Orange County Bone Fracture Attorneys
Everyone at some point has experienced or known someone who has suffered a bad bone break. You may think that they happen every day to a variety of people and that it is nothing to fuss about. You’d be right that broken bones are a common occurrence, but it can mean more than just a cast and some pain meds. Whether you have a broken wrist or a fractured hip, a broken bone can affect every aspect of your life, from your ability to work to how you sleep. If you live in Orange County, you will have to miss out on bike rides along Huntington or Newport Beach, give up on surfing for a while, and may even have trouble catching a game at Angel’s Stadium.
Whether due to carelessness or neglect, if another person is responsible for your broken bones, you do not deserve to lose wages and deal with medical expenses; you deserve compensation. Our Orange County bone injury attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie have handled multiple cases for victims of traumatic accidents and secured proper and fair compensation on our clients’ behalf. Call us at (949) 752-7474 to begin a thorough review of your case.
Any large amount of blunt force trauma can cause a fracture or break in a bone. When assessing personal injury claims, our team of attorneys has encountered broken bones caused by the following key events:
Falls: Whether your child slipped at a pool or you are an older individual who fell out of a nursing home bed, a fall can lead to a number of serious fractures. You may break your wrist while trying to catch yourself, push a vertebra in your spine out when you hit the floor, fracture your skull on a nearby piece of furniture, or crack your hip on the ground. If you are alone, you may be left immobilized or in pain for a long period of time until you can contact medical aid, or someone notices you are injured.
Vehicle Accidents: Broken bones are especially common for pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcycle riders who are struck by larger vehicles. Occupants of passenger vehicles are also at risk of fractures, such when an arm strikes the steering column, or a leg is crushed during a T-bone accident with a big-rig. Guests on boats or cruise ships are also prone to broken bones, especially among older travelers, if the captain is reckless and makes a sharp turn, causing occupants to fall against the deck or railing.
Violent Attacks: A mugging, assault, or robbery can all lead to traumatic injuries, broken bones being one of them. Often, you will reach out to local authorities for justice and, if the individual is caught, the criminal justice system may require them to make payments to you for injuries. However, punitive damages often do not account for all of your bills and damages. If you were assaulted at a store, apartment building, or parking lot where there is a high amount of criminal activity, you may be able to hold the property owner liable for negligent security.
We understand that a few weeks off work is not an option for most residents of Orange County. Few jobs offer more than three days of paid sick leave and even fewer can excuse an absence for more than a handful of days, even if you were in an accident. That can mean not only lost wages, but reduced shifts or total dismissal if you cannot continue working the same job. Most residents work paycheck to paycheck and have a difficult time finding new work immediately after being laid off, especially while they are still recovering from a broken bone. That is why our Orange County injury attorneys take these accidents very seriously and advocate for full compensation from at-fault parties to ensure that all of your medical bills are covered, but also any lost or potential wages are accounted for in a settlement offer so that you are able to make rent on time without any stress.
But sometimes a broken bone can mean more than a lost job. Common fractures require a cast, pain medication, and rest to ensure a full recovery. When the break is serious, however, there can also be rehabilitation to strengthen the muscles around the bone and protect against further breaks. For older individuals, broken bones can be extremely difficult to recover from and can severely impact their mobility. Often, this leads to a decreased life expectancy, according to a study published in the Journal for Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Broken legs can be the most difficult to heal and come with the most complications. A victim may experience chronic back pain if the bone is shortened after a break, nerve damage if the bone shears any nerve clusters, and arthritis. Fractures in the spine are also very dangerous, as they impact your mobility, flexibility, and put your nervous system at risk for infections.
Generally, a personal injury claim involving broken bones can include all past, present, and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity if you cannot continue with your job, medical equipment if you have limited mobility afterward, and any pain and suffering you experienced because of the accident. You may perceive a settlement as rather low when compared to more serious traumas like brain damage or spinal cord injuries, but it will ultimately depend on the extent of your injuries. If you suffered multiple broken bones when struck by a drunk driver, your medical bills and long-term losses will be significantly higher.
When you bring your case before our personal injury attorneys, we will take into account every cost you have suffered as a result of an individual’s reckless behavior. We will not only advocate for compensation for your financial losses, but also your personal losses, such as any pain you suffered as a result of an accident or a diminished quality of life, especially if you are an active OC swimmer, skateboarding, or construction worker.
No one wants to suffer a broken bone. It can take you away from your work, your hobbies, and limit your ability to spend time with friends and family. After a few days resting you will probably want to get back to work, but even a broken finger can make it difficult, if not painful. Or you are worried about missing a paycheck.
That is why it is so important to pursue the maximum compensation for any fractures or broken bones you have suffered at another’s hands. At Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, our Orange County personal injury attorneys understand just how frustrated or helpless you may feel after an accident, and that you only want fair treatment from an insurance company. When we take on your case, we will shoulder the majority of the legal burden and pursue proper compensation for your injuries so that you can focus on healing. Call us at (949) 752-7474 to schedule a free consultation and learn what your options are under the law.
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