Broken Bones Sustained in Truck Accidents
The speed and force of truck crashes make them especially dangerous in Chicago and across the United States. Naturally, bones are one of the first things to fracture in a crash.
They are meant to shield the body from events like this but the sheer trauma of a truck incident normally is more than they can take and often causes other problems like brain injuries.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC works with people that have experienced these injuries through no fault of their own but due to the truck driver or truck company.
Our law firm guides them through the legal system (or with the insurance company) so that they can get compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, 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.
Read the information below so that you can get a better sense about what you can recover for and how you can recover in Illinois.
Bone Fractures from Illinois Truck Collisions
The human skeletal system is designed to protect our bodies from strong blows. It acts like a shield. Unfortunately, sometimes that shield breaks down when the trauma is too great in a car accident. Our attorneys find that these truck incidents often produce the kind of force necessary to fracture bones.
We see all kinds of bone fractures and bone breaks after these incidents including the following:
- Compound fracture
- Open fracture
- Stress fracture
Basically, the way that bone fracture injuries are categorized comes down to a few issues: if the bone completely broke in half; if the bone pierced the skin or surrounding tissues; if the bone is still in alignment; and if the bone shattered into multiple pieces.
People fracture bones in all kinds of ways during these accidents. When they do, you might need various treatment options to recover.
You also might experience other medical conditions or serious injuries that require a treatment plan from the auto accident. Many people sustain personal injuries to the lumbar spine, damage to blood vessels, bone tissues, open wounds, and bone tissue aggravation in the affected area.
Therefore, the risk of bone fractures is not the only medical condition to be aware in auto accidents. This has been confirmed by the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys in recent studies and previous studies.
Broken Bone Treatment after Chicago Truck Crashes
When treating bone fracture after truck accidents, 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 fractured 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?
If you discover that you have a fractured bone, then doctors will select from a variety of options to treat it. Their main goal will be to immobilize the area in order to allow for the bone to naturally come together and reconnect.
If it is unable to do that on its own, they might perform surgery in order to manually complete that process.
Often, they insert a rode to stabilize and strengthen the fractured bone. After that process, they will normally prescribe you a series of medications for pain and disinfectant.
However, while you are waiting to see medical professionals, it is important to complete some first aid steps in order to make sure that your health is secured.
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. This will ensure that you are in the best position possible to get better once you see a doctor.
Claims for Bone Fractures From Chicago Truck Accidents
If you break a bone in a auto accident or suffer any other kind of injury, you might wonder how you can pursue recovery from the person that caused the accident. In Illinois, you can file a case for negligence for bone fracture injuries.
Note, the federal government, through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 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 in order to succeed on this cause of action:
In the context of incidents, this means that the defendant must have caused the crash and you were injured as a result. Then, you need to show that you suffered in some tangible or intangible way in order 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 of 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 he or she was 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 what your claims for broken bone injuries from a truck accident will be, it is critical to scrutinize the facts and circumstances of your own accident. Yet, the value of your case will turn on what actually happened to you so think about these things!
1. Itemize all of the costs and expenses that the accident created from the very 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.
2. Typically, broken bone victims 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.
3. 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 totally recoverable in an Illinois case
4. Consider the pain, expense, and disability that the broken bones 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 all of 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 are one of the four most common injuries following a Chicago truck accidents.
- The cost for treating broken bones in Chicago can top $10,000 for ambulance, ER, prescription, and rehab bills alone.
- Broken bone injuries 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.
- Most common causes of broken bones in truck crashes include distraction, speeding, fatigue, and turning incidents.
Sample Illinois Truck Accident Lawsuits with Bone Fractures
In any accident, bones are often the first things to go. They are so easy to break and can break in so many ways that they are very vulnerable in truck accidents. Here are some cases where they were the outcome of negligent truck driving.
2014; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY: $7,400,000 SETTLEMENT
In this case, a young woman was walking around the hip Gold Coast section of downtown Chicago when, out of nowhere, a sanitation truck ran over the curb and onto the sidewalk. A bunch of people jumped out of the way but the girl here was not so lucky. She was able to save a child by shoving him but she could not save herself.
The truck rammed right into her. It smashed and broke bones in her legs, hips, and pelvis. If the driver thought he had any case before, then he certainly did not after investigators learned that he was intoxicated at the time of the incident. He and his employer quickly sought to settle and move on from the controversy. The woman received $7,400,000 through an out-of-court settlement.
2009; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY; $250,000 JURY AWARD:
This story started as a couple of young people horsing around but escalated quickly into a serious accident. A young man tried jumping onto the back of pickup truck but the driver pulled away before he was completely onboard. The force of the fall fractured his tibia bone and he sued the driver for negligence.
The lawsuit complained that he 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 obviously unsafe to do so. The jury awarded the victim $250,000 in damages for his injuries.
2009; ILLINOIS; COOK COUNTY; $120,965 JURY AWARD:
A middle-aged man in this case was read-ended by a tractor-trailer. The speed and weight of the truck sent the victim’s car flying across the highway. He sustained multiple injuries including several broken bones, herniated discs, and a kidney laceration. The man sued the defendant truck driver for negligence as well as the latter’s employer because he was driving the truck in the course of his employment.
The suit contended that the defendant should have kept a better lookout, should have kept a larger distance from the plaintiff’s car, and should have taken action to avoid the crash. The defendants quickly and forcefully replied that the plaintiff was at fault for abruptly halting his vehicle.
They also generally denied any responsibility as well as the extent of the plaintiff’s claimed injuries. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $120,965 across the following categories of damages:
- Medical Costs: $14,965
- Lost Wages: $70,000
- Pain and Suffering: $36,000
- Total: $120,965
Truck Accident Lawyers That Can Represent You in Chicago
If you fracture an arm, leg, or other bone in your body during a truck accident, then call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC to find out if you can recover for the pain and expense of the injury. Our team has a proven record of obtaining recovery for victims and can quickly identify your rights to relief.
Plus, we can work for you on contingency so that you only pay us if we win! To figure what you can get in court, call our offices or use our contact form and speak with someone from our team!