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 personal injury 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.
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.
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.