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Fractures Following An Accident or Medical Malpractice in Miami
A severe fracture is among the most serious injuries that a person can suffer and live. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, over 800K patients are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often resulting in a hip fracture or head injury. Overall, 3M older adults a year visit emergency departments for fall injuries. Fractures from car accidents are generally more serious than fractures from falls due to the impact forces that hit a person’s body. In many cases, people who suffer from bone fracture in an auto accident require surgery. There are also some situations where a medical professional's negligence can cause bone fractures or significant, life-long fractures complications.
Bones are rigid, yet flexible enough to withstand stress, but the force from an accident can easily cause them to crack or split. There are many types of fracture injuries, but the most common ones are:
Displaced and non-displaced fractures:Displaced fractures occur when the bone breaks into two or several parts, displaces from its original location and its two ends are no longer aligned; Non-displaced fractures occur when the bone cracks, but does not move and remains aligned.
Compound or open fractures: In these types of injuries, there is an open wound at the sight of the fracture, usually caused by violent trauma. Most often, the broken bone breaks the skin. This is a very dangerous type of fracture because it exposes the injury site to bacterial infections.
Other fracture types:Hairline. This is a small crack in the bone that occurs in leg or foot bones; Transverse. This injury can be the result of a direct blow, occurs perpendicular to the long part of the bone, and repairing it likely requires surgery; Oblique. An impact to the bone at an angle - most commonly in long bones, such as the thigh bone or the upper arm bone - can cause an oblique fracture with a curved or angled pattern; Comminuted. This injury occurs when the force of a high-impact accident causes a bone to shatter into three or more pieces; Impacted. This fracture occurs when the force of injury brakes the bone and jams together the broken ends of the bone.
If you sustained a fracture or other injuries in an accident in Miami, compensation may be available to relieve the burden of medical expenses and other hardships that you have endured. The dedicated Miami fracture injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can get you the compensation you deserve during this difficult time.
Fracture Injury Cases We Handle & Investigate in Miami & Florida
Numerous accidents can lead to broken bones or fractures. Some of the most common causes of fracture injuries include:
Motor vehicle accidents, specifically, car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. When a person involved in a car accident suffers fractures, these are not minor injuries and will always require medical attention and time to heal. Many people are unable to return to work while they recover from their injury. That is why compensation will almost always include loss of wages. Fractures of the hands and wrists are common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. These injuries occur when the rider tries to save his or her face with hands. The side effect is that the whole impact comes in these body parts. The rider can also suffer hips or pelvis fractures.
Pedestrian being struck by a motor vehicle. Pedestrians are prone to suffering significant traumatic injuries when they are hit by a car, a truck, or another motorized vehicle. Injuries include trauma to the spinal cord and the long bones of the lower extremities, such as femur fractures. If you have experienced broken bones in the past, you know that these injuries can seriously impact your quality of life.
Acts of violence, including assault and battery. Broken bone injuries may occur as a result of misconduct, for example, assaults or other acts of violence. Typical battery injuries include the following broken and fractured bones: forehead, nose, jaw, eye socket, ribs, and hands.
Slip, trip and fall accidents due to unsafe property conditions. These accidents can include falls in stores, from a high place, from the stairway and escalator, and nursing home falls due to another's negligence. Many bone fractures occur because of the negligence of a property owner who failed to maintain a property in a safe condition. More than a quarter of the nursing home residents that visit emergency rooms are injured in falls. Falls can cause fractures and lead to infirmity, loss of independence and changes in the quality of life.
Accidents on construction sites. Serious injuries can be caused by slips and falls, falling objects, equipment malfunctions, and vehicle collisions. The severity of the injury depends on how substantial the bodily impact was. In minor cases, the bones are still in the proper position, but often, fractures from a construction accident involve complications, such as the bone breaking through the skin or shattering into many smaller pieces.
Boating, jet ski, yacht, or ATV accidents. These accidents can lead to fractures that can result in serious bodily harm and end up costing the injured individuals thousands of dollars in medical expenses.
Defective drug medication. There is a strong association between several medications - such as osteoporosis medication or acid reflux medications using proton pump inhibitors - and an increased risk of fracture.
