BROKEN BONES AND FRACTURES AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
If you have been involved in a car accident, and suffered broken bones/fractures as a result, you have the right to file a claim for your damages. The fact that you have suffered these broken bones, coupled with the fact that the accident was not your fault, confirms that you are entitled to file a claim for compensation. However, all of the insurance companies want to minimize your claim as much as possible. You need a hard-working team of attorneys to fight for your rights right now.
The insurance companies do everything they can to make the process complicated, because they recognize that a lot of people don't want to get an attorney involved. They know that over 70% of car accident victims don't have a lawyer. They know that once an attorney takes a client's case, that case is likely to increase significantly in value. An experienced car accident lawyer knows all of the things that you are entitled to claim, whereas the insurance companies have no duty to explain this to an unrepresented party.
Blaszkow Legal has been fighting for our clients in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC for over 40 years! We advocate for you, to get you the compensation that you deserve. Call our office today for a free consultation, at 703-879-5910
Car accidents and fractures
Not all car accidents cause broken bones or other fractures. However, certain kinds of accidents are more likely to result in these kind of injuries, than others. Some of the kinds of motor vehicle collisions that more commonly result in broken bones include:
Car accidents involving extrication
What are the most common kinds of fractures?
Many people ask if there is a difference between a broken bone and a fracture. The answer is no. These both mean the same thing, and can range from just a hairline crack, to a complete severing of the bone. One is a more common term, whereas the other is the more medical term.
There are a few common types of fractures:
Hairline fracture, or partial: A hairline fracture is one where the bone is cracked, and it can be seen on an x-ray. However, the bone generally is still in alignment
Complete: A complete break or fracture is when the bone breaks into distinct sections, or more. Rather than the crack going only part of the way through the bone, it goes all the way.
Displaced: Displaced fractures are complete fractures, and there is a gap or opening between the two bone fragments.
Comminuted: A kind of fracture where there are pieces of the bone, sometime described as being shattered. However, the word shattering conjures up images of dozens and dozens of pieces, but that is not necessarily the case. Only a few fragments equate a comminuted fracture.
Compound: This is a very gruesome fracture in which one piece of bone punctures the skin, and is sticking out.
What is the treatment for broken bones after a car accident?
The presence of a fracture is revealed on an x-ray, and hairline fractures can be seen on CT scans. Some X-rays can be digitally enhanced as well. The treatment of a broken bone is determined by the Emergency Physician or Orthopedist who is handling the case. Sometimes the correction of the brake requires surgery, and sometimes not.
Minor fractures are sometimes treated with splinting and casting. This holds the bone in a specific alignment, it allows the body to heal.
During Surgical correction (performed by an Orthopaedic Surgeon), there are numerous procedures that can be performed. One of the most common is an ORIF, or open reduction internal fixation procedure. This is where the doctor goes into the body during surgery, and repositions all of the bone fragments as they need to be, and will sometimes placehHardware inside of the body. Hardware can include pins and screws and wire and other orthopedic appliances.
How long it takes you to recover from broken bones caused in a car accident, varies from patient to patient. Some patients are up and running in as little as four or six weeks, whereas others may take many months.
We have often seen that after surgery, the patient needs time to heal, and only then can physical therapy to regain lost functioning begin.
How a Virginia Car Accident Lawyer can help
If you have been involved in an automobile crash that was not your fault, you're going to be getting a lot of people that want to talk to you. The first people out of the gate who are going to be calling you and emailing you are insurance adjusters. Make no mistake, these people are very good at their job. They come off as very supportive and friendly. This is an act, because it is their job. An insurance adjusters primary duty is to use everything that you tell them to poke holes in your case. Insurance adjusters work for insurance companies. They answer to their shareholders, not to you.
The experienced car accident lawyers at Blaszkow Legal will help to protect you from these highly skilled people. They are good at their jobs, but we are better! We will stop them from speaking to you, and we will certainly not to let them take any statements that they may use against you later on. You should never speak to an insurance company without the benefit of a lawyer.
As soon as you hire us, we will begin investigating your case. We will begin working hard to prove how the accident happened, and that it was not your fault. This is extremely important. It is not enough to simply say it is not your fault. Virginia, like Maryland and DC, are contributory negligence states. That means if the insurance company is able to say that you are even 1% responsible for your accident, they will deny your claim.
We will also work hard to document your injuries to prepare the claim. We will make sure that all of the items that you can claim, are claimed. These include:
Time lost from work
Future lost wages
Future medical expenses
Pain and suffering
When you have been injured, and you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the consequences of this trauma, you need someone on your corner to both shield you, and a fight for you. Call Blaszkow Legal today for a free consultation, and get Justice with Joe! Call 703-879 5910 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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