A human bone can only withstand so much pressure. If something exerts more force on a bone than it can handle, it will break, or “fracture.” There are many types of broken bones, from compound fractures that break the skin to stress fractures that happen due to repetitive motions over time. Fractures may occur in car accidents, slip and falls, in the workplace, or from acts of violence. No matter what caused your broken bone, seek advice from a Kansas City broken bones lawyer. This type of injury may be common, but that doesn’t make it insignificant. The law in Kansas City may entitle you to compensation for your damages. An experienced lawyer can work with you to understand the law and get justice.
We tailor our services. We know each case is different and adjust our legal strategies accordingly. That is why we start each claim with an in-depth consultation.
We fight for top results. Our Kansas City personal injury lawyers do not settle for less. We can take broken bone claims to court if that is what it takes to achieve the outcomes they demand.
We do not charge unless we win. Our Kansas City broken bone attorneys accept cases on a contingency fee basis, with $0 in legal fees if they lose.
Types of Bone Fractures
A bone can break in many different ways. The type of fracture you suffered can determine important factors such as how long it will take to heal, how long you will be out of work, and whether you will suffer any permanent disabilities. At Wendt Law Firm P.C, we help clients no matter what types of broken bone injuries they have.
Stable fracture. A simple break, where the ends of the bone line up.
Greenstick fracture. A child’s broken bone that bends without breaking completely.
Compound fracture. A broken bone that has pierced or broken through the skin.
Transverse fracture. A break that cuts across the bone horizontally.
Oblique fracture. A bone fractured at an angle.
Spiral fracture. A break that spirals down the length of the affected bone.
Comminuted fracture. A bone that has broken into three or more pieces.
The location of the broken bone can also make a significant difference. Fracturing your skull, for example, could lead to related brain injuries and long-term related challenges. A compression fracture in the spine, on the other hand, can cause serious back problems. Broken bones are serious injuries no matter where in the body they occur or what types of breaks they are. We are interested in hearing about all kinds of broken bone claims in Kansas City.
Common Causes of Broken Bones
Bone fractures can happen under any circumstance where something exerts too much pressure on a bone, causing it to break. Certain types of accidents, however, could give you grounds to file a claim. If you suffered a broken bone because of someone else’s negligence, that person could owe you money for your related damages. We have helped victims of broken bones bring a range of accident claims in Kansas City.
Trauma to the affected area could cause a bone to break, as could overuse of the limb. Pre-existing conditions, such as osteoporosis weakening the bone, could also contribute to a fracture. This does not mean, however, that you will not have grounds for a claim. Even if a previous injury or condition exacerbated the bone break, the defendant could owe you compensation.
Is Someone Else Liable?
Not all victims with broken bone injuries will have claims. Someone else must be liable for the accident to be eligible for damages. Liability for your broken bone is something our attorneys can help you determine during a free initial consultation. We will ask you a few questions about how you broke the bone, such as where you were and what you were doing. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, we may say you have a case against one or multiple parties.
A vehicle driver
A trucking company
A property owner
A product manufacturer
A physician or surgeon
If we decide to take your personal injury case in Kansas City, we may then go about collecting evidence of the defendant’s fault for your bone fracture. This could include photographs, evidence collected from the scene, eyewitness statements, medical records, police reports, and expert opinions. You will need evidence of the defendant’s fault for your broken bone injury to receive compensation for your damages.
What Is the Value of Your Broken Bone Claim?
Many people with broken bones stick to insurance claim settlements or their own medical insurance companies to cover the costs. They mistakenly assume that a lawsuit will cost more than the case is worth, or that it will be too much of a hassle. At Wendt Law Firm P.C., we’ve won six- and seven-figure settlements for our personal injury clients. We do not charge attorney’s fees unless we win financial recovery. If we think your broken bone injury has merit in the Kansas City civil courts, it means we believe legal action will be well worth the effort.
Evaluating a broken bone case requires a few different types of evidence. The first is medical evidence. Hard proof of the fracture in the form of medical x-rays and scans is vital to the success of a claim. There is no arguing against x-ray images of a fractured bone. Broken bones are “hard” injuries, not soft tissue injuries. As such, they are relatively easy to prove. Negotiating a fair settlement may also require testimony from an expert medical witness. A medical expert can attest to the amount of recovery time you will need and whether you may return to work.
The courts will estimate what your case might be worth by looking at the economic and non-economic damages involved. The economic damages are financial costs such as medical bills and lost income from missed days at work. Non-economic damages are intangible, and therefore subjective. They include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and mental anguish. There are a few different methods the courts may use to calculate these losses. How the broken bone affects the individual will determine the total value of the case.
Discover the Elements of Your Case
The circumstances of a broken bone injury can vary greatly. You may have sustained a broken bone in a car accident and need to file a negligence claim against the other driver. A fall down a set of faulty stairs at a shopping mall may have led to a broken hip. In this case, a premises liability claim against the building’s owner would be more appropriate. If a defective product broke your bone, you may have grounds for a product liability claim against the manufacturer. There are many different claims and legal processes that may be applicable in your specific case. Working with our attorneys can prepare you for any type of claim. Call today to schedule a free case evaluation.