Medical malpractice. Failure to diagnose fractures is the most common malpractice incidence involving broken bones. Fractures can result from misreading an X-ray or improperly setting a healing bone. Failure to diagnose a broken bone can also breed long-term conditions or secondary health problems. Another instance of medical malpractice is when a medical professional causes injuries where none previously existed.
If you, or your loved one, have suffered a fracture injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need reliable legal counsel and representation. At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, our experienced fracture injury attorney focuses on helping individuals who have been seriously injured by the negligence of another. Find out how a bone fracture attorney may help with your financial recovery for your injuries. Call us today for a free initial consultation with a Miami broken bone injury lawyer. There are no costs or legal fees unless we obtain compensation for you.
Many people involved in accidents suffer broken bone trauma or injury. If the injuries are serious enough, they can leave individuals with permanent scars or disabilities. Some of the most common types of fractures resulting from accidents include:
These types of injuries usually occur when a person strikes the windshield or dashboard in a car crash, for example, when he or she is not properly buckled up at the time of the accident. Those who have sustained a fracture of the facial bones may suffer bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the injured area or disfigurement when the facial bones do not fuse properly.
Nose fracture. This type of fracture may cause the injured person to suffer nasal deformity and nosebleed. Fracture of the middle part of the nasal bone can also cause a fracture on the inside of the nose, exposing the person’s brain and causing a clear nasal discharge.
Fractured jaw. These fractures may cause the person to experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, bruising to the underside of the tongue, clear nasal discharge, visual problems and difficulty bringing the teeth together.
Cheekbone fractures. Common symptoms of this injury include problems with jaw movement, flatness of the cheek, blood in the eye on the affected side or vision problems, and changed sensation in the affected area.
Skull fracture. These fractures can occur when the person is ejected from the vehicle or when the car is crushed from the top. The chances of concussions or brain laceration injuries are very high when parts of the bone push on the brain tissue.
Orbital fractures. A large orbital fracture can cause the eyes to appear sunken in. Those who suffer an orbital fracture may also experience altered sensation around the injured eye and double vision.
Temporomandibular joint dislocation. The injured person may have a jaw that is out of line and may not be able to close his or her mouth.
People instinctually use their hands to protect from an impact, but in the process, they may suffer upper extremity fractures, such as a fracture on the outstretched arm or a dislocated shoulder.
Hand fractures. Broken bones in the hand can be caused by direct trauma during the impact of the crash. Boxer’s fracture, a common type of injury suffered in car crashes, occurs in the metacarpal bones and affects drivers who held on to the steering wheel during the impact. Treatment may consist of immobilization, surgery, and medication.
Wrist fractures. The wrist joint is made up of eight bones that can become fractured in a crash. Fractures in the wrist can occur when a person braces for an oncoming impact by holding on to the dash or steering wheel.
Arm fractures. Fractures in the arm can also occur when a person braces for a forceful impact.
Clavicle fracture. These injuries to the collar bone can be very painful and may result in limited motion of the arm and shoulder for months.
When high impact front or rear-end crashes affect the bones of the ribs, serious fractures can happen. Rib fractures are often hard to diagnose without an X-ray. Some serious types of rib fractures are the ones where the bone snaps into two or more parts and moves, as they can cause penetrating wounds in the lung and lead to pneumothorax or compression of the lungs. Pneumonia can also accompany a rib fracture. Fractured ribs have to heal on their own, cannot be put in a cast and require rest to heal. Some other common treatment options are the use of respiratory devices, ice treatment, pain killers, and anti-inflammatory medication.
These types of spine injuries range in severity from mild pain and discomfort to debilitating damage and may even cause lifelong problems because they affect spinal nerves and the spinal cord itself. Spinal fractures can occur anywhere along the spinal column. If the broken bones dislocate or swell, they can cause damage to the spinal cord, and even lead to paralysis. The injured person may require ventilator support when the damage causes breathing difficulties.
Thoracic spine injuries are the most serious of all back injuries. Fractures and sprains in the upper back or thoracic spine are caused by high-speed accidents and often lead to permanent nerve damage, paraplegia, and bowel and bladder dysfunction.
An accident can lead to a variety of broken bones in the lower extremities, depending on the force of the impact and the position of the legs. The person involved in an accident can suffer hip, midshaft femur, knee, ankle, and foot fractures.
