Recovering from broken bone injuries sustained in a New Mexico accident can be difficult and painful. Car accidents, workplace accidents, construction accidents, and various other types of accidents can result in serious broken bone injuries. A broken bone injury can require surgery and cause swelling, pain, and a loss of mobility if left untreated. Experiencing a broken bone injury can also require the victim to take time off of work to recover.
If you or your loved one have sustained a bone fracture in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation under New Mexico law. When another person’s negligence causes the accident that results in your broken bone injury, he or she is financially responsible for your medical bills, lost income, and other related expenses. At Hunt Law, our experienced personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of obtaining the most amount of compensation possible for our clients. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
Common Causes of Broken Bone Injuries
Bone fractures can happen in various types of accidents. Children are more prone to bone fractures, especially in their legs and arms, because they’re more active than adults. Most bone fractures require medical treatment, including straightening or setting the bone, splitting our casting the limb, and in some cases, surgery. The most common cause of bone fractures is physical trauma, such as:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Twisting injuries
- Sports injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Different Types of Broken Bone Injuries
Seeking a thorough medical evaluation is important after a broken bone injury. Whether you pursue an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to demonstrate the nature and severity of your injuries to recover compensation. Any bone in the human body can break due to a traumatic event or accident. However, some bones are more likely to be broken than others, including leg, feet, ankle, arm, and wrist bones. Additionally, the collarbone, or clavicle, can fracture when the airbag fails to deploy in a car accident, and the victim hits the steering wheel hard with his or her chest.
Your recovery will depend on the severity of your injury and the type and extent of a bone fracture you sustain. Attending all of your medical appointments is important. Doing so will help your legal compensation claim. Some of the different types of bone fractures include the following:
- Stable fractures in which the bone ends are still aligned
- Compound fractures with a break in the skin
- Transverse fractures in which the bone breaks horizontally
- Oblique fractures in which the fracture line is angled
- Comminuted fractures in which the bone breaks into at least three sections
When you arrive at the emergency room, a doctor will likely look at your fracture and order an X-ray of the bone. After looking at the X-ray, he will determine whether you need emergency surgery so that a surgeon can piece together the splintered bones. In some cases, surgeons need to place metal plates and screws within the bone to hold it together and help it heal. With severe bone fracture cases, the patient may need to undergo rehabilitation and physical therapy to regain full use of his or her arm or leg.
Compensation Available Through an Insurance Claim
If you suffered a bone fracture in a car accident and are not at fault, you can file a claim for compensation through the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Under New Mexico law, insurance companies must pay out compensation to victims of accidents caused by their insured drivers. Unfortunately, insurance companies often unfairly deny claims or offer settlement agreements that are far too low.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Hunt Law have a successful track record in negotiating effectively with insurance companies. We will speak to the insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on recovering from a broken bone injury. We hold insurance companies accountable. When an insurance company acts in bad faith and denies your claim fairly, we will take them to court. We advocate assertively for our clients to receive all of the compensation they deserve from insurance companies.
Damages Available for Bone Fractures in New Mexico
Undergoing surgery for a bone fracture can be a costly process. Even if you have insurance benefits, you will have to pay for your deductible and co-pays out of pocket. You may be out of work and unable to earn an income and wondering how you’ll pay your mounting medical bills. When seeking compensation from an insurance policy isn’t an option, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent person or company who caused your bone fracture.
Under New Mexico law, the person whose intentional behavior, negligence, or recklessness caused your bone fracture is financially responsible for paying you damages. Successful plaintiffs are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include all of the expenses related to your bone fractures that are easily quantifiable.
You will be able to request compensation for your past and future medical bills and lost income. Courts can also award non-economic damages for the intangible losses you experienced, such as the pain and suffering you endured as a result of your bone fractures. When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you need a skilled lawyer on your side. At Hunt Law, our personal injury attorneys have significant courtroom experience and are ready to advocate for your right to compensation.
Contact Our New Mexico Bone Fracture Lawyers Today
At Hunt Law Firm, our New Mexico bone fracture lawyers have decades of experience providing personal injury victims with high-quality legal representation. We understand how difficult it is to recover from a serious personal injury. Whether you seek compensation from an insurance policy or in a personal injury lawsuit, we will represent your best interests and negotiate assertively. Our team is prepared to help you recover the full amount of compensation you deserve for your bone fracture injury. We offer potential clients a free, no-obligation consultation. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.