A fractured bone is the same thing as a broken, cracked or shattered bone. The difference between a serious and not so serious fracture depends on the location of the break. The extent of the injury depends on the effect the broken bone has on the surrounding tissue. Blood vessels and nerves can get damaged which can cause serious complications. The bone itself can get infected.  Uncomplicated breaks generally take 6-10 weeks or longer to heal; although some breaks may heal in young children in as little as three weeks.

Broken Bones Are More Than Just Painful Injuries, They Can Take Months to Heal and May Require Surgery

XRay of Broken ArmXRay of Broken ArmBone fractures can be quite serious injuries that may even require surgery in order to heal properly. Depending upon the type of break, the location of the break, as well as the age and general medical condition of the person who breaks a bone, it can take weeks or even months for broken bones to heal. In some cases involving broken bones, complications of the break itself, from surgery, or other treatments and therapies can also contribute to the length of time it can take to heal and recover from a broken bone. And, because broken bones often also involve a joint, there can be additional complications that can limit movement, or that need to  be treated in addition to the fracture itself.

Most people rely on their arms and legs to get around and perform tasks at work; others may also require hand dexterity, or the ability to lift and move things. Not being able to work makes it all the more challenging for accident victims who will continue to have mounting medical expenses, and suffer a loss of income until they can return to work. For example, someone who relies on their ability to stand or walk all day, such as restaurant and retail workers, nurses, dentists, doctors, and other professionals may not be able to earn an income while they are recovering from a broken bone.

Insurance companies tend to offer low-ball settlements, and rarely offer anything reasonable to cover the costs of future medical expenses or loss of income, and if they even offer anything for pain and suffering, the amount will likely be a token offer to try and convince you that you don’t need a lawyer to help you get the maximum compensation you may actually be entitled to.

Economic Damages May Help Cover the Cost of Medical Expenses

Pedestrians always bear the brunt of the impact in accidents when they are struck by a car or truck. Unfortunately, in most cases injured pedestrians usually sustain significant and catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical treatment resulting in significant medical expenses. Oftentimes, injured pedestrians sustain life altering physical impairments that limit their ability to perform their job duties. This can result in a significant loss of income and earning capacity.

Economic damages may be awarded to an injured party to provide financial compensation for objectively verifiable monetary losses. This may include past and future medical expenses, loss of past and future earnings, loss of use of property, costs of repair or replacement, the economic value of domestic services, and loss of employment or business opportunities.

Non-Economic Losses Are Also Real, and You May be Entitled to Compensation

Non-economic losses involving pain and suffering, mental anguish, and an inability to engage in once favorite hobbies or activities not only diminishes the quality of the injured pedestrian’s life, it also impacts the lives of family members and loved ones that once shared in those activities. In some cases, you may be entitled to compensation for non-economic losses, in addition to receiving compensation for economic damages (medical expenses and lost income).

  1. Acute pain usually occurs immediately after the fracture when the bone has broken.
  2. Sub-acute pain usually occurs the first few weeks after the fracture while the bone and soft tissue heal.
  3. Chronic pain is pain that continues long after the fracture and soft tissues have finished healing.

Non-economic damages may be awarded to financially compensate for subjective, non-monetary losses such as pain, suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.

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