When it comes to injuries that result in long-term consequences, there are few as serious as fractured vertebrae. While some of these injuries can be healed and the victim can go on to live life very similar to how they lived before the accident, others experience serious, long-term complications. You can read on to learn about both situations and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation.
Broken Spinal Bones Are One of the Most Serious Injuries a Person Can Experience
One of the most serious of all injuries is a fractured vertebra. This is just another term for a broken spinal bone. If the spine is injured, you can count on long-term complications for most people. This can include an impact on how a person can get around combined with chronic pain. The most common areas of broken vertebrae are:
- The lower back (lumbar region)
- Middle of the back Thoracic region)
It could be that both areas of the spine are injured in these accidents.
There Are Risks Beyond the Fractured Vertebrae
It may seem that the risk of fractured vertebrae is enough but it is not the only risk. There can also be severe damage to the spinal cord. The result of this type of injury includes paralysis and death. It also increases the chance that a person is going to need surgery, rehab, a brace, or – most likely – a combination of these types of treatments.
A broken vertebra can also lead to a variety of complications. Infections can occur, uncontrollable bleeding can be an issue, and the person can leak spinal fluid. These complications can affect a person physically, emotionally, and financially.
How to Get Compensation for Damages in an Accident
When a person suffers damages in an accident, and someone else’s negligence caused that accident, then the at-fault party may be held responsible for those damages. For example, if the victim was involved in a car accident and suffered a fractured vertebra, they may be eligible for compensation related to their injuries, property damage, and more.
Even if a person is partially at fault for their own accident, they can still seek damages. In that case, the judge or jury would determine the percentages of fault. The person that won the award or settlement would then have the money they were awarded reduced by their percentage of fault. For example, a person found 25% at fault who won a $100,000 jury award would receive only $75,000.
If you are ready to find out if your accident makes you eligible for help with your medical costs, lost wages, and more, then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. We can go over the basics and answer the questions you have.