Americans break more than 6 millions bones every year. Many of those broken bones are the result of accident-related trauma. Slips and falls, car accidents, and bicycle accident are among the leading causes of broken bones in San Diego. If you have suffered a broken bone in a San Diego accident you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Citywide Law Group to find out how our attorneys can help you maximize your financial award. We offer a free consultation, so do not hesitate to call for help today.
Causes of Broken Bones in San Diego
Broken bones, which are also known as fractures, typically occur when our bodies sustain more force than we can absorb. Fractures can result from one single blow, repeated blows, sustained and continued force, or unnatural twisting.
You are at an increased risk of suffering a broken bone or fracture when you are involved in an accident. Accidents that often result in broken bones include:
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accident
- Dog bites
- Elder Abuse
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Recreational vehicle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and Fall accidents
- Defective products
- Swimming pool accidents, and more.
Our bones become more susceptible to fractures as we age. Bone density, which refers to how strong our bones are, improves throughout our young adult lives. Women experience a peak in bone density in their early 30s. Men experience a peak in bone density later on in their 40s. Bone density declines steadily once this peak has been achieved. The likelihood of suffering a broken bone increases significantly once bone density begins to deteriorate. This is why elderly individuals are most at risk of suffering a broken bone or fracture.
Your own personal health and wellbeing can affect your chances of suffering a broken bone. Studies find that you are more likely to suffer a fracture if you:
- Suffer from arthritis or osteoporosis
- Smoke or smoked as a young person, or
- Engage in high-risk and high-impact activities.
Age and health can increase the likelihood of suffering a broken bone. However, those factors can’t be used against you if you suffer a break in an accident. The person who caused your injury will be responsible for damages, regardless of whether or not you were more likely to suffer a fracture.
Common Types of Fractures
There are several different types of broken bone injuries. The type of broken bone injury you have will affect how much your case is worth and how long your recovery will probably take.
Common broken bone injuries include:
- Simple Fracture: Characterized by a slight fracture that does not cause the ends of the bone to shift.
- Hairline Fracture: A simple fracture characterized by a very narrow break. These can be difficult to identify through diagnostic tests.
- Transverse Fracture: Characterized by a fracture that goes straight across the bone.
- Oblique Fracture: Characterized by a diagonal or angled break in the bone.
- Compound Fracture: Characterized by a break in both the bone and the skin. The bone may be visible if you suffer a compound break.
- Greenstick Fracture: Occurs when part of the bone is fractured. A greenstick fracture will not cause a bone to split into more than one piece.
- Comminuted Fracture: Occurs when a single bone fractures into multiple pieces.
- Segmental Fracture: Characterized by two breaks in a single bone, causing it to split into three distinct segments. The middle segment appears to float between the other two.
- Avulsion Fracture: Occurs when force from muscles or ligaments attached to the bone cause it to break.
- Impacted Fracture: Occurs when a fractured piece of bone becomes lodged in another part of the bone.
- Intraarticular Fracture: Characterized by a break that extends into a joint.
Filing a Timely Broken Bone Injury Claim
Have you broken a bone? Is someone else to blame? You have the right to demand compensation. It’s important to act quickly. California limits the amount of time you have to file a claim for damages. In most cases, you will have two years from the date of your accident to seek damages. You will not be able to recover the money you deserve if you don’t file your claim before the statute of limitations expires.
What happens if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from filing a claim within two years? There are certain times when the amount of time you have to file a claim can be extended. You may have extra time to file a claim if:
- You were a minor at the time of the accident
- The person responsible for your injury can’t be found
- The person responsible for your injury is also facing criminal charges, or
- There was a reasonable delay in the discovery of your injury.
You can make sure that your claim is filed on time by calling a lawyer immediately after your San Diego accident. At Injury Trial Lawyers, APC, our legal team will make sure that you have the opportunity to fight for the money you deserve. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.
Damages Available to Broken Bone Victims
Broken bones can be expensive. Fortunately, you can request compensation if someone else is responsible for your injury. Our San Diego personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you get the money you deserve. We will pursue both economic and non-economic damages on your behalf.
Economic damages are paid to offset the financial costs of your accident and fracture. Receiving economic damages should help to put you back in the financial position you were in before the accident. Commonly awarded economic damages in broken bone injury cases include those for:
- Medical expenses
- Occupational therapy
- Lost wages, and
- Reduced earning capacity.
We work closely with experts to identify the extent of your economic damages. It’s important to consider both your costs today as well as costs you may experience in the future.
Non-economic damages are paid to help you cope with consequences of your injury that may not have direct financial costs. Since there is no set value for these harms, an award of non-economic damages will be unique to your specific case. Commonly awarded non-economic damages in broken bone injury cases include those for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, and
- Anxiety and depression.
Call our San Diego broken bone injury lawyers today to get started on your case. We’re here to help you recover the damages you deserve.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Will Help
Dealing with a broken bone injury can be stressful. The last thing you need to worry about is handling a personal injury case on your own. One of the best things you can do after your accident is hire an attorney to handle your case. At Injury Trial Lawyers, we handle all aspects of your personal injury claim and give you the time you need to focus on getting better.
Here’s what you can expect when you hire our San Diego broken bone injury lawyers:
- We’ll level the playing field and protect you from manipulative insurance companies.
- We’ll investigate your case, determine the cause(s), and identify all responsible parties.
- We’ll work with experts to make sure that your case and injury are valued properly.
- We’ll design a custom legal strategy that is designed to maximize your recovery.
- We’ll negotiate to get you a fair and reasonable settlement offer.
- We’ll take your case to court if you’re not satisfied with the offers you receive.
Our aggressive approach to your case will help you recover the money you deserve. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your free consultation. We’ll review your case, explain your legal options, and answer any questions you have.