Broken bones, or bone fractures, are among the most common injuries in Alabama car accidents. A violent crash involves traumatic forces sufficient to break the bones of the driver and passengers inside the car. A broken bone injury can have a significant impact on the life of a car accident victim, requiring potentially intensive medical treatment, affecting their ability to work and earn a living, and inflicting severe pain and mental distress.
If you suffered a broken bone in a car crash that wasn’t your fault, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation and justice from the driver or other parties responsible for the crash.
Turn to the law firm of Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., for help with your case. For more than 50 years, our firm’s lawyers have advocated for the rights and interests of clients in Huntsville and throughout North Alabama. Our attorneys’ experience with injury cases gives us the experience needed to thoroughly pursue fair and full compensation for you in a negotiated settlement or at trial. Our injury lawyers take the time to understand you and your case so we can pursue a tailored strategy aimed at securing the results you want and deserve.
Reach out to our firm today for a free initial case evaluation to see how our Huntsville bone fracture attorneys can help you.
What Is the Difference Between a Fracture and a Broken Bone?
The terms “fracture” and “broken bone” are considered interchangeable, although doctors and other medical professionals will typically refer to the injury as a “fracture.” Both “fracture” and “broken bone” refer to an injury involving bone-cracking due to traumatic force. A fracture or broken bone may be as minor as a hairline crack in the bone, or the bone may have a clean break or shatter into multiple pieces.
Broken bone injuries are categorized by the type of fracture involved. Fracture types include:
- Hairline or greenstick, an incomplete fracture where the bone has not broken completely through
- Compression, where the bone was crushed and appears flatter or wider
- Oblique, where the bone fractures at a sloped angle
- Transverse, where the bone suffers a horizontal fracture
- Spiral fracture, where the break twists around the bone
- Segmented, where the bone breaks in two places
- Comminuted, where the bone shatters into three or more pieces
Why You Should Choose Our Attorneys to Handle Your Broken Bone Claim
When you have suffered a broken bone injury in a car accident, the attorneys of Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., offer the experienced, dedicated legal representation you need and deserve because of:
- Our long track record of representing injury victims in North Alabama since 1966
- Our reputation, which has earned our firm a listing in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers
- Our success both outside and inside the courtroom, including winning multiple trials that resulted in seven-figure verdicts for our clients
- Our preeminent client service, which has earned us the highest “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell
- Our in-depth, extensive knowledge and skills, recognized for ten straight years as a “Best Law Firm” by the publication U.S. News-Best Lawyers®
- Our dedication to addressing all your legal needs and ensuring you make a full financial, physical, and emotional recovery after being injured in a car accident.
Most Common Fractures from Car Accidents
Some of the fractures victims of car accidents most frequently suffer include:
- Arm fractures
- Wrist fractures
- Tibia/fibula fractures
- Femur fractures
- Clavicle (collarbone) fractures
- Rib fractures
- Back (vertebrae) fractures
- Hip fractures
- Pelvis fractures
- Face/skull fractures
What Causes Broken Bones During a Car Accident?
A car accident can cause a driver or passenger to suffer a broken bone injury in several different ways, including:
- Slamming into the side of the passenger compartment
- Slamming into the steering wheel, dashboard, or seatback
- Hitting the side window or windshield
- Hitting the roof of the passenger compartment in a rollover accident
- Instinctively putting arms out
- Being restrained by the seatbelt
- Hitting the airbag
- From the crumpling of the car in a side impact
- Getting feet or legs trapped or crushed in the footwell or underneath the front seat
- Being ejected from the vehicle and striking the pavement or an object
What Are the Common Symptoms of a Bone Fracture?
A severe bone fracture will typically cause extreme pain and will often prevent an injured victim from moving the injured area. Other symptoms that a broken bone injury victim may experience include:
- Deformity of the injured area
- Pain and swelling at the fracture site
- Bruising, warmth, or redness at the fracture site
- Tingling or numbness
- Difficulty or inability to move the fractured body part
- Bone poking out through the skin
If you experience any of these symptoms after a car accident, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible to determine if you may have suffered a broken bone and, if so, have the fracture set or repaired.
How Much Compensation Could I Get for a Broken Bone?
If you suffered a broken bone in a car crash that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to recover compensation for losses such as:
- Medical treatment, including ER treatment, surgeries, doctors’ appointments, pain medication, or purchases of crutches or wheelchairs
- Physical rehab
- Long-term care costs if you suffer a permanent disability due to a bone fracture injury
- Loss of wages or income when you miss time from work while recovering from your injury
- Loss of earning capacity when the permanent effects of your injury impact your ability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life due to scarring/disfigurement or permanent physical disability caused by the fracture injury
Contact a Huntsville Bone Fracture Attorney Today
If you suffered a broken bone injury in a car accident in Huntsville or elsewhere in Alabama, contact us online or call Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., today for a free, no-obligation consultation to speak with a Huntsville bone fracture attorney about your legal rights and options.