Bone fractures are some of the most painful and potentially debilitating injuries a person can sustain. Also referred to as “broken bones,” fractures occur when an external force causes a person’s bone to break. Bone fractures can take many forms, including transverse, oblique, comminuted, or impacted. The potential symptoms of a broken bone may include pain, bruising, swelling, and deformity.
In addition, fractures have the potential to result in serious medical complications including infection and chronic pain. When people sustain broken bones because of someone else’s negligence, victims may be able to recover for their losses by bringing a personal injury claim against the party or parties that are responsible. Retaining the services of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney is the best way to ensure that you receive the maximum possible compensation for your injuries.
There are many potential ways that a broken bone can result from a preventable accident. Some of the more common causes of bone fractures include the following:
Certain groups such as young children or older adults are more at risk than others for bone fractures. Of particular concern for older adults are hip fractures and the complications that may result. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 258,000 people over 65 admitted to hospitals because of hip fractures in 2010 alone. Hip fractures can be particularly dangerous for older adults due to a significantly elevated risk of fatal complications. In addition, a third of adults who lived independently prior to a hip fracture spend at least 1 year in a nursing home after their injury.
Property owners or others responsible for the maintenance of a property have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe for others. When accidents that cause broken bones occur on someone else’s property, premises liability law may allow victims to recover for their injuries. Some of the more common dangerous conditions that can result in broken bones are listed below.
In certain situation, a slip and fall or other type of accident causing a broken bone may occur on property maintained by a local or state government. This could mean a public sidewalk, university, school, park, or other publicly owned or maintained property. In these cases, special legal rules apply that may significantly limit the amount of time in which you may file a claim as well as the amount of compensation that you may recover.
As a result, it is extremely important that people who sustain broken bones on premises owned by the government consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after an injury. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.