Every day, people in and around Los Angeles are injured in accidents of one type or another. Whether it is the result of a slip and fall, a car accident, a workplace injury, or another unexpected event, a fracture or broken bone can lead to exorbitant medical bills and a long road to recovery. Luckily, a personal injury victim who suffers a broken bone can receive compensation for their losses.
Knowing how to calculate damages is an important step in ensuring fair compensation. The serious injury lawyers at Salamati Law have the know-how to quantify your losses and the determination to hold those responsible accountable.
The settlement amount for a fracture or broken bone will always depend on the circumstances. However, certain factors have often influenced jury verdicts and settlement amounts involving these types of injuries. A few examples include:
- Severity of the Injury – Not all fractures are equal. For example, a compound fracture or spiral will be worth more than a hairline fracture. A broken femur can cause more damage than most broken fingers.
- Medical Costs and Related Expenses – These include emergency treatment right after the accident, as well as any other necessary medical costs like follow-ups, rehabilitation, prescriptions and over-the-counter medication, and medical devices.
- Prognosis – A permanent injury will net larger a compensation package than an injury that is expected to resolve fully. A permanent or long-term injury can require future treatment and medication, as well as interfere with daily tasks.
- Lost Wages – A minor break can cause at least a few days of missed work. A serious broken bone may limit the work that the individual can perform throughout their career. This can lead to missed promotions or other job opportunities, compounding the lost pay.
- Non-economic Impact – Damages for physical pain and suffering, emotional impact, loss of consortium, and other non-economic losses are also recoverable.
- Fault – In California, even if you were partly to blame for an accident, you may recover from another at-fault party. This is true even if you bore 99% of the fault. However, the amount recoverable as damages will be reduced in proportion to your share of the fault.
- Comparable jury verdicts – Even if you never set foot in a courtroom, the jury verdicts in your location for similar injuries often play a factor in settlement value.
Receiving the maximum personal injury settlement due is often the result of meticulous organization and strong advocacy. Your lawyer will gather evidence of fault and damages and present them to start the negotiation. For example, if you sustained a broken bone, your lawyer will gather evidence to show how the injuries have negatively impacted your life.
If you suffer a broken hip, a Los Angeles hip fracture lawyer will present not just your medical bills but also evidence of how this serious injury is deleteriously affecting the important areas of your life.
The other party’s insurance company or attorney may work hard to devalue your claim, but a skilled attorney will be prepared to set the record straight and fight for what you deserve.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious fracture or broken bone in an accident and believe someone else was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Salamati Law to find out more about your rights. Consultations are free and confidential, and there is never a fee unless we secure compensation for you.