Can I Sue Over Broken Bones?
If you sustain broken bones due to someone else’s negligence, you may believe that the injury is too minor to seek compensation for – after all, most broken bones heal in weeks or months, with not many lingering effects. In reality, broken bones can cause long-lasting complications, and if someone has caused you to be injured through their own reckless conduct, you have the right to seek redress for what you have been through.
Multiple Types of Fractures
Broken bones are one of the most common injuries sustained in Florida accidents, with their severity ranging from hairline cracks to open fractures that pierce the skin. While they can happen at almost any moment, some causes do appear more frequently than others – for example, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of bone fractures, followed by falls (especially in the elderly), violence or blunt trauma. Anyone of any age can break bones, but it is more often seen in those under the age of 5 and over the age of 65.
Broken bones are common, but the best way to treat them will depend on the type of fracture you have sustained. There are several different types of fractures, with varying degrees of severity. Fractures can be complete or incomplete (broken or cracked), simple or open (inside the skin or piercing through), or at the most severe, comminuted (when a bone shatters into tiny pieces). In general, the more extensive the fractures, the more expensive it will be to repair.
Adult and Child Plaintiffs
Filing suit over broken bones with an adult plaintiff is a fairly straightforward affair, as it will generally be treated like any other negligence lawsuit (unless you sustained your injuries in a motor vehicle accident, in which case you will generally have to file a claim with your personal injury protection insurance instead of filing a lawsuit against the other driver). You must establish that the defendant’s failure to exercise ordinary care was the direct cause of your injuries, with no other intervening cause.
Sometimes, however, lawsuits over broken bones are filed by parents on behalf of their newborn children, since fractures are one of the most common types of birth injuries. Because infants’ bones are so malleable, some do heal on their own, but some do not, and regardless, many parents want to hold the doctor who caused the fracture to account. This type of suit would likely be filed as a medical malpractice action, but regardless, an experienced attorney is important to have on your side going forward.
Call A Tampa Fractures Attorney
Broken bones are just as significant an injury as any other, with the potential to affect the rest of a person’s life. If you have sustained fractures due to another person’s negligence, calling a Tampa fractures attorney from the Rinaldo Law Group can be the first step toward getting the compensation you need to get your life back on track while you focus on healing. Call our offices today for a free consultation.