A broken bone can range from a painful annoyance to a debilitating injury. Whether you’ve suffered a broken from an auto accident or you fell in a supermarket, suffering a broken bone because of someone else’s negligence can create huge financial setbacks. It can also leave you in pain for weeks, months or even permanently.
You may have to miss work while you recover – just as your medical expenses start piling up.
California law may entitle you to financial compensation to help you pay your medical bills, recover lost wages, and offset other costs you’ve incurred because of your broken bones.
Accidents happen. While some accidents are truly unforeseeable, sometimes a broken bone injury is caused by circumstances that were totally preventable. Sometimes innocent people are hurt because of someone else’s reckless or careless actions – or another person’s inaction.
Many people believe that if they break a bone, they have no choice but to pay for their own medical expenses. However, in certain circumstances, you may be able to demonstrate that someone else is at fault for your injury; if that’s the case, you could be eligible to collect financial compensation for your injury.
Personal injury law exists specifically to help victims like you.
In many cases, the person responsible for your injury is liable for paying for the damages you’ve incurred.
A person (or, in some cases, a company) whose negligence caused your broken bones can—and should—be held legally accountable for your expenses.
The law may compel a negligent party to compensate you for your pain and suffering, lost wages and mental anguish. A person or business is negligent if his or her carelessness, recklessness or lack of action causes harm to another person.
Depending on the circumstance of your accident, you may be able to collect damages from:
In certain cases, you may even be able to sue the government.
You could be awarded compensatory damages, punitive damages or a combination of both. Compensatory damages are designed to pay for your injuries and other expenses, while punitive damages are designed to punish the guilty party.
If the courts find the defendant is responsible for your fracture injury, you could be eligible for compensation for:
Nobody can predict how a judge will rule, but sometimes we can get an idea about where your settlement will go by evaluating past case results.
Ideally, though, your case will settle out of court – and if that happens, you won’t need to appear in front of a judge or jury.
The reality is that most broken bone injury lawyers are able to negotiate fair settlements with insurance companies and at-fault parties outside the courtroom. That’s good for victims, because it means they’re not exposed to the stress of trial.
However, a talented personal injury lawyer isn’t afraid to go to court and fight for your rights if the insurance company or at-fault party isn’t willing to compensate you fairly or accept responsibility for what they’ve done.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a broken bone because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, the law limits the time you have to file a claim.
The sooner you contact us and tell us your story, the sooner we can investigate your case and determine the best way to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call us at 916-303-2800 for a free case evaluation. We will help determine whether you may be eligible to receive damages under California law, and we can provide you with case-specific legal advice.
You don’t have to suffer through this alone. We’re here to help.