Our firm knows that fractures and broken bones are among the most common serious injuries associated with accidents. Each year, more than six million people experience broken bones. While many stem from accidents, some can be attributed to the negligence of another party. In such instances, a personal injury claim may be necessary.
Successful treatment of a broken bone requires prompt medical care and plenty of rest. That care and rest can come at a high cost, especially if the injury requires long-term physical therapy or multiple surgeries. Nobody should be forced to bear the cost of injuries caused by someone else. To maximize the odds of a swift and complete recovery, seek the guidance of an experienced broken bones and fracture attorney.
Common Causes of Bone Fractures
Car accidents are among the leading causes of broken bones. Despite advances in automobile safety technology, our fragile bones are put at risk any time a crash occurs. In some cases, safety devices like seatbelts and airbags can exacerbate the forces placed on the human body in crash scenarios. When car crashes caused by someone else result in broken bones, the victim may have due cause for legal action.
Workplace accidents are another top cause of broken bones. When dropped products land on a worker, the resulting injuries can be devastating. Falls at work can lead to broken bones, too. Even the smallest of puddles can cause a person to slip, trip, and fall, injuring themselves – sometimes permanently.
Defective products, repetitive stress motions, and explosions can all result in bone fractures. It’s easy to see why broken bones are so common; virtually any accident can lead to such injuries. While most broken bones heal with the necessary treatment and time, a person may suffer severe pain and limited mobility even after they’ve recovered from their accident.
Compensation for Broken Bone Injuries
Medical care can be incredibly expensive. This is especially true if a person requires surgery or long-term therapy to heal from their broken bones. While recovering, a person may not be able to perform their duties at work, resulting in lost wages. The pain and suffering they endured in the accident – along with medical bills, lost wages, and other damages – can all be factored into a personal injury claim. While it can be difficult to imagine assigning a dollar value to intangible losses like pain and suffering, victims of accidents deserve compensation for all they have endured.
Should You Accept Compensation from the Insurance Company for Your Accident?
The insurance company representing the at-fault party may contact you with a quick, lowball settlement following an accident. This is their strategy for limiting financial liability. The claims adjuster may pressure you to accept a settlement, working to convince you that their offer is the best they can provide. Accept their settlement, and you’ll be asked to waive your right to ever pursue compensation from them again.
It’s not recommended that you accept such an offer before speaking with a skilled injury attorney first. By understanding the full value of your claim, you’ll get a better idea of whether or not to accept a claim from the insurance company.
Filing Deadlines for Illinois Personal Injury Claims
A claimant has just two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court for broken bones. Fail to file before the deadline and you may lose the right to sue forever. While two years may seem like a long time, it’s in your best interest to act as quickly as possible. A consultation with an experienced accident lawyer can help you understand your legal options and deadlines.
Get Legal Help Now
Breaking a bone can be incredibly traumatic, especially when the injury is the fault of someone else. Hold negligent parties responsible for their actions by filing a personal injury claim.
If you or someone you love has suffered broken bones through the fault of someone else, the Law Offices of Cullotta Bravo Law can help. Count on our prompt action and thorough follow through to protect your legal rights and financial future. Call 630-898-7800 or click here to schedule your free case review.