It is impossible to determine the average settlement for broken bones in a car accident since every case is unique. Different kinds of fractures require different forms of treatment, and you may also need ongoing therapy to recover a broken bone.
A lawyer with our firm can calculate all of your losses, including ones unrelated to your medical bills, such as lost wages and pain and suffering. You want your potential settlement to include these losses so that you receive fair compensation. The last thing you want is to foot the bill later on because you accepted an early (and possibly low) settlement offer from an insurer.
Forms of Compensation That May Apply to Your Case
Your potential compensation after a car accident will depend on the severity of your injuries. A broken bone can cause both economic and non-economic losses. Take a look at the following damages to get an idea of what you may be able to claim:
Current Medical Bills
If you broke a bone in a car accident, you may have gone to the emergency room immediately after. You may have also received ambulatory care. If your fracture was serious or even life-threatening, a medical professional may have had to perform surgery within the same visit.
According to the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, some surgeries for fractures can cost tens of thousands of dollars. This does not include the cost of out-patient care or rehabilitative therapy a patient may need after the procedure.
Future Medical Expenses
If your broken bone continues to require treatment, such as physical therapy or additional surgeries, you will want your settlement to reflect this. If your broken bone forced you to make modifications to your home, you may also be able to claim this.
Fractures can take a long time to heal, and you do not want to get stuck with the medical bills associated with ongoing treatment.
If your broken bone required surgery or therapy, there is a chance you will be out of work for some time. Lost wages can eat away a family’s financial stability, especially if you are the breadwinner in your household. Lost wages is a damage you may be able to claim in a settlement.
Reduced Earning Capacity
Reduced earning capacity refers to compensation for the difference in salary you may earn if your broken bone affects your ability to work. Even if you can return to work, you may not be able to perform the same tasks you once did before the car accident.
For example, a temporary or permanent disability can change the way you work in the future. Your settlement should reflect this loss.
Pain and Suffering
Financial expenses may seem like the worst of your problems, but your pain and suffering is also a loss that warrants compensation. Broken bones are painful, and they can cause great inconvenience during the healing process. A lawyer from our firm can help you assign a dollar value to your physical and emotional anguish.
How We Can Help
You deserve to focus on your recovery after suffering a broken bone in a car accident. When we take on your case, we can handle it from beginning to end so that you do not have to deal with paperwork, communicating with insurers, or filing a legal action.
Filing Your Insurance Claim
Seeking compensation after a car accident usually begins with filing a car insurance claim. We can investigate your case to identify the liable party and file a claim with their provider.
After they make an initial settlement offer, we can assess it and negotiate for fair compensation if it does not accurately reflect your losses. We can gather the necessary evidence to establish your losses and handle all of the communications with the insurer.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If we need to, we can take legal action on your behalf. You do not have to worry about studying up on personal injury laws or dealing with the paperwork associated with going to court. We can handle all of the aspects of your case and represent you before a judge or jury.
We can also protect your legal rights by filing your lawsuit within the statute of limitations. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, we will have two years to do so, starting from the date of the accident.
It is important to act quickly, as negotiations with insurers can take longer than expected. We advise giving your case the time it deserves.
Reach Out to Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for Help
No one can give you an average settlement for broken bones in a car accident, but we can offer a free consultation to help determine your case’s worth. You can discuss your accident and discover your legal options for seeking fair compensation.
Reach out to us as soon as possible by dialing (404) 888-8888.