Do I Need to Retain a Car Accident Attorney for a Broken Bone in Los Angeles?

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Do I Need to Retain a Car Accident Attorney for a Broken Bone in Los Angeles?

Breaking a bone is not always a catastrophic injury, but it’s never fun. A broken bone is often accompanied by pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and even bleeding. Even if your life is not necessarily put in jeopardy, a broken bone can majorly disrupt your financial and professional situation.

If a car accident has put you in a vulnerable position because of a broken bone, it may be time to call Los Angeles broken bone from car accident lawyers. You may deserve compensation if the accident was caused by someone else and you’ve suffered economic damages.

Of course, you are always welcome to schedule a free case evaluation with our Los Angeles car accident lawyers. Simply fill out our form, and we will arrange a time to get together and discuss the event. But if you’d like a little more information before committing to a meeting, keep reading. This post is for you.

How Car Accidents Cause Broken Bones

Because of the force and speed at which vehicles move, even a mild accident can result in serious injuries. And a human bone can break whenever a force that exceeds its strength is placed upon it. 

So if you’ve broken a bone in a car accident, you are not alone. Millions of people are injured in car accidents in the U.S. every year. Broken bones in car accidents usually stem from one of the following scenarios:

  • You were thrown backward or forward in the car
  • You were thrown out of the car
  • You were hit with an external object
  • Your body was compressed during the collision
  • Your body hit the interior of the car with serious force
  • Any of your limbs were bent or twisted in painful ways during the collision

Car accidents can break or fracture your wrist, arm, leg, femur, skull, clavicle, or any other bone. If that has happened and left you with mounting medical bills and more, get in touch with Los Angeles broken bone from car accident lawyers.

How to Know if You Have a Broken Bone

Sometimes, a broken bone is an obvious diagnosis. Other times, it’s not quite so clear. If you are a recent survivor of a car accident and are not sure whether your injury requires medical attention, use the following information as a guide. 

The most obvious signs of a broken bone are swelling, pain, and disfigurement. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, you should visit a doctor. You may also have experienced any of the following at the time of or after the accident:

  • You felt or heard a snap 
  • You feel pain when you put pressure on, move, or touch the injured area
  • The area looks abnormal or deformed
  • You see bone poking out through the skin

Sometimes, a broken bone isn’t a clean break. If the bone was fractured, it could be increasingly difficult to see how serious the injury is. If you have lingering pain and believe there’s a chance the bone is broken, make a visit to your local emergency room or urgent care center.

What to Do if You’ve Broken a Bone

Has it become increasingly clear that the injury is indeed a broken bone? If so, we strongly recommend that you seek medical care. Fractures and breaks will not heal properly on their own. You must schedule an X-ray so a doctor can get a good look at the location and severity of the break and make recommendations for treatment.

While you are pursuing treatment, keep a careful and diligent record of your treatments and expenses. If you believe that the accident was caused by someone else, this information could come in handy later on. After you’ve sought immediate medical attention, reach out to a Los Angeles broken bone from car accident lawyer. 

How Long It Will Take to Heal

Deciding whether to file a lawsuit or claim will depend on how much the injury costs you. A big piece of the puzzle is how long it ultimately takes the bone to heal. More visits to the doctor, more time for treatment, and more time at being less than your best will end up costing you more. 

Oftentimes, fractured or broken bones can be treated simply with a splint, brace, or cast. But in some cases, more serious treatments like surgery are required. Ideally, you can expect a broken bone to heal within eight to ten weeks. But for more severe injuries, the timeline may be closer to 20 weeks.

If you are starting to worry about the increasing medical bills and any lost wages that you are experiencing because of the injury, it may be time to think about your legal options. Los Angeles broken bone from car accident lawyers will advise you on how best to proceed. 

How to Know if You Need a Lawyer

If you are still on the fence about whether to call a lawyer, we understand. Deciding to pursue a lawsuit can be intimidating. We’ll walk you through the decision-making process below. 

Keep in mind that even if another driver caused your car accident, there is no guarantee that you will get the full amount you deserve. Insurance companies have been known to use tricks to get victims to make statements that ultimately affect the value of their claims. 

With a lawyer on your side, you’ll be able to move forward with confidence that every detail will be taken care of. If you want to hold the negligent party accountable, an attorney can help you by doing the following:

  • Speaking to your doctor and obtaining medical evidence and records
  • Acquiring the help of expert testimony or accident reconstruction specialists
  • Speaking with any witnesses to the accident and gathering other evidence
  • Obtaining a copy of the police report

With these details in line, you’ll be better prepared to make your case for a bigger insurance claim or settlement. With a Los Angeles broken bone from car accident lawyer, your chances of getting the full payout you deserve will be stronger. 

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  • What Should I Do After an Accident?

    The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be a bewildering time. But it is so important that you follow the proper steps to keep people safe and protect your own rights. First, you should call 911 as soon as you are able. Make sure to request a police report. 

    Then, if you can, you should obtain the names, numbers, and information of any other drivers or witnesses. If you have your phone on you, take photos of the scene, your injuries, and any damage to your vehicle.

    Then, seek immediate medical attention. And once you have taken yourself out of harm’s way, call an attorney to discuss your next best steps. 

  • What if I Am Partly to Blame for the Accident?

    Even if you are partly to blame for the accident, you may still be entitled to a settlement because of California law. 

    California is a comparative fault state. This means that your losses will be reduced by whatever percentage of the fault it’s determined you carry. So if you sustained $10,000 in losses but were 20% at fault, you would still receive $8,000 in damages. 

    This is different from many other states; in California, you are allowed to pursue compensation unless you are determined to be 100% at fault for the accident. So even if you are only entitled to 1% of the losses you accrued, you could technically still pursue that amount in court.

  • What if I Wasn’t Wearing a Seat Belt During the Accident?

    In California, you are required by law to wear a seat belt when traveling in a vehicle. However, your failure to follow this law does not affect your ability to file a lawsuit if you have been injured in a car accident. 

    However, you should keep in mind that this information will be considered relevant throughout the process. Ultimately, you could receive less of a settlement than you would otherwise be entitled to.

  • Should I Speak to the Other Driver’s Insurance Provider?

    After an accident, it’s not uncommon for you to receive phone calls from the other driver’s insurance provider. Although you are well within your rights to take the call and describe your experience with the accident, doing so may not be in your best interests.

    Instead, it’s better to ask either your own insurance provider or your hired legal counsel to speak with the provider instead. That way, nothing you say can be taken out of context and used to decrease the amount of money you are entitled to. 

    If the other driver’s provider has asked to record your call, simply refer them to your lawyer and end the conversation. 

  • How Much Will a Lawyer Cost?

    The cost of a lawyer is a common concern for anyone pursuing a claim after a car accident injury. After all, if you are struggling to manage medical bills and lost wages, can you really afford to hire an attorney to help you through it all?

    Fortunately, the right attorney will not demand any payment unless a settlement is reached. At Morgan & Morgan, we like to say that The Fee Is Always Free because we don’t require any payment until the case is won. 

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    Ready to schedule a meeting with a Los Angeles broken bone from car accident lawyer? Fill out this online form to request a free case evaluation.

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