Columbia Fractures Lawyer
Fractures are one of the most common types of serious injury. Whether you broke a bone during a fall, or were injured during a T-bone in a busy intersection, we can help you recover your damages stemming from medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and more. The Columbia fractures injury lawyers at Simmons Law Firm can help you negotiate these difficult times by seeking out the liable party, investigating the cause of the incident, and holding them responsible by filling a claim with their insurer.
Cost of a Fracture
Fractures greatly range in medical expenses, and depend greatly on the location of the fracture, the type of fracture, the victim’s age and health, surgical treatment, and more. Lost working productivity should be added on top of the medical expenses when estimating the “cost” of a fracture, and a study published in the National Library of Medicine found that the average direct and indirect costs of a radial (wrist) fracture, which are common among fall victims, is about $3,500, whereas the average hip fracture cost $13,000. Most other fractures, such as tibia, femur, and humerus, fall somewhere between that range. Other medical costs that may impact the fracture include:
- