Fractured Bones in Car Accidents
While some people involved in car accidents are fortunate enough to walk away unscathed, many people suffer significant injuries. Fractured bones are a common injury sustained in car accidents, and typically cause significant pain and suffering as well as financial harm. If another driver’s negligence caused a crash in which you sustained a fractured bone, a skilled Cape Cod car accident lawyer can assess whether you should seek damages for your harm. The attorneys of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III have been representing parties in local accident cases for more than 150 collective years. If you sustained a broken bone or other injury in a vehicle collision, we will work tirelessly to help you seek any compensation you may be owed. Our vigorous pursuit of damages has allowed us to obtain multiple multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for injured victims.Causes of Fractured Bones in Car Accidents
Fractured bones in car accidents are typically caused by blunt force trauma. For example, if a car is struck from the side by another car, the impact of the interior of the car against the driver or passenger’s body can cause fractures. Additionally, if a driver is rear-ended and pushed into the car in front of him or her, the dashboard may be crushed resulting in broken bones in the legs and feet. Drivers may also sustain compression fractures in their spinal vertebrae due to the impact of an accident.Proving a Driver’s Negligence Caused Your Harm
While there are other theories of recovery, most car accident victims pursue damages on a theory of negligence. There are several elements of a negligence claim under Massachusetts law, and you must prove each element of the claim to recover damages. Initially, you must prove that the other party owed you a duty and that the duty was breached. In the majority of car accident cases, the duty owed is the duty to drive prudently under the given circumstances. Once the duty and breach are established, you must then show that the breach in fact caused the accident. Lastly, you must prove that the harm you allegedly sustained was actually caused by the accident, and not some other factor.
Defendant drivers in car accident cases often try to deflect liability by arguing that the accident was caused by forces beyond their control, such as the weather or unsafe road conditions. In some cases, the defendant will argue that you drove in a negligent manner and therefore, any harm you sustained was caused by your own actions. Even if you bear some responsibility for the accident you are not precluded from recovering damages, however, unless your negligence exceeds 50%. If you are found to have been negligent your recovery will be reduced proportionate to your negligence. Assessing liability in a car accident case can be complicated, and it is in your best interest to consult a skilled car accident attorney to assist you in your pursuit of damages.Compensation Typically Awarded in Car Accident Cases Involving Fractured Bones
Fractures can cause a permanent reduction in strength and mobility and often require painful surgery that results in scarring. If you suffered a fractured bone in a car accident, you may be able to recover the cost of any treatment needed to repair the fracture and to help you return to your pre-accident condition. This includes the cost of any adaptive devices, mobility devices, and physical and occupational therapy. If you can show that you will need additional treatment in the future you may be able to recover damages for the cost of that treatment as well. If you were unable to work due to your fracture, you may also be entitled to damages for any lost wages. In addition to damages for your physical harm, you can pursue compensation for the cost to repair any damage to your vehicle as well.
On top of the damages to cover the financial impact caused by your accident, you may be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. Factors such as the duration and invasiveness of the treatment needed for your injuries, any scarring caused by your injuries or treatment, and the permanency of your injuries weigh into the evaluation of damages for pain and suffering. If you suffered a broken bone in a car accident and are considering legal action, you should act as soon as possible after the collision to avoid waiving your right to seek compensation.Confer with a Trusted Cape Cod Lawyer After a Car Accident
The car accident attorneys of the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, have successfully pursued damages on behalf of clients in countless vehicle collision cases. Fractured bones in car accidents can cause significant physical, financial, and emotional damage, and negligent drivers should be held responsible for these injuries. Our diligent representation has afforded us a long record of favorable case results, with many verdicts in the millions. We represent injured victims in Cape Cod, and are available to meet with parties in Hyannis and Plymouth as well. Contact us at 888.262.6664 or through our online form to set up a free consultation. Nós Falamos Português.