Have you or a loved one been in an accident in West Palm Beach, FL, resulting in a fracture or broken bone? If so, you may have a right to compensation. Gregg Hollander, our accomplished West Palm Beach broken bones lawyer, can fight for the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We highly recommended that injury victims establish an attorney-client relationship quickly after an accident. Contact Hollander Law Firm, P.A. today for a free consultation concerning your injury case.
How the Hollander Law Firm Can Help After Suffering a Broken Bone Injury
For over 28 years, Gregg Hollander has been serving injury victims across South Florida from his offices in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton.
After suffering a bone fracture, you may have a long road to recovery.
It is not uncommon for broken bone treatment to involve much more than a cast or boot. Often, injury victims require surgery and physical rehabilitation. Still, the pain may linger long after a fracture has healed.
We know our services can make a meaningful difference in the lives of injury victims.
If you entrust your car accident or slip-and-fall case to our experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers, here’s what you can expect:
- Personalized service. Our founding attorney, Gregg Hollander, personally reviews new cases and handles the intake process directly with injury victims. Throughout your case, Hollander Law Firm, P.A. will keep you up-to-date on case developments so you can make informed decisions.
- A full investigation of the circumstances. Whether you were involved in a workplace accident or a rear-end collision, an independent investigation is critical. We undertake our own investigation to identify any and all at-fault parties. Once we identify the at-fault parties, we use that information to hold them accountable for their negligence.
- Expert case analysis and support. Not only will our elite attorney provide a proven legal strategy, but we also work with South Florida’s leading experts, including physicians, engineers, and accountants, to support your case.
- Optimal recovery. The insurance company may make it difficult for you to recover the compensation you deserve. Usually, they will try to place the blame on the injury victim. If they try to blame you, our tenacious personal injury attorney will stand up for you.
When you have been injured because of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover for your losses. You don’t have to fight the insurance company alone. Reach out to our experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney today to schedule your free consultation.
How Common Are Broken Bones Injuries in West Palm?
Among Florida residents over the age of 65, hip fractures were responsible for 32% of hospitalizations in 2012. The median length of hospital stay was five days, and the median cost for such hospital admissions was almost $63,000.
Overview of Broken Bones
Open Fractures vs. Closed Fractures
Bone fractures are first evaluated based on whether or not the skin remains intact near the site of the fracture. In closed, or simple, fractures, the skin is not broken. It stays “closed” around the bone.
On the other hand, following certain accidents, the skin may be punctured or otherwise torn away to expose the bone. These are classified as open or compound fractures.
For example, a motorcyclist without appropriate protection may suffer from an open fracture in combination with road rash.
Comminuted Fractures vs. Compression Fractures
Another way doctors classify broken bones looks at the break pattern. The break pattern is important because it influences a doctor’s recommended treatment.
There are many types of bone fracture patterns. There are two types of break patterns that can cause significant pain and present treatment complications: comminuted fractures and compression fractures.
Comminuted fractures occur when a bone breaks into three or more pieces. Comminuted fractures can be either simple fractures or compound fractures.
Compression fractures also break the bone into many pieces. However, compression fractures involve the bone collapsing in on itself. A herniated disc is one common example of this kind of fracture.
How Are Broken Bones Diagnosed?
Doctors use a series of tools to diagnose broken bones. Usually, this process begins with a detailed medical history, evaluation of patient-reported symptoms, and, of course, visual inspection of the injury site.
Using these tools, doctors commonly reach a tentative diagnosis. To confirm their suspected diagnosis, doctors may order diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans.
Depending on which bone is broken, patient-reported symptoms may include:
- Swelling or fluid buildup near the injury site
- Severe pain
- Difficulty using the limb
- Strange or abnormal bumps, knots, or twists in bones
Many of these may be accompanied by redness, heat, and tenderness near the injury site, as well.
How Are Broken Bones Treated?
A broken bone needs the following things to heal:
- Good blood supply after the injury
- Stabilization (casting, splint, or boot)
- Adequate new tissue formation
In the absence of any one of these three, there can be complications in the healing process.
Treatments often focus on supporting the conditions necessary to allow the bone to heal itself.
Some factors that influence broken bone treatment include:
- Age and health of the injured party
- The injured party’s pre-existing conditions, if any
- The severity of the fracture
- The type of fracture (open, closed, comminuted, compression)
No matter which treatment method is selected, healing a broken bone is a long-term process.
After the doctor’s first evaluation and diagnostic labs, doctors usually have to track the bone’s healing progress over a series of appointments. If surgery is required, pre-op, surgical, and post-op appointments will be necessary. Even after the bone heals, patients may have physical therapy or rehabilitation appointments.
All of these appointments and treatments can add up. Injury victims will undoubtedly have large medical bills, but they may also miss time from work to attend these appointments.
At Hollander Law Firm, we work quickly to prepare broken bone cases in order to protect our client’s financial stability. Many times, we are able to secure funds for our clients before they get behind on medical bills or other essential expenses. Contact our skilled West Palm Beach broken bone attorney today for a free consultation.
What Are the Complications Associated with Broken Bones?
Many people think of broken bones as a childhood injury. A cast comes to mind, signed with a permanent marker by friends, family, and neighbors offering their best wishes.
Did you know that broken bones can lead to serious and even deadly complications?
Some complications associated with broken bones include:
- Skin sores caused by cast-wearing
- Joint stiffness
- Swelling of muscles near the injury site
- Hemarthrosis (swelling caused by bleeding directly into a joint)
Blood clots can also form from a broken bone. Even with treatment, blood clots can lead to a significant heart or brain injury, such as heart attack or stroke.
What Causes Most Broken Bones?
Broken bones are primarily caused by falling and direct trauma to the injury site.
Some causes of broken bones include:
- Construction accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
Sadly, nursing home abuse is a growing cause of broken bones and other injuries suffered by the elderly.
Many people do not realize they could have a claim against a negligent shopping center or mall for a broken bone as well. Even if a person is injured during the perpetration of a crime against them, like in a brawl or mugging, they may have a claim of negligent security.
What Damages Are Available for Broken Bones Injuries?
The compensation provided to injury victims for their financial and non-financial losses is called legal damages. There are several categories of damages.
Compensatory damages are meant to compensate an injury victim and fall into two types: economic and noneconomic.
Economic damages make up for financial losses, such as:
- Doctor’s visits
- Surgery or other inpatient or outpatient procedures
- Lost wages
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
Economic damages are usually proven by documents, like medical bills, pay stubs, and tax returns. Our organized legal team at the Hollander Law Firm will help you gather these records and calculate your economic damages.
Non-economic damages attempt to compensate an injury victim for losses that are less tangible. Non-economic damages cover losses such as:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Calculating the value of your pain and suffering damages can be difficult. We work with South Florida’s leading experts to establish the value of ongoing and future losses.
Punitive damages are meant to punish reckless and extremely negligent parties. These are not commonly awarded. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party for particularly shocking conduct and may be available in cases involving injuries caused by a drunk driver.
How Long Do I Have to File a Broken Bones Case in Florida?
In Florida, injury victims must sue within four (4) years of the date of injury pursuant to Florida’s statute of limitations. Once this deadline has passed, an injured person can lose their right to compensation.
Contact Our West Palm Beach Broken Bones Lawyer Today
We handle all types of injury claims, including slip-and-fall cases, car accidents, and workplace injuries. If you’ve suffered a broken bone injury caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, missed work, and pain and suffering. Contact Gregg Holland, Holland Law Firm’s skilled West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer, to help you fight for the money you deserve after your injury. Remember, we are available 24/7 and offer a free consultation. Give us a call today to learn more about your legal rights.