Chicago Bone Fracture Accident Lawyers
When we experience a serious fall or some other accident, great stress is put on our bodies and the force may result in our bones giving way in the form of a broken bone injury. Most fractures in personal injury cases are sustained in motor vehicle accidents such as car accidents, medical malpractice or motorcycle accidents. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understands the impact that a broken bone can have on an individual’s life, including immediate pain, medical bills, and lingering disability. We offer a free review of Chicago personal injury cases involving broken bone injuries, and we invite you to discuss your case with an attorney today.
If your injury was caused by the negligent actions of another party, they are legally responsible for all costs associated with it. Our law firm is experienced with getting individuals of all ages compensation for their pain and medical expenses related to injuries sustained in accidents.
We are based in Chicago but handle cases across Illinois. If you have been involved in an accident, contact a personal injury attorney today for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Illinois Bone Fracture CasesIf your fracture injury was caused by another party’s negligence, you are entitled to recover for the resulting medical expenses, pain, and disability—both past costs and estimated future costs—no matter what your physical condition was prior to the accident. As long as there is sufficient medical testimony to establish the causation of a fracture, a person or entity responsible for causing the accident may be held legally liable for the ensuing damages.
Our Chicago law office regularly represents people who have sustained fractured bones due to:
- Car crashes
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Work-related incidents
- Nursing home accidents
Your Chicago personal injury lawyer will review all the circumstances surrounding your injury to identify potential defendants involved in your case. A defendant could include a landlord who neglected to repair a broken stairwell, a supermarket that neglected to clear away ice and snow outside the store entrance, a motorist who failed to obey traffic laws that caused the car accident, or others that were directly or indirectly responsible for your damages.
Types of Bone Fractures
- Stress — Hard to spot but easy to feel, stress fractures are hairline cracks within bones.• Complete— This type of fracture usually cleanly breaks the bone into at least two pieces. Complete fractures are typically the result of serious car crashes or slip and fall events on hard surfaces.
- Greenstick — This type of fracture happens when the bone cracks on just one side and not through to the other side of the bone. Greenstick fractures usually result from accidents such as falling down defective stairs.
- Open — This type of break produces a bone that pierces through the skin and causes mild to severe bleeding.
- Closed — Also called simple fractures, closed fractures happen when the bone does not break through the skin.
- Single — The bone breaks at a single location.
- Comminuted — Bones that break into three pieces or more, or are crushed.
- Displaced — When the trauma not only leaves the affected bone broken but also moves it out of proper alignment, complicating the healing process.
- Bowing — These types of fractures occur only in children when the soft bone bends but does not completely break.
The Most Frequently Broken Bones
The clavicle, also known as your collarbone, is one of the most commonly broken bones in the body. The long length of the clavicle leaves it prone to injury no matter if you are a child or adult.
The other most commonly broken bones owe their breaks in large part to where they are situated and their usage by humans. Not only are these bones fractured the most, but they also produce some of the most devastating consequences if fractured because of their central role in daily functioning. Thus, it is important to try to protect them from injury.
The risks of breaking certain bones change as one ages. For instance, the bone that is broken the most among young people is the wrist. However, for older Americans, the hip is the most common fracture. This isn’t too surprising, because age poses different kinds of risks.
Medical Treatments for Bone FractureThe location and type of fracture, and the severity of the break, will determine your medical treatment. After determining what type of fracture you have, your physician will create a plan of action to set the bone and stabilize it in place during the healing process. You might need to wear a fiberglass or plaster cast to ensure your bones remain set in the same position until the healing is complete.
Based on your type of injury, a surgeon may insert screws into the upper and lower portion of your undamaged bone to ensure that the broken or fractured area remains in place (known as “open reduction internal fixation,” or ORIF). The surgical procedure might require the attachment of plates bolted on the bone’s outer surfaces.
How Long Does it Take to Heal From a Broken Bone?
How soon a fracture heals depends on the severity of the break and the level of care you receive. Typically, the healing process can take anywhere from one to several months. This varies because everyone's body heals at a different rate—your healing process could take less or more time
Fractures in the Elderly
The severity of an injury usually depends on both the type and location of the injury and the physical condition of the person. As we age, our bones become thinner and more brittle. Even a minor accident can have a horrific impact on an elderly person due to the magnitude of the resulting fracture. The elderly are at particular risk for developing complex injuries from accidents and falls that may require surgery to stabilize the bones with hardware and extended rehabilitation.
Special Considerations for Children With Broken Bones
Children are also at a special risk of sustaining serious injures due to the activities associated with childhood. While children's bone fractures are more likely to heal faster than an older person’s, doctors must evaluate every childhood fracture to determine if it involves the growth plate.
In children and adolescents, the growth plate is located near the ends of the long bones near the joints where two bones are connected, where bones grow longer. A break in the bone near or along the growth plate—also known as a Salter-Harris fracture—may limit normal growth in a particular bone, leading to deformity or a shorter bone on one side of a growing child’s body. It may also interfere with normal joint motion, which can impair function.
When a fracture involves the growth plate, physicians may need to monitor the child for several years to ensure there is no impact on the growth process.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive for my Injury?
The monetary value of your case depends on the severity of your injuries and the extent of your damages. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can review your case to determine the worth of your claim if filed against every potentially responsible party. Our personal injury attorneys will calculate the value of your case based on the circumstances surrounding the accident, past and future medical bills, your need for future medical care, and how your injuries have altered your activities of daily living.
How Long do I Have to File an Illinois Personal Injury Lawsuit?
The state statute of limitations restricts the amount of time you have to file a claim before you give up all legal rights to ever seeking financial compensation at any time in the future. Illinois gives victims of personal injury two years to file a lawsuit. (See 735 ILCS 5/13-202) That period may be extended if the injured is a minor. Your attorney can help you identify the amount of time you have left before you give up your rights to seek monetary recovery.
However, if you wait too long, evidence you need to prove your case could disappear, eyewitnesses could move away, people’s memories could diminish, and the ability to prove your case to a claims adjuster or a jury could become much harder. Your lawyer needs to get started right away to determine the types of injuries, the length of your recovery process, the permanency of your disability, and the extent of hospitalization and medical bills you will generate in the future for needed treatment.
Therefore, it is critically important that you consult an Illinois personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident so that he or she can protect your future recovery should you decide to file an action.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC works vigorously to ensure that accident victims receive the greatest compensation possible under the law. Call our offices today to see what you can recover from from a personal injury lawsuit
What Are Some Sample Illinois Bone Fracture Accident Settlements and Jury Verdicts?
$1.1 MILLION SETTLEMENT, Auto Accident, DuPage County, IL
$2.95 MILLION SETTLEMENT, Motor Vehicle, Cook County, IL
$418,400 AWARD, Truck accident, Jo Daviess County, IL
$450,000 AWARD, Slip & Fall, Cook County, IL
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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to getting you the maximum compensation for your broken bone injuries case. Our personal injury law office has helped recover significant damages for many clients who have sustained fractures in various types of accidents. Put our experience to work for you: As attorneys experienced with Chicago personal injury cases, we offer free, no-obligation consultations at your home or hospital room. Moreover, we offer a no-fee guarantee: If our office cannot get a recovery for you, then our services are free. Contact our office today.