Fractured Bones from Truck Accidents
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC works with people who have experienced bone break injuries through no fault of their own but caused by the truck driver or truck company. If you or a loved one were injured, call our truck accident law office at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
Our law firm guides our clients through the legal system (or with the insurance company) to get compensation for their medical bills, time away from work, and other damages arising out of these bone fracture personal injuries.
Our team has managed many truck accident cases and is skilled in truck accident law. We can help you understand the legal system so that you can maximize your legal rights and even possibly get the largest verdict or settlement possible after a commercial truck accident.
The speed and force of commercial vehicles in a crash make them especially dangerous in Chicago and across the United States. So naturally, bones are one of the first things to fracture in a collision. Broken bones can be catastrophic, leading to serious complications involving one or more bones.
Nearly every child and adult have strong bones that are not easy to break. However, catastrophic truck accidents create a tremendous force that traumatizes the body, easily leading to comminuted fractures, spinal cord damage, deep lacerations, or traumatic brain injuries.
Read the information below to get a better sense of what you can recover for in a truck/car crash and how you can obtain compensation in Illinois. Then, call our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 for additional information on securing compensation for truck and car accidents.
Broken Bones and Other Serious Injuries From Illinois Truck Collisions
The human skeletal system is designed to protect our bodies from strong blows. It acts as a shield. But, unfortunately, sometimes that shield breaks down when the trauma is too great in a car accident.
Our attorneys find that these catastrophic incidents often produce the kind of force necessary to fracture bones. Bones break in various ways, including the following:
- Compound fracture – Compound fractures occur when bones snap into two or more pieces
- Avulsion fracture – This fracture typically requires surgical intervention to avoid serious complications
- Compression fracture
- Comminuted fracture – comminuted fractures occur when bones are broken into three or more pieces or completely crushed
- Hairline (small crack) fractures
- Incomplete fracture
- Open fracture
- Bone fracture
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck vertebrae damage
- Broken arms and legs
- Stress fracture – Stress fractures are usually partial breaks that occur most often in children
- Skull fractures
- Collarbone fracture
The way that bone fractures are categorized comes down to a few issues, including:
- The bone was completely broken in half
- The bone pierced the skin or surrounding tissues
- The bone is still in alignment
- The bone shattered into multiple bone fragments
You also might experience other multiple injuries or medical conditions requiring a treatment plan from the auto accident. For example, many people sustain a personal injury in a commercial truck accident that involves the lumbar spine, damage to blood vessels, bone tissues, open wounds, and bone tissue aggravation in the affected area.
Therefore, the risk of fractures is not the only medical condition to be aware of in auto accidents. The Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys has confirmed these findings in recent studies and previous car crashes involving truckers and trucking companies.
Studies show that the most common bone breaks include fractures to the femur, knee, fibula, humerus, arm, ankle, vertebrae, ribs, hip, pelvis, hands, elbow radius, and ulna. Much of the damage to a broken bone affects the muscles, tendons, and ligaments attached to the bone before it sustains injury.
Treatment for Bone Breaks After Chicago Truck Crashes
When treating bone fractures after a motor vehicle accident, it is important to do some things right away so that the injury does not worsen or complicate. But first, learn to tell the signs of a broken bone so that you can identify the problem in the first place.
Here are some questions to ask to see whether or not you broke a bone:
- Do you feel pain around any bone in your body?
- Is any part of your body numb or sensitive to the touch?
- Do you see a bone sticking out of your body?
- Are you bleeding or swelling anywhere?
Did your doctor diagnose you with a fractured bone, recommending various options to treat your injuries? The treating physician will likely immobilize the area to allow the bone to naturally come together and reconnect while recovering from your other severe injuries.
If an x-ray shows that the break is not healing correctly, a surgeon may perform one or more surgical procedures to manually complete that process to ensure the bone heals as expected.
Often, surgeons will insert a rod to stabilize and strengthen the fractured bone. After that process, the doctors will typically prescribe a series of medications to prevent infections and discomfort.
However, while you are waiting to see medical professionals, it is important to complete some first aid steps to secure your health.
You should stop the bleeding, immobilize the bone, use ice packs or cold devices on the affected area, and cover the rest of your body to stay warm.
Claims for Bone Fractures From Chicago Truck Accidents
If you break a bone in an auto accident or suffer any other kind of injury, you might wonder how to pursue recovery from the person who caused the accident. In Illinois, you can file a case for negligence for bone fracture injuries.
Note, through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; the federal government also sets rules for commercial trucks and large trucks generally that may be relevant depending upon the type of fracture and type of car accident. Our accident attorneys can discuss this topic in more depth with you.
In Illinois, you need to plead and prove the following points to succeed on this cause of action:
The law requires proof that the defendant caused the crash and you were injured as a result. Then, you must show that you suffered in some tangible or intangible way to recover. However, there are some exceptions to this general case flow.
The defendant has some tools at its disposal that it can use to defeat your claims. There are two main varieties 1) the defendant can argue that you didn't prove all the points you needed to, or 2) the defendant can argue that even though you proved all of the points that you needed to, there is some additional fact that makes the defendant blameless.
An example of the first variety would be if the defendant didn't act negligently and cause the crash because they were the passenger, not the driver. An example of the second variety would be if the plaintiff was contributorily negligent (by speeding, for instance) or somehow assumed the risk of the incident and injury.
The Value of Broken Bone Claims From Illinois Truck Crashes
Before discussing your claims for broken bone injuries from a truck accident, it is critical to scrutinize the facts and circumstances of your accident. Yet, the value of your case will turn on what happened to you, so think about these things!
- Itemize all the costs and expenses that the accident created from the beginning, including medical bills, transportation bills, etc. Out-of-pocket expenses are the foundation of the value of your claim, but they don't mean anything if you cannot prove them.
- Typically, victims with fractures miss work during recovery. You should send your employer an income verification form if this is the case. It will prove that you lost wages due to the accident and allow you to add that amount to the value of your claim.
- Make a note of all the things you cannot do temporarily or permanently because of your fractured bone. This reduction in quality and capacity is recoverable in an Illinois case
- Consider the pain, expense, and disability that the broken bones and fractures will cause you in the future. Defendants in Illinois truck cases are on the hook not just for the immediate damages created in the aftermath of a crash but also for all the prospective damages.
However, it is important to figure completely what those costs will be so that you do not lowball yourself when seeking recovery.
Statistics About Broken Bone Injuries in Chicago Truck Accidents
- Broken bones and fractures are one of the four most common injuries following Chicago truck accidents
- The cost for treating fractures in Chicago can top $10,000 for an ambulance, ER, prescription, and rehab bills alone.
- Fractures from auto accidents can take victims away from work for as much as six to eight months, costing them thousands of dollars in missed paychecks.
- The most common causes of broken bones and fractures in truck crashes include distraction, speeding, fatigue, and turning incidents.
Sample Illinois Truck Accident Lawsuits With Fractures
In any accident, bones are often the first injuries in a truck/car accident. Bones are easy to break, fracturing in many ways because of their vulnerabilities in truck/car accidents.
Here are some cases where they were the outcome of negligent truck driving.
Illinois; Cook County: $7,400,000 Settlement
In this case, a young woman was walking around the Gold Coast section of downtown Chicago when, unexpectedly, a sanitation truck ran over the curb and onto the sidewalk. A group of people jumped out of the way. However, the young woman remained in the path of the oncoming large truck.
The injured female victim saved a child by shoving him but could not keep herself from the truck ramming into her, smashing and breaking bones. As a result, she suffered fractures in her legs, hips, and pelvis.
Accident reconstructionist experts learned that the driver was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He and his employer quickly sought to settle and move on from the controversy over the collision. The woman received $7,400,000 through an out-of-court settlement.
Illinois, Cook County; $250,000 Jury Award
This story started as a couple of young people 'horsing around' before escalating quickly into a serious accident. A young man attempted jumping onto the back of a pickup truck, but the driver pulled away before he was completely on board. The force of the fall fractured his tibia, and he sued the driver for negligence.
The plaintiffs' lawyers complained that the driver should have waited until all people were securely on the truck and that the driver was drinking and driving. The defendant countered that the plaintiff was also drunk and was contributorily negligent by jumping on the back of the pickup when it was unsafe to do so. The jury awarded the victim $250,000 in damages for his injuries.
Illinois; Cook County; $120,965 Jury Award
A tractor-trailer rear-ended a middle-aged man. The speed and weight of the truck sent the victim's car flying across the highway. His car accident caused his fractures and injuries, including several broken bones, herniated discs, and a kidney laceration.
The man sued the defendant truck driver for negligence for his life-threatening injury. The plaintiff included the trucker's employer in the lawsuit because the trucker was driving for the company.
The plaintiff's experienced attorney contended that the defendant should have kept a better lookout, should have kept a lengthier distance from the plaintiff's car and should have taken action to avoid the truck/car crash where he sustained a broken bone injury.
However, the defendants quickly and forcefully replied that the plaintiff was at fault for abruptly halting his smaller vehicle.
The defendant's insurance company also generally denied any responsibility and the extent of the plaintiff's claimed injuries. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for $120,965 across the following categories of damages:
- Medical treatment and physical therapy: $14,965
- Lost Wages: $70,000
- Pain & Suffering: $36,000
- Total: $120,965
Truck Accident Lawyers That Can Represent You After a Serious Crash
Have you suffered fractures to the arm, leg, or another area in your body during a truck/car accident? Are your fractures and other serious injuries generating huge medical costs to pay for ongoing medical treatment? Will you require surgery for an effective recovery process to ensure you completely heal?
If so, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for immediate legal advice concerning your pain and expense of the injury. Our team has a proven record of obtaining recovery for victims and quickly identifying your relief rights.
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