If you suffered broken bones from a car wreck or other personal injury accident that another person caused, you might be entitled to financial compensation (known as damages) from the other driver.
An Alexandria broken bones lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you build your case and seek damages after a car accident. We charge nothing upfront or out of pocket and only collect our fee once you receive compensation.
The Damages You May Be Owed
If your car accident or other incident was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to certain damages. The other party’s insurance company may offer you a settlement, but you don’t have to accept it. During a consultation with us, we can tell you whether you’re entitled to damages like:
- Medical bills: If you had to visit the hospital or a doctor due to your broken bones, you likely have some medical bills. Bring these bills with you when you meet with us. You may not be responsible for paying them.
- Missed wages: If you had to take any time off work due to your injuries, you missed wages and perhaps some employee benefits. You may be eligible to recover these losses.
- Lessened earning potential: Your injuries may prevent you from working like you used to, working the same job, or even working at all. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for lessened earning potential.
- Loss of enjoyment: A lasting injury might not just affect your ability to work, but also your ability to enjoy recreational activities and other activities. Even your relaxation time can be affected.
- Pain and suffering: Your broken bones may cause significant physical pain and mental or emotional anguish. You may be compensated for such pain and suffering.
You may be entitled to additional damages depending on the circumstances. For instance, if you sustained your injuries in a car accident, you may be entitled to the costs involved in repairing or replacing your vehicle.
For a free legal consultation with a broken bones lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 333-3476
How a Lawyer Can Help You Claim Damages
An Alexandria broken bones lawyer can help you seek damages from the other driver by:
- Investigating the accident: Your lawyer can take pictures of the scene, interview witnesses, gather police reports, and collect other evidence to determine what happened.
- Estimating the value of your claim: You may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills from emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, x-rays, and prescription medications, as well as modifications to your home and lost income. Your lawyer can gather evidence demonstrating your accident-related expenses, such as vehicle repair bills, medical bills, prescription receipts, receipts for modifications to your home, and estimates of your lost income.
- Communicating with the insurance company: Your lawyer can handle all verbal and written communication with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, including settlement negotiations.
- Filing a lawsuit on your behalf if necessary: If we cannot agree on a fair settlement, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.
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Contributory Negligence in a Car Accident
Negligent driving is driving without proper care for other people on the road. Some negligent driving examples include disregarding traffic signs, failing to use a turn signal, and following too closely. Negligent driving leads to many car crashes, some of which result in injuries like broken bones.
In some accidents, one driver is clearly at fault. In other cases, multiple drivers share responsibility. CC Art. 2323 establishes Louisiana’s contributory negligence law, which reduces each driver’s damages in proportion to their contribution to the collision. For example, a driver who is 25% negligent can only recover 75% of their damages.
If you believe you are being unfairly blamed for your part in an accident, an Alexandria broken bones lawyer may be able to help. They can investigate the accident and dispute claims that you contributed to it.
Our Firm Can Help to Establish the Other Party’s Negligence
There are four components of negligence, and you or your lawyer must establish all of them to prove the other party’s liability. These four components are:
- Duty of care: The other party must have owed you the responsibility of ensuring you didn’t get hurt.
- Breach of duty: The party must have neglected their duty of care.
- Causation: The party’s breach of duty must have led to your injuries.
- Damages: This is proof that your injuries had financial and other costs.
Navigating the legal system alone can feel stressful and overwhelming. Our team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can give you legal support during this difficult time.
Common Broken Bones Suffered in Car Accidents
A minor car accident can leave the drivers and passengers shaken up but with minor property damage and no physical injuries. Major accidents, on the other hand, can result in injuries like broken bones.
Here are some of the bones commonly broken in car accidents:
- Collarbone: The direct force from the impact of a car accident may break the collarbone. According to Cleveland Clinic, most broken collarbones will heal within six to eight weeks and can be treated by placing the arm in a sling. Sometimes, broken collarbones require surgery to implant plates, screws, or pins that keep the bones in place. In some cases, a lump forms where the bones join, and the lump may never go away. Some complications from a broken collarbone include pain and stiffness in the shoulder, poor wound healing, or improper bone healing.
- Broken legs: There are three major bones in the leg: the tibia, the fibula, and the femur. According to Mayo Clinic, all three bones are susceptible to breaking in a car accident, especially when the impact jams the knees under the dashboard. Surgery may be necessary to set the bone. Complications from a broken leg include bone infection, nerve or blood vessel damage, arthritis, and compartment syndrome, which causes pain, swelling, and disability in the muscles surrounding the break. Improper healing, especially in children, can lead to legs of unequal length.
- Facial bones: When the face strikes the dashboard or another surface in the vehicle, facial bones such as the nose might break. Mayo Clinic states that most broken noses can be treated by setting the bone, but some breaks require surgery. Some injuries, such as a deviated septum, a cartilage fracture, or a septal hematoma (in which pooling blood blocks the nostrils) must be treated with surgery.
- Cranial bones: According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, car accidents may cause broken cranial (skull) bones. Most patients with broken skull bones should be hospitalized for observation. Broken cranial bones can lead to other conditions such as blood clots near the brain (including epidural, subdural, or intracerebral hematomas), or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Spinal fractures: Broken bones in the spine are some of the most severe injuries car accidents can cause. Cleveland Clinic states that car accidents can cause severe spinal fractures that make the spine unstable, which can lead to spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can cause permanent disabilities such as loss of sensation and mobility.
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The Statute of Limitations After a Car Accident
CC Art. 3492 limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for personal injury. You have only one year from the accident date to seek damages from the other driver. After a year has passed, you could forfeit your right to any financial compensation.
Contact Us Today to Work With an Alexandria, LA, Broken Bones Lawyer
When you contact us right away after your incident, you keep the option to file a lawsuit open. We’ll be able to help you meet the personal injury lawsuit deadline. Also, by contacting us right away, you allow us to start collecting evidence for your case before it disappears. For example, if you were in a car accident, there may be traffic camera footage that could be deleted soon.
When you call us, we’ll tell you more about our law firm and give you a completely free consultation with no obligation. We’ll also advise you about the course we recommend. To learn more about how Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you seek financial compensation for your broken bones, contact our office today. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start working on your case.