Broken bones and fractures are some of the most common outcomes of car accident cases. Don’t be deceived: these injuries are often far more serious than the basic broken bones many of us suffered as children.
If you weren’t the at-fault driver then you deserve compensation for these injuries. Don’t try to handle the at-fault driver’s insurance company alone. Turn to the experienced personal injury lawyers at Merchant Law. Our team is here to help.
Is a broken bone serious enough to warrant a personal injury case?
First, even a single broken bone can be expensive, and while a single broken bone won’t carry the highest possible personal injury award it’s still worth pursuing.
Second, people rarely suffer just a single broken bone or fracture in a car accident. There are often multiple, severe breaks that are excruciatingly painful and which require surgery, not just a cast. It’s not uncommon to see hip fractures, knee fractures, rib fractures, and fractured collar bones all in the same car accident victim.
Many car accident victims can end up spending weeks in traction, which means they’re unable to work and are losing wages even as they heal.
Furthermore, broken bones and fractures can cause severe complications such as vascular injuries, and organ injuries. It’s also possible to develop long-term complications, such as arthritis. In older victims, fractures can become a threat to long-term independence.
Will you get a pain and suffering award in a broken bones case?
Pain and suffering is capped at $370,000 in Alberta. It’s also capped at $5296 for “soft tissue injuries.” Broken bones and fractures are assessed at the higher, normal pain and suffering award threshold.
This does not mean you’ll automatically get $370,000, but the truth is that if you have broken bones in your car accident then you have indeed suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence. You will receive some manner of award to account for that.
The exact amount will depend on the facts of your case, and your lawyer’s skill at negotiating.
When is the best time to call a lawyer for broken bones and fractures from car accidents?
We recommend calling a lawyer as soon as you’re medically capable of doing so. In an ideal world, you’d talk to us before dealing with anyone from either insurance company.
We can file your claim for you, and can ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the process.
This does not mean we will be ready to settle immediately: you’ll need to reach maximum medical improvement before we’ll have a baseline for calculating what a fair settlement might look like. Nevertheless, there’s no reason for you to wait to file your claim.
Why Merchant Law?
Our experienced personal injury lawyers have spent decades helping people just like you. We’re caring, responsive, and effective. We’re known both for being savvy negotiators and for being tough litigators.
Schedule a free consultation today by calling today. (403) 237-7777