In this blog, we have covered different types of accidents and injuries, including severe head injuries or brain trauma. However, one of the most common issues facing accident victims are those involving the use of an orthopedic surgeon and rehabilitation. In other words, damage to the legs and arms is one of the most frequently-seen damages stemming from auto, truck and motorcycle accidents. Plaintiffs enduring sports injuries and those recovering from botched operations may also need the services of an orthopedist as well – services which can quickly become extremely expenses.
What are the most common orthopedic injuries following an accident?
In an auto accident, broken or fractured foot bones are extremely common. If a driver has his foot firmly planted on the brake at the time of the accident, the perpendicular nature of the foot versus the pedal can result in an immediate break upon impact. As you may have seen, immobilizing a broken foot can require weeks wearing a ski-boot-type apparatus, followed by months of rehabilitation.
Other common orthopedic injuries following an accident include broken femur or arm, fractured elbow or trauma to the hip and pelvis. Depending on the nature of the injury and the health of the victim, these bones can take several weeks or months to heel. As many patients can attest, certain broken bones never really heal and fuse precisely as they once were, require adjustments to routine or even a change in profession.
How can a personal injury attorney help with my orthopedic injury?
The basic goal of every personal injury case is to place the plaintiff back in the position he would have been in had he not suffered the injury. In the legal world, this is referred to as “making the plaintiff whole.” While a personal injury action can never make the plaintiff truly whole again in the physical sense, it can certainly result in much-needed financial restitution to pay for medical bills, make up for lost wages or compensate for decreased quality of life.
Certain damages are available to a successful plaintiff regardless of the nature of the injury. These are known as specific or economic damages. Specific damages are those that are easily quantifiable with invoices, medical bills and other solid documentation of money spent. When preparing for your case, be sure to submit every bill you’ve received that is related to injuries incurred as a result of your accident.
Other damages are available to those plaintiffs who suffered severe, life-changing injuries that significantly altered their life and routine. These damages are known as general, non-economic damages. Not every jury is willing to award this type of verdict, but when they do, the amount can be sizable. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish or loss of consortium.
If the defendant’s actions in your case were especially heinous and demonstrated a calculated disregard for the safety of others, the court may be willing to award punitive damages. Punitive damages are available on a limited basis and are designed not only to punish the defendant for his actions, but to deter others from engaging in similar activity.
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If you sustained severe orthopedic injuries as a result of an auto accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. For information about this process, contact our office for a free consultation today.