If you have suffered a bone fracture due to a third party’s carelessness, it is critical that you hire an attorney with a track record of success and the connections to help you physically heal and maximize your financial compensation.
Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has significant experience in handling broken bone cases. We routinely assist clients in obtaining the necessary medical care they require at no up-front cost – even if they don’t have health insurance.
We maintain strong relationships with medical specialists in DFW, and our clients have access to MRI’s, X-Rays, CT scans, and state of the art diagnostics and treatment options at no up-front cost.
About Bone Fractures
Broken bones, also called fractures, routinely occur as a result of a slip and fall or motor vehicle collision. Some of the more common breaks include:
Hip Fracture: A hip fracture is a very serious and almost always requires surgical intervention followed by physical therapy. About half of those who experience a hip fracture will not return to independent living. Complications associated with immobility include blood clots in the lungs and/or legs as well as pneumonia. Women experience hip fractures more often than men and older people or those with osteoporosis are also predisposed to sustaining a fractured hip.
Pelvis Fracture: Several separate bones make up a hip level ring of bone called the pelvis. A break in any one of the bones qualifies as a pelvic fracture. The severity of a pelvis fracture is often determined by the number of bones broken. Pelvic fractures are classified as stable or unstable. In a stable fracture bones remain lined up properly. Usually only one bone has been fractured allowing the ring to keep its shape. An unstable fracture usually features multiple breaks in the pelvic ring and the broken bones move away from each other. Pelvic fractures resulting from high-speed or high-force injuries are often unstable and require emergency medical treatment.
Broken Clavicle: A broken clavicle is also called a broken collarbone. The outermost area of the clavicle – located near the shoulder tip – is routinely broken in falls or during a direct impact such as a car collision. The vast majority of collarbone fractures occurs in the middle third of the bone and usually results from falling with an outstretched arm. Thankfully, in most fractured collarbone injuries the bones stay in close proximity together although open fractures are possible. In major impacts a portion of broken clavicle can even penetrate the upper lung.
Broken Skull: A broken skull is a severe injury and is often associated with brain damage. Swelling, bleeding from the ears or nose, and bruising to one’s face are common symptoms. Skull fractures are classified as open, closed, depressed or as a basal fracture. In a depressed fracture the skull is indented or extended into the brain cavity. Basal fractures occur at the skull floor and involve areas around the nose, ears, or eyes. Most skull fractures do not require surgery and will heal on their own, but surgery is necessary in some cases involving depressed fractures or basal fractures.
Broken Wrist: A broken wrist is incredibly painful. The wrist is comprised of eight small bones which connect to the radius and ulna. The most common bone to break in the wrist is the radius. A wrist fracture is associated with swelling, pain, and difficulty with range of motion. A cast or splint is often all that is required but surgical intervention is necessary with comminuted fractures or open fractures.
Broken Arm: Your arm is made up of three bones called the radius, humerus, and ulna. If you break one or more of these bones you have broken your arm. A broken arm most often results when falling onto an outstretched hand. Simple breaks may heal with only ice, rest, and a sling. A more complex break, however, could require surgery and the placement of wires, screws, plates, etc. to heal.
Broken Ankle or Foot: Three different bones can be fractured in the ankle: the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tips of the fibula and tibia are known as malleoli. Breaks can happen numerous different ways but a direct blow and/or a sharp ankle twist are the most common mechanisms of injury. Some ankle fractures will heal with a case or splint if the bones are aligned properly. The typical recovery period is 4-8 weeks. If the bones are not aligned properly surgery is likely. Experiencing a fracture in your ankle makes it likely that you will develop some degree of post-traumatic arthritis in your joint. A calcaneus fracture is a very serious and occurs when someone’s heel is crushed. A severe fracture can take years to heal.
Spinal Fractures: Fractures of the spine are not uncommon in cases involving falls or other trauma. A fracture / dislocation of vertebrae in the spine is significant. The most common type of fractures are compression fractures and chance fractures. Compression fractures involve tiny cracks in the vertebrae resulting from a sudden downward force collapsing the body of the vertebrae. Multiple compression fractures can result in a loss of height or a curved back. In a compression fracture only the front part of the vertebrae is crushed resulting in a wedge shape. If a very significant force is involved the vertebrae can be crushed in all directions and bone fragments may enter the spinal canal. A chance fracture is a horizontal fracture whereas a burst fracture involves disruption of the posterior vertebral body cortex. A chance fracture is also commonly referred to as a seatbelt fracture. Chance fractures are more severe injuries than a compression fracture. Fractures are typically identified through X-Rays, CT scans, or MRIs. A brace alone may allow someone to heal from a compression fracture although some fractures will require fusion surgery or less invasive surgeries such as kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty.
About six million US citizens break a bone each year. Many broken bones are caused by car wrecks, work accidents, slips and falls, and physical assaults. Repetitive use at a physically demanding job can also wear your bones down over time and eventually cause them to break.
Types of broken bone injuries include:
- Fractures – Partial cracks in your bones that don’t penetrate all the way through.
- Stable break – The ends of your bones remain aligned, despite being broken.
- Compound – Part of your broken bone penetrates through your skin.
- Transverse – The break runs horizontally.
- Oblique – The break runs at an angle through your bone.
- Linear – The break runs parallel to the longest side of your bone.
- Comminute – Your bone is shattered into at least 3 fragments, and possibly more.
- Displacement – Your bone twists to a strange angle.
- Impacted – Broken bone fragments run into one another.
Common broken bones include your collarbone, arms (about half of all broken bones in adults happen in arms because of drivers bracing themselves for an impact), ankles, and feet.
Treatment for broken bones can be as simple as getting a cast and resting. But it can also include surgery and the insertion of plates and screws (as in the case of comminute breaks).
And it can even get as serious as multiple surgeries and amputation. Even with prompt and proper medical attention, broken bones can still result in permanently disabling conditions.
Broken bones typically take 6-8 weeks to heal. However, they can take longer if you have a condition like osteoporosis. But, recovery time can also run shorter for children.
If you experience a broken bone of any kind, you’re wise to seek medical care promptly. It gives you the best chance of a fast recovery and minimal pain. And it helps you establish evidence if it was someone else’s fault.
If you have one or more broken bones and another person or company is at fault, contact Mullen & Mullen Law Firm for a free consultation. Get a discounted 29% contingent attorney fee on cases not requiring litigation (compared to the industry standard 33.3%) if you mention this special offer on first contact.
There is never a fee unless our lawyers win your claim. And we can get you medical care upfront with no out of pocket even if you don’t have health insurance.
A few examples of settlements obtained by Mullen & Mullen Law Firm:
$574,000 Settlement for calcaneal fracture in Dallas, TX
$300,000 Settlement for broken ankle in Forney, TX
$132,500 Settlement for broken bone in The Colony, TX
$132,500 Settlement for fractured clavicle in Frisco, TX
$123,500 Settlement for toe stress fracture in Dallas, TX
$23,000 Settlement for ankle bone contusion in Allen, TX
Joseph R. Morrison is the Senior Associate Attorney at Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Dallas, TX, where he represents people personally injured due to the negligence of others. He was recognized by VerdictSearch for obtaining a Top 5 Premises Liability verdict in the State of Texas, and has been quoted in the ABA Journal.