Broken Bones In Florida Accidents
While most of the broken bones in the United States each year occur due to trauma (such as auto accidents, falls, and sports injuries), there are many different causes for fractures, any of which can cause long-term issues for the victim. If you have sustained one or more fractures and you believe it is due to another person’s negligence, it is a good idea to talk to an experienced attorney to discuss your options.
Causes & Types
Broken bones are among the most common injuries sustained in the United States, across all age groups. They occur more disproportionately among the elderly – the Cleveland Clinic estimates over 1 million fractures each year occur due to ‘fragility’ and osteoporosis – but young children and men aged 18-24 also sustain a high number of fractures, and all other age groups see them regularly. Symptoms are also almost universal among sufferers; swelling, pain and bruising can alert someone to the fact that all is not right, and in severe cases, an “odd” appearance, such as having a bone visibly out of joint or even poking through skin, might also be seen.
Fractures can be open or closed, partial or complete, and may be displaced (there may be a gap between two parts of the bone). There are also classifications for the specific type of partial or complete fracture – for example, impacted (parts of the bone are smashed together), comminuted (the bone shattering into several pieces), or transverse (a straight break right through the bone). Regardless of the type of break, any of them can be severe enough to require surgery and a long time in recovery – so if you were injured because someone else allegedly acted negligently, it is important that you explore your options for seeking compensation.
From car and truck accidents, to dog bites, to premises liability claims and defective product lawsuits, there are many different ways that you can sustain a broken bone, though the damages you may actually sustain can vary widely between cases. Examples of the damages that one might be able to claim in a negligence lawsuit include loss of wages/income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other causes of action that, if granted, might make you whole again.
Keep in mind that depending on the situation, you may wind up being held partially liable for your own injuries by the court. If you are, this does not mean that you will not be able to recover – merely that you will recover less. If a jury holds that you were, say, 20 percent liable for your own injury, any award that you receive will be less 20 percent. In some other states, being found partially liable bars any recovery, or will bar recovery if your percentage of fault is over 50 percent – but Florida merely lowers the percentage of recovery; recovery is never barred.
Contact A Tampa Bone Fractures Attorney
It can sometimes feel as though a broken bone is not “enough” of an injury to bother filing suit – but in reality, fractures can be severe enough to permanently affect mobility. If you have been injured, it is a good idea to contact a Tampa fractures attorney at the Rinaldo Law Group – we are happy to sit down with you and try to answer any questions you may have about your case. Call today for a free consultation.