Washington Broken Bone Injury Attorneys
Usually, when we think of a broken bone, we dismiss it as a short-term, simple injury that is merely inconvenient. But for many of our clients, bone fractures are severe and painful injuries that can be life-changing. Our injured clients often face serious consequences, including chronic pain, loss of mobility, loss of independence, lost wages, extended medical treatment, permanent partial disability, and expensive medical bills.
After a serious car, motorcycle, pedestrian, or truck accident, recovery from the more serious types of fractures may require multiple corrective surgeries or extensive physical therapy. Combined with other injuries suffered in a collision, many of our clients experience long-term and permanent disabilities.
If you have a broken bone injury due to an accident, consider reaching out to a personal injury attorney. At Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC, we understand how challenging this can be for you and your family. Our Washington broken-bones lawyers can help you review your claim and assist you in recovering compensation.
Common Causes of Broken Bone Injuries
As noted above, there are several different accidents that might cause broken bones.
It’s not uncommon for a car accident to result in a bone fracture. Bone fractures happen due to the high speed of both the car and the other vehicle. The resulting force upon impact can be devastating.
Bones that might be broken in a car accident could, unfortunately, be any of the 200 bones in your body. They can often include your wrists, arms, ribs, clavicle, femurs, hips, face, or skull.
Motorcycle accidents can be difficult on the body due to the lack of protection from airbags or a vehicle’s exterior. It is common for individuals to have pelvis fractures, more so in a motorcycle accident than in a car accident.
Pedestrians can suffer many of the same broken bone injuries as in a car or motorcycle accident. Yet they can be subject to more force and trauma to the body. This is because they do not have the protection of a car’s airbags or even a helmet. Also, a pedestrian’s injuries can be worse because the force from the accident could cause a pedestrian to fall. This additional impact could exacerbate their injuries.
An accident involving an 18-wheeler or other commercial vehicle can also cause severe damage. There are a number of factors that come into play when there is a truck accident. Under federal regulations, commercial trucks can have a gross weight of up to 80,000 pounds. This can cause an intense impact when colliding with a smaller vehicle.
Broken Bone Symptoms
There are various symptoms of broken bones. It is essential to watch out for these and ensure you call a physician right away if needed. These symptoms could include but are not limited to:
- Severe pain;
- Being unable to move a limb;
- A lack of mobility;
- Swelling, bleeding, or bruising;
- Numbness or tingling;
- A clearly misshapen limb or joint; and
- A protruding bone from the skin.
If you have any of these symptoms, you should call 911 or call your doctor for further assistance. It is vital to get medical care if you need it and get treated before the injury gets worse. Additionally, medical records can be helpful evidence to have on hand when you file your claim.
What Does a Successful Fracture Injury Claim Look Like?
When a client is suffering from a serious fracture injury caused by an accident, our Washington broken-bone injury attorneys take special steps to identify the extent of the injury, to evaluate its cause, and to determine how the injury affects our client’s life, now and in the future. Since fracture injuries can require long-term, costly medical care, we ensure that this cost is fully factored into the insurance-claim process. A successful claim is one in which our client receives a settlement or verdict that enables them to fully recover financially and compensates them for their current and future losses.
As injury attorneys in Washington, we have achieved exceptional results for our clients dealing with fracture injuries, including:
- $136,000 for a client with multiple rib fractures caused by a jet-ski accident
- $150,000 – Boy on bicycle hit by a car, suffers fractured leg
- $450,000 for a woman who suffers a broken leg in a fall at a race track
- $175,000 for a client who sustained a badly fractured ankle in a fall on ice
- $346,000 for a client who suffered a badly broken leg in a pedestrian-car accident
- Pedestrian’s multiple fractures lead to a nearly $450,000 settlement
- Marathoner suffering fractured leg after a collision with a car leads to $490,000 settlement
- $3.5 million for railroad worker hit by a train
- $215,000 for a victim of a golf-cart accident caused by a drunk driver
- $1 million for a client severely injured in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer with bad brakes
You may be wondering how to know if you have a successful claim based on the causes and circumstances. One reason you may be able to bring a claim is if the other party was negligent in some way. In other words, the person you are filing a lawsuit against was not acting reasonably when they hit you.
There are four elements to negligence: duty, breach, causation, and damages. All these elements need to be met for you to be able to bring a negligence claim. This is crucial to know because if the other party is found to have been negligent, you could recover compensation for your injuries.
Statute of Limitations for a Broken Bone Injury
If you are looking to file a claim for one or more broken bones, it is crucial that you know the statute of limitations in Washington. This is the time frame in which you can bring a lawsuit before it expires, and it is different in every state. It also differs based on the type of case you are bringing.
According to Washington law, you have three years to file any type of personal injury claim. This time period starts on the exact date that your accident occurred. It is subject to potential narrow exceptions in Washington, but these are unlikely to apply to a negligence case.
If you are unsure if you are within the statute of limitations to file your claim, contact an attorney. Our Washington broken-bones lawyers can help you file suit in a timely fashion. Even if you think you may have passed the statute of limitations, it is essential to ask. Otherwise, you may not be able to be compensated for your injuries.
Speak with a Washington Broken Bone Injury Law Firm Today!
We are ready to talk to you today. Our lawyers at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC can help you recover the compensation you need for your injuries. With over 40 years of experience, we have the necessary expertise and knowledge to guide you through this challenging process. Contact us today: call 206-693-4657 or visit our office in Seattle or one of our other locations in Washington State.