Hip fracture. These types of fractures can be very complicated as they almost always require surgery to heal and a long recovery. An elderly person with a hip fracture may end up in a wheelchair.
Pelvis fracture. These fractures occur in motorcycle accidents, but they can also happen in car accidents, especially in cases of ejection from the vehicle. Stable fractures with the bone fragments in place may only require pain management. However, unstable fractures may require surgery.
Femur fracture. These fractures are usually very painful, can be difficult to repair and may take a considerable amount of time to heal.
Knee fracture. A knee fracture can have varying degrees. A kneecap fracture can happen at the top, center, or bottom or in more than one area. They are generally caused by a direct blow. Symptoms include bruising, swelling, inability to walk or straighten the leg. Depending on the severity and location, surgery may be required. Underlying bone fractures or the breakdown of joint cartilage can cause osteoarthritis, a common form of joint disease.
Tibia and fibula fracture. The lower leg is made up of two long bones – the tibia and fibula. The tibia is a triangular-shaped bone and carries the weight of your body. The fibula attaches the ankle and knee to the outside of the tibia. If the larger tibia bone becomes fractured, the smaller fibula will likely fracture as well. However, the reverse may not be true. One of the most commonly reported injuries includes fracture of the lower bone at the ankle and the smaller bone at the knee.
Fractures from car crashes, motorcycle accidents, and slip and fall accidents can be mild or extremely serious injuries. But no matter the severity, broken bones can be very painful and have long recovery periods. They also cost more to repair than you may expect, while you may be forced to miss work and lose out on wages when you need the money most to pay for medical care. More serious bone fractures may require surgery, physical therapy, and a lengthy recovery.
Some people may, unfortunately, experience fracture complications, such as nerve and muscle damage, infection, malunion, nonunion, and fat embolism syndrome. Complications could lead, in the worst-case scenario, to amputation, or, in other cases, to loss of function, long-term pain, and the need for additional surgery.
The exact treatment that a person will need when facing bone fractures depends on their severity, as well as where on the body the injury is located. At The Law Offices of San M. Cleary, we will help you seek full damages for past and future costs related to your fracture.
We prepare your case by reviewing medical records that document your fracture and treatment. Additionally, we gather exhibits that can serve as powerful evidence of the seriousness of your fracture, such as:
Tests results, for example, from X-ray and MRI
Your cast, splint or brace
Any rods, pins, screws and metal plates used in your treatment
A cane, walker, wheelchair or any other assistive devices
This evidence can be used when seeking a settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance company or when presenting your case in court.
What Can You Recover After Sustaining Fractures in an Accident?
If you have suffered a fracture injury and it was caused by another party's negligence, you are legally entitled to claim compensation for the full value of your damages. To start, our experienced Miami fracture injury attorney will help you compile all evidence that you need to establish liability in your case. Then, we will carefully document your damages, so that you can maximize your financial recovery.
Monetary compensation may be available in your case for both economic and non-economic losses. Among other things, our lawyer can help you recover money for:
Past, present and future medical bills
Ongoing medical treatment
Pain and suffering
Lost enjoyment of life
Modifications to your home or vehicle
Housekeeping and home maintenance
Bone fractures may require long recovery time, that is why your compensation needs to include all costs incurred as a result of the accident. Insurance companies may try to minimize the effects of a fracture on your health and quality of life to avoid making a fair payout. However, we can stand up for you so that you are fully compensated for your losses after an accident in Miami.
How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help You in a Fracture Injury Case?
Fracture injury cases can be complex, especially as you are in pain and not sure as to how much of your case is actionable. An experienced attorney understands how overwhelming the situation can be for you.
The skilled Miami personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary has years of experience in fracture injury cases and knows what will increase your odds of receiving the compensation you are entitled to.
Contact us today to discuss your options. We believe in working as efficiently as possible to resolve our clients’ cases. We know that broken bones injuries can wreak havoc on your body and life.
We want to help you to move forward as quickly as possible and with full and fair compensation for the harm that you have suffered. To learn more about our approach to personal injury cases and to discuss how we can help after you have suffered a fracture due to another person’s negligence, call or reach us online today. We serve clients in Miami and throughout the rest of Florida. Our initial consultations are always free.