms of treatment. Broken bones are excruciating, serious, and can take a very long time to heal. Bone injuries can require expensive surgery to correct and often involve rehab or doing physical therapy.
When you’ve suffered a broken bone or fracture because of another person’s negligent or reckless actions, contact the lawyers at Staver Law Group for help. We can help negotiate with insurance companies or other responsible parties to reach a fair settlement or take your case in front of a jury if necessary. Let us put our resources, skills, and knowledge to work for you while you focus on healing. We will fight tirelessly to secure the compensation you deserve with the goal of helping you move forward with your life.