If you suffered broken bones from a car accident caused by another driver, you might be entitled to financial compensation (known as damages) from the other driver.
An Alexandria broken bones lawyer with Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers may be able to help you build your case and recover your damages after a car accident.
Call our office at (318) 777-7777 to speak with a member of our team today in a free case consultation. We charge nothing upfront or out of pocket and only collect our fee once you receive compensation.
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 treatment such as emergency room visits, hospital stays, surgeries, X-rays, 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 we cannot agree on a fair settlement, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court.
For a free legal consultation with a lawyer serving Alexandria, call (318) 777-7777
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, more than one driver shares the responsibility. CC Art. 2323 establishes the state’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 that 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 your negligent driving contributed to it.
Navigating the legal system alone can feel stressful and overwhelming. For legal support, reach out to the team at Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers by calling (318) 777-7777 today.
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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 broken bones.
Here are some of the most common broken bones caused by 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 to 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 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 other surfaces 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 are one of the most common causes of broken cranial (skull) bones. Patients with broken skull bones should be kept in the hospital for observation. Broken cranial bones can lead to other conditions such as blood clots near the brain—including epidural, subdural, or intracerebral hematomas—concussions, or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
- Spinal fractures: Broken bones in the spine are some of the most severe injuries a car accident 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.
Statute of Limitations After a Car Accident
CC Art. 3492 limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit for personal injury caused by a car accident. You have one year from the date of the accident to seek damages from the other driver. After a year has passed, you could forfeit your right to any financial compensation.
To learn more about how Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you seek financial compensation for your broken bones, call our office today at (318) 777-7777. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start working on your case.