What to Do If You Experience Broken Bones from a Car Accident

Albuquerque Injury Attorney Explains Your Legal Options

Broken bone injuries—also referred to as “fractures”—are a common result of motor vehicle accidents, including:

Broken bones are extremely painful, and recovery time can be far longer than expected. On top of that, broken bones are prone to re-injury.

Immediate treatment of your car accident injuries

It is important that you seek appropriate medical attention as soon as possible following the collision. An ambulance should arrive at the scene of the accident for this reason and can take you directly to the emergency room.

Beyond your initial examination and treatment, you will need ongoing treatment to make sure that your broken bone heals as well as possible—this may also include physical therapy to ensure that you regain as much mobility as possible.

Sadly, the treatment and recovery process may take years. For some, physical therapy is needed for the long haul.

Types and severity of bone fractures

While the term “broken bone” seems fairly straight-forward, there are actually several types. The recovery process for some may be longer and more involved than others. According to MedicineNet, fractures are typically described by:

  • The location of the break
  • The alignment of the bones
  • Whether the fracture caused complications with blood/nerve function
  • Whether or not the skin is intact at the injury site

Regardless of the type, one thing is clear: a broken bone can be agonizing, and the injury can make once-simple tasks extremely difficult.

If you're not yet sure whether a bone is broken or fractured, look for common symptoms such as:

  • Pain that limits or blocks your ability to move the injured area
  • Pain that gets worse when applying pressure or weight to/on the area
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Skin discolored around the injured area
  • Presenting as a deformity; looking out of place
  • “Grating” sensation of the bone/joint.
  • Bone punctured through the skin
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting

Compensation for current & future medical expenses

At Baskerville Law, we don’t just look at our clients’ medical expenses to date. We also consider what they’ll likely need to pay in the future.

Once a settlement or award is reached, any future medical bills are your responsibility. This is why the valuation process is so critical and should be conducted by an experienced lawyer who handles cases involving broken bones.

Among this and several other factors, we also consider any wages you have lost due to inability to work while you are recovering from your injury.

Discuss your car accident injuries with an experienced attorney

Our founding attorney, Rob Baskerville, is dedicated to getting you justice and the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered. Call or text us at (505) 247-2774 for a free evaluation of your car accident case.

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