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Broken Bones in Personal Injury Claims

Accident injuries can include broken bones or fractures. While some fractures may be minor, the types of fractures that occur in car crashes or truck accidents can be devastating. Displaced fractures are those that occur when the bone breaks into two or more pieces.

They are usually caused by sudden blows or impacts. Displaced fractures often cause the bone to shift or lose alignment. The bone may pierce through the skin or damage surrounding tissue, nerves, or joints. Comminuted, compression, and oblique fractures are some examples of displaced fractures.

Fractures often require multiple surgeries, including the use of metal plates, rods, and screws. Extensive rehabilitative therapy is not uncommon after a fracture, and a person often will need to take significant time off from work to recover from the injury.

Personal Injury Attorney for Broken Bones in Satellite Beach, FL

At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, James B. Coulter is prepared to utilise your right to compensation if you suffered fractures in an accident the Brevard County area. With years of experience negotiating settlements and advocating for clients in the courtroom, James B. Coulter is more than qualified to take on your case.

James Coulter represents people injured by the negligence of another throughout the surrounding areas in Brevard County including Melbourne, Cocoa, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Rockledge, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and West Melbourne.

With offices conveniently located in Satellite Beach, James Coulter also represents clients throughout the counties surrounding Brevard County including Volusia County, Indian River County, Osceola County, and Orange County, Florida. Call The Law Offices of James B. Coulter today at (321) 586-9944 or contact the firm through the online form to arrange a free, confidential consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.


Common Causes of Broken Bones

The most common causes of personal injuries with broken bones include:

  • Fall from a height;
  • Repetitive forces, such as those caused by running, can cause stress fractures of the foot, ankle, tibia, or hip;
  • Motor vehicle accidents;
  • Direct blow; or
  • Child abuse.

Common Symptoms Associated with Broken Bones

The most common symptoms associated with personal injuries resulting in personal injury include:

  • A visibly out-of-place or misshapen limb or joint;
  • Broken skin with bone protruding;
  • Limited mobility or inability to move a limb;
  • Swelling, bruising, or bleeding;
  • Intense pain; or
  • Numbness and tingling.

Potentially Liable Parties in Personal Injury Cases

If you were injured in an accident, typically, you can hold the individual who caused the accident liable for your injuries. Motor vehicle crashes and related accidents are usually the results of another party’s negligence.

In these situations, filing a claim against the liable party is typically in your best interest. In order to prove that an individual was liable for your injuries, you must show negligence. Negligence can be found when you can prove all of the following elements:

  • Defendant owed you a duty of care;
  • Duty of care was breached;
  • Your injuries can be causally linked to the defendant’s breach; and
  • You suffered some harm due to the defendant’s breach.

An example of a duty of care would be the duty of reasonable care that drivers owe a duty to everyone on the road. Additionally, property owners owe varying degrees of care to almost everyone on their property. However, if you are a trespasser, a property owner owes you a lesser duty of care than an individual with permission to be on the owner’s property.

In the state of Florida, courts will consider whether you played any part in sustaining injuries from your accident. If a court determines that your negligence contributed to your injuries, you may still be able to receive damages; however, your damages may be reduced in accordance with your degree of fault in the accident. In the state of Florida, injured parties are not completely barred from damages if they contributed to their own injuries.


Recovering Damages for Your Injuries in Brevard County, FL

Broken bone injuries may lead to extensive medical care. Surgeries, physical therapy, and missing work can cause severe financial stress on an injured person. If you can prove your claim, recovery may be an option. Compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitative care, or pain and suffering may be an option.

Under Florida’s statute of limitations, a claimant has four years to file a personal injury claim, so it is extremely important to act within this time frame to avoid losing your right to compensation.


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More Resources on Broken Bone Injuries

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Search this site for information on varying types of fractures. This site also provides information on bone health basics, bone health at varying ages, costs associated with casts and splints, possible complications after fracturing  a bone, and various other topics on bone health and bone injuries.

U.S. National Library of Medicine - Visit this government site for information on broken bones versus dislocation. It also provides research on the most frequent causes of broken bones, symptoms of broken bones. This site also provides steps and helpful tips regarding first aid for broken bones, and how to prevent further injury until the proper medical attention is available.


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Personal Injury Lawyer in Satellite Beach, FL, for Broken Bones

At The Law Offices of James B. Coulter, James B. Coulter focuses on representing clients who have been injured in accidents in Brevard County, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, and surrounding areas. If you were injured in any type of accident and have sustained serious injuries, including broken bones, then contact The Law Offices of James B. Coulter at (321) 586-9944 to schedule your free consultation.

This article was last updated on Friday, October 14, 2016.

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