Manhattan Broken Bone Injury
Because broken bones are so common, they are not always perceived as being serious injuries. A broken bone is quite serious. This type of injury is not only painful and can take weeks to heal, broken bone injuries often lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening complications. For example, a broken bone in the head is referred to as a skull fracture. Skull fracture can lead to brain swelling. Any bone fracture, particularly an open fracture can lead to life-threatening infections. Car accidents and other accidents caused by negligence are among the most common causes of broken bones. If your broken bone injury was caused by another person's negligence, you have the right to demand that the negligent person pay for your expenses related to the accident. In order to ensure that your legal rights are protected, contact a Manhattan broken bone lawyer from the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates who will review the specifics of your case and work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled.Broken bones and accidents
Because of the force that is exerted on the body when cars collide or during pedestrian accidents, it is not surprising that broken legs and other broken bones are common injuries for car accident victims. Broken bones also frequently result from falls, bike and motorcycle accidents, and in recreational sports accidents. Bones that are most often broken include bones in the collarbone, jaw, arm, hand, finger, leg, ankle, foot and toe.Types of broken bones
Broken bones can be divided into 5 categories:
- Complete fracture. A fracture where a bone breaks into two pieces
- Greenstick fracture. A fracture where a bone that bends and then breaks. This type of bone fracture is common in children.
- Single fracture. A fracture where a bone that is broken in one place in two pieces.
- Comminuted fracture. Occurs when there is a splinter of the bone into multiple pieces.
- Open fracture or a compound fracture. A fracture where the bone breaks through the skin.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to demand compensation from the person who caused your injury. Or, you may be required to file a workers' compensation claim in order to recover benefits.
If you file a personal injury claim, compensable damages include:
- Medical expenses. All medical expenses that can be tied to the treatment of your bone fracture. If your injury leads to complications such as an infection or an amputation, expenses related to the treatment of the complication are compensable as well. Such expenses may include hospitable, doctors, specialists, medication, surgery, medical devices, outpatient treatment, rehabilitation and physical therapy.
- Lost income. This includes all wages and other types of compensation you lost because you were unable to work while recovering from your broken bone. If you are self-employed you can still demand lost income compensation. In addition, lost income may also include loss of future earning potential.
- Pain and suffering. This includes physical pain as well as emotional pain such as depression or anxiety that results from suffering a serious injury.
If your injury occurred while you were working, it may be covered by workers' compensation insurance. Workers' compensation benefits include:
- Medical benefits. Medical care for treating your injury from an approved provider.
- Lost wages. Weekly benefits are limited to a percentage of your wages, subject to a cap. The percentage is based on the seriousness of the injury.
- Vocational counseling
Whether you have suffered a broken leg, broken collarbone, skull fracture or any other type of broken bone in an accident, contact our legal team for guidance as you may have the right to compensation or benefits. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury cases stemming from vehicle, slip and fall, and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.