Broken bones and fractures are some of the most common injuries sustained by individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and slip-and-falls. Although breaks and fractures are relatively common injuries, they are painful injuries that may require surgery and a lengthy recovery, including physical therapy. While these types of injuries usually heal over time, broken bones and fractures sometimes lead to long-lasting complications and constant pain.
Whether you suffered a broken bone or fracture in a serious car accident or slip-and-fall, the recovery process can be difficult and result in extensive medical treatment and hefty medical bills. Additionally, victims of fractures and broken bones may be forced to miss work, temporarily or permanently, resulting in further collateral consequences. The situation becomes even more difficult when one’s injuries are suffered at the hands of another’s negligence or recklessness.
If you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone or fracture in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. If you are in Massachusetts, our skilled and experienced Massachusetts personal injury attorneys at Riccio Law will fight for your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Broken Bones and Fractures Under Massachusetts Law
A small break or fracture in one’s foot or hand can be minor and may only require a cast or walking boot for a short period of time. However, more serious breaks and fractures, such as a broken femur or broken back/vertebrae, will involve a lengthy recovery process and could result in permanent injury or complications. Whether injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or slip-and-fall, there are a number of various breaks and fractures that one can sustain.
Common Causes and Types of Broken Bones & Fractures
- a) Stable fracture – the broken ends of the bone are lined up, well positioned, and “stable.” No realignment is required.
- b) Compound fracture – the broken bone penetrates the skin or the force causes an open wound when the fracture happens. With a compound fracture, the bone is exposed and at risk of infection, which may require surgery.
- c) Transverse fracture – the bone breaks horizontally, effectively at a right angle.
- d) Comminuted fracture – the bone breaks into more than two pieces. A comminuted fracture can be open or closed. Open fractures can lead to further complications.
- e) Oblique fracture – the broken bone or fracture is angled, usually diagonally. Oblique fractures are fairly common and often occur in the femur and tibia.
Fractures and broken bones can happen to various parts of the body, including wrist, foot and ankle fractures, leg fractures, toe and finger fractures, neck fractures, fractured vertebrae, skull fractures, hip fractures, a fractured pelvis, and broken ribs.
Some of the more common accidents leading to broken bones and fractures are car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and slip-and-falls. Nursing home accidents, construction site accidents, daycare center accidents, snow & ice accidents, and elevator & escalator accidents sometimes lead to broken bones and fractures, as well.
Depending on the severity, broken bones and fractures can have serious long-term health consequences beyond the initial injury. Interference with bone growth, nerve and blood vessel damage, bone infections, joint pain, hypersensitivity to cold and wet weather, and arthritis are all potential complications from broken bones and fractures. Because of the many issues that can arise after fracturing or breaking a bone, it is crucial to work with a skilled personal injury attorney to help get you the necessary compensation for present and permanent injuries.
Recovering Damages for Massachusetts Broken Bones and Fractures
In Massachusetts, damages are not limited to reimbursement of medical bills and expenses. Damages may include compensation for physical and emotional pain & suffering, lost wages or future earning capacity, scarring, and loss of function of body parts.
Because of the potential complications that may arise while recovering from a fracture or broken bone, settling a case too early may limit a plaintiff’s recoverable damages. An experienced personal injury lawyer will understand, based on the location and severity of the fracture, whether to pursue an early settlement or wait and file a personal injury lawsuit before the expiration of the statute of limitations.
Contact a Massachusetts Broken Bones and Fractures Injury Attorney
Despite being relatively common injuries, broken bones and fractures are painful and may require a lengthy recovery process, including surgery, rehabilitation, and therapy. Recovering from these injuries often leads to expensive medical bills and may involve unforeseen complications. Working with an experienced Massachusetts personal injury attorney will help a plaintiff recover damages for present day injuries and potential future complications.
If you or a loved one suffered a broken bone or fracture due to an individual or a company’s negligence, contact us at Riccio Law. We will use every available resource to help you get the compensation you need and deserve. Contact our offices today to schedule a free consultation, discuss your legal rights and learn more about our services.