You’ve have limb injuries and have been involved in a serious car accident, workplace accident, or a slip and fall case and you wonder how you can receive damages after your doctor tells you that you have sustained broken bones or will have to have a limb amputated due to accident complications.
These are words that nobody wants to hear, especially if you are young and worry about how you will return to your career or continue on with everyday life now that you have sustained such serious injuries.
Luckily, at the McGuire Law Firm, we are here for you when it comes to recovering in one of these serious accidents.
Common Reasons for Broken Bones
There are many reasons for limb injuries, broken bones or bone fractures stemming from serious accidents, some of which take place on a long-term level or result in permanent effects you might not have expected.
Here are a few reasons:
- Car Accidents: When you have been involved in a car accident, there are many types of injuries that are more common than others – including broken bones and fractures. You could be thrown around inside the car or even be ejected from the vehicle at any time, which can cause fractures when you land.
- Bicycle Accidents: Though bicyclists might have loads of protective gear, that doesn’t mean they aren’t vulnerable to very serious accidents, especially those involving a vehicle. You could easily suffer from a skull fracture, facial fractures, rib fractures, and more.
- Falls: Falls can happen on sidewalks, inside businesses, and in the workplace. You could receive finger, hand, and wrist fractures that lead to long term effects and treatment.
- Sports: Sports and other types of recreation can lead to sudden and traumatic accidents involving broken bones as well.
The truth is, many people don’t understand the extent of their limb injuries until they are facing a doctor who is telling them that they could see the effects of this injury for the rest of their lives. In fact, there are many factors that could lead to a fracture or broken bone taking an extended time to heal, such as the location, previous injuries sustained in that area, age of the patient, and the severity of the trauma from the accident.
Yes, it is true that we have very knowledgeable physicians and more who understand the ins and outs of treating broken bones and might be able to get you the results you deserve. You may be out of work for some time as you wear a cast or receive extensive treatment that will allow you to avoid complications down the road.
In other cases, your break may be more serious than that and could leave you with breaks that will not properly align. If this occurs, you could require multiple surgeries to the area, which could lead to permanent scarring or other complications like infections and more. In the worst cases, your limb injuries stemming from an accident could be so serious that a limb, such as a tibia or a fibula, could be rendered useless and your doctor will treat this with limb amputation.
Complications From Amputation
Amputations, of course, are seen as “last resort” treatments in many cases, because there is a higher risk of complications than other treatments. In fact, amputations can cause life-threatening symptoms like heart complications, blood clots, infections of the surgical site, and more.
In fact, many people who have procedures for an arm or leg amputations will find that, down the road, they may need other surgical procedures on top of the initial repair. So, not only is it possible that you will face short-term complications, but you could also suffer long-term complications if your wound opens or you have skin breakdown and more.
There are also many psychological effects that stem from amputation procedures. You may feel negative thoughts and emotions now that you no longer have use of an arm, leg, or another appendage. In fact, many people feel depression, anxiety, denial, PTSD, and more. This is because it may be difficult to live on your own after you have lost a limb and you might not have been able to return to your everyday life such as enjoying time with family or returning to work.
Negotiating Your Case
Though it is impossible to tell just how much you will be able to receive in damages when it comes to a broken bone or amputation case, one of our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys can help you work toward the compensation you deserve in your time of need as you suffer on a physical, emotional, or financial level.
If you have suffered from broken bones and amputations, you will likely be able to receive economic damages, which will help you on a financial level after you have been struggling to make ends meet like many do in your situation.
This means that you will receive compensation for aspects like medical bills, lost wages from missing work, and all other out-of-pocket costs. If you have received multiple surgeries or you need assistive devices to get around the house, these are likely costs that you will be compensated for so that you can move forward.
You may also be able to receive non-economic damages depending on the outcome of your injuries, such as your livelihood after you have received broken bones or amputation, your personality traits, and how you suffer on an emotional level now that you are unable to do certain things on your own. Perhaps you are somebody who once led a very active life and you are unable to do so now that you have lost a limb.
If you are suffering from broken bones and amputations after a car accident, construction, slip and fall, medical malpractice case and so many other types of personal injury cases, we want to speak to you as soon as possible.
We understand that these injuries can result in permanent effects on the rest of your life and want to help you compensate as soon as possible at the McGuire Law Firm. Contact us today so we can get started on your case at (405) 513-5658.