There is no specific amount that a person should expect to receive if they break a bone in a car accident or other accident. This is because a lot depends on what bone was broken, the type of broken bone, and the medical care needed to treat the broken bone. Keep reading to learn about the difference between various types of broken bones then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to speak to a Fresno personal injury attorney who can help you.
Understanding What “Broken” and “Fractured” Mean
It is common for people to believe that using the term fracture vs break relates to how serious the injury was. This is false. It is exactly the same thing to break a bone as it is to fracture it. Both involve a bone snapping or giving out when under pressure. Different bones give out under different amounts of pressure. For example, a finger is much more likely to break than the femur.
The Definition of Common Broken Bones
Some of the most common types of bone fractures that occur in accidents include:
- Open fractures. This involves a broken bone penetrating through the skin.
- Pathological fracture. When a bone was weakened by a previous accident or disease and then breaks, this break is called a pathological break.
- Stress fracture. When an acute event, like a car accident, breaks a bone it is referred to as a stress fracture.
- Avulsion fracture. This type of break involves a bone that is broke in a place where either a ligament or tendon attaches to the bone.
- Compression fracture. One of the most serious types of breaks, a compression fracture involves a spine that is squashed to a smaller height.
Note that it is entirely possible for a broken bone to fit into more than one of these categories. For example, you could have an open fracture that is also a stress fracture. Your doctor will give you specific details on the type of break you have and how it should be treated.
Work with an Attorney Who Can Help You Find the Best Way Forward
If you have suffered a broken bone in an accident, and that accident was at least partially the fault of another party, then you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. This could cover the cost of your past and future medical bills, help you with lost income, and provide financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
The next step is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We are ready to find you the best way forward and look forward to assisting you in making the right choice on how to proceed.