Yes, if your bone fracture injury was caused by the negligent actions or inactions of another party, it is worth it to sue for compensation to cover your full losses. No matter how minor a broken bone or bone fracture may seem to be initially, these injuries can require consistent, long-term medical treatment and cause the victim to incur further losses, such as missed wages and loss of quality of life. Medical costs to treat broken bones can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars, and an individual who suffers even a small fracture might need unpaid time away from work and incur expenses for therapy and rehabilitation.
Medical attention and proper treatment are necessary for all bone fractures, regardless of how small the fracture might seem to be, to prevent serious infections, to confirm that the broken bone is aligned properly, and to prevent permanent deformity.
The serious injury lawyers at Salamati Law in Los Angeles are here to discuss the circumstances of your case and clearly communicate all of your options for legal recourse. Not every injury is compensable through a personal injury lawsuit, but only when you have discussed your case with an attorney experienced in this field of law will you know for sure if you have the right to sue and what the likelihood of success will be. We invite you to schedule a free consultation at your convenience.
How a Small Fracture Can Become a Big Problem
If left untreated, a small bone fracture can heal with improper alignment, which can lead to chronic pain, joint and limb dysfunction, and osteoarthritis. Repairs or resections of maligned bones require major surgery that will require weeks or months of recovery time.
A fracture site is naturally weaker, and a bone with a small hairline break is susceptible to more serious fractures. A small fracture in a spinal or neck bone can pose a risk of paralysis.
An accident victim who accepts a low insurance settlement for a small bone fracture without considering the long-term ramifications of the injury will almost certainly forfeit the opportunity to recover the full measure of damages that they are entitled to receive.
How Individual or Unique Circumstances Can Complicate Small Fractures
The compensation that an accident victim can recover for minor bone fractures will always depend, in part, on the victim’s unique circumstances. Consider, for example:
- A small fracture will have a more adverse effect on a growing child or a teen than on an adult if the fracture has any impact on bone growth plates
- A senior adult with brittle bones will likely experience greater pain and suffering and slower recovery from a small bone fracture
- A manual laborer will lose more wages if the bone fracture prevents him or her from using their hands or standing for long periods of time.
How Small Bone Fractures in Lower Extremities Can Lead to Large Damages Awards
Broken leg, knee, ankle, and foot bones can be very limiting, even if they are not major breaks. If an ankle bone fracture requires surgery, the average cost of that surgery in Los Angeles is between $16,000 and $44,000.
Talk to a knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles ankle fracture attorney to understand the full scope of your potential damages when you suffer a lower extremity bone break in an accident.
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The personal injury attorneys in the Los Angeles offices of Salamati Law understand the economic and non-economic costs associated with bone fractures, and we fight tirelessly to recover the largest possible damages awards for our clients.
Call our offices at any time for straightforward advice on your options to sue for losses and injuries associated with a small bone fracture.