Suffered a Bone Injury in a New Jersey Car Crash?
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Filing a Claim for Broken Bones after a Car Accident
An experienced attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can help determine liability for the crash while protecting the best interests of the victim. If you or a loved one has suffered traumatic injuries such as bone fractures in a car accident in NJ, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.
Common Types of Bone Fractures Suffered in a Crash
There are many factors that will affect whether or not someone will suffer a broken bone injury in a car crash including the severity of the crash, the speed of the vehicles that collide, if the vehicle rolled over, and if the occupants were wearing a seatbelt. It is common for victims to suffer fractured skulls if their head makes contact with the dashboard, steering wheel, or windshield. Others may suffer broken wrists or arms if they reached out to brace themselves during the collision. In high-impact front-end collisions, victims may suffer serious leg fractures. In side-impact broadside collisions, victims may suffer broken hips or ribs. All accidents are different and even low speed collisions can result in a serious broken bone injury.
The medical expenses that could result from a broken bone injury can be staggering.
Recovering from Broken Bones in a NJ Car Crash
Following a bone injury, there are the emergency room costs that will likely include an examination, x-rays, and treatment. While some broken bones need to be reset, others may need to be braced or put in a cast. The most severe injuries such as open fractures may require surgery. As the damaged bones heal, the victim may miss work, may be on bed rest, or may find his or her physical abilities greatly reduced. Later, victims may require extensive physical therapy sessions to regain strength and increase their mobility. After all is said and done, it is common for victims to never fully regain their strength.
Additional Losses Suffered
Medical bills, hospitalization fees, time away from work, the cost of rehabilitation services, medical devices, and prescription drugs can all add up very quickly. Fortunately, all of these losses can be considered in a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. Additionally, non-financial losses such as physical pain and emotional suffering can also be included in a personal injury claim. It is important for injured victims to calculate their losses with the help of a skilled NJ car accident attorney. Failure to pursue fair compensation for the injuries suffered can result in an inadequate settlement that does not cover the true cost of the accident.
Determining Liability, Protecting Your Rights in New Jersey
Negligent, careless, and reckless drivers can be held responsible for the damages they cause. So, the victim will have to prove that the other motorist involved was at-fault for the crash. There are several ways in which fault and liability can be determined. Did the other driver receive a citation for a traffic violation from a police officer? If the other driver was, for example, cited for running through a red light, exceeding the speed limit, or driving under the influence, the victim's case will become stronger. A negligent driver does not, however, have to receive a citation to be held civilly liable for the injuries suffered.
Broken bone injuries are extremely common in car crashes. Even as our cars become more advanced with additional airbags and safety devices, there is still the potential for devastating broken bone injuries to occur during a collision. Anyone who has suffered a bone fracture knows how painful, debilitating, and expensive it can be. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a car crash in New Jersey caused by a negligent driver, it is important that you are aware of your legal rights and options.
Recent NJ Car Accident Bone Fracture Verdicts and Settlements
- $2.5 Million Settlement - Multiple Fractures and Other Injuries Sustained in an Auto Accident
- $960,000 Settlement - Fractures and Other Injuries Sustained in a Vehicle Accident
- $375,000 Settlement - Intersection Accident Resulting in Bone Fracture
- $370,000 Settlement - Injuries (Including a Depressed Skull Fracture) in West Windsor Township Intersection Car Accident
Please note that each case is unique. To learn more about what your case may be worth, please schedule a free consultation with us today.
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