There is no standard or average settlement amount for a broken arm in a car accident because every personal injury case is unique. The amount of damages you may recover depend entirely on the severity of your injuries and how they will affect your life going forward. You also have to be able to prove the other driver’s negligence led to your injuries.
Medical Issues That Can Affect the Amount of Your Settlement
The term “broken arm” can encompass a wide range of injuries to the arm, all involving fractured bones. Some of the issues that can affect the settlement value of your injury claim for a broken arm in a car accident include:
- The severity of the fracture. A simple, clean break is very different from a compound fracture with a jagged portion of the bone penetrating the skin.
- The number of fractures. A single crack in a bone is usually less troublesome than multiple fractures.
- The location of the fracture. This detail can affect the settlement value of the injury claim because a fracture at a joint or at the end of a bone might cause more long-term problems than a break at a different place.
- The medical treatment needed. You are likely to get a higher settlement for a broken arm that required surgery, pins, plates, or other invasive treatment than for a fracture that only needed a cast.
- How well the broken arm healed. Sometimes an injury responds well to treatment. For some injuries, however, you have to try one type of treatment after another to achieve the maximum level of healing.
- Complications. Broken bones are prone to complications. You might develop an infection if the bone pierces the skin. You could experience an adverse reaction to a medication. You might develop an allergic reaction to the metal the surgeon implants to stabilize the bone. The joint could also fail.
- Amputation. If your arm got crushed in the accident, the doctor might have to amputate the arm.
- Exacerbation. If you had a previous injury to your arm, this fracture might worsen the earlier condition and cause a far more severe problem than the broken bone otherwise would. The at-fault party is responsible for the harm you actually suffer, not just what the average person would experience.
- Your prognosis. We will use your long-term picture as one of the factors in determining the settlement value of your injury claim. We will explore things like whether you will have full use of your arm after your doctor releases you from treatment. We will also explore whether the fracture will cause chronic pain or impair your strength, endurance, flexibility, and range of movement.
- Other injuries. When a person sustains a fracture in a car accident, they often have other injuries, as well. The force needed to break a bone is usually intense enough to cause other harm. Those injuries will get added to your settlement claim.
These items are some examples of factors that affect the amount of compensation you could pursue for a broken arm from a car accident. The details of your situation will determine which of these factors apply.
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Past and Future Lost Wages
People seldom go back to work the same day that they break a bone in a collision. We can add to your claim the amount of wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of regular income that you lost because of the fractured arm.
If you have to reduce your working hours or take a lower-paying job because of ongoing issues with your arm, you may qualify for compensation for reduced earning capacity. This financial hardship can be included in your settlement calculation.
Other Types of Losses from Car Accidents
The American Bar Association (ABA) says that in addition to your medical bills and lost income, you might be able to recover compensation for other losses. Depending on the facts of your case, you might be eligible to seek damages for things like pain and suffering, disfigurement, and disability.
The term pain and suffering refers to the physical discomfort and emotional distress you endured from injuries and medical treatments. Disfigurement typically refers to significant, permanent scars, especially ones located in highly visible places, like the face, throat, chest, or arms.
What Can Happen if You Wait Too Long
Please do not wait too long to take legal action for your losses. In Georgia, we only have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit, according to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
If you miss the deadline, you will lose the right to hold the negligent party responsible for the harm you suffered. Negotiating with the insurer does not extend the time limit.
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If we take your case, we will not charge upfront legal fees. At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, our compensation comes out of the settlement proceeds or award at the end of the matter. This allows us to begin working on your case immediately and at no risk to you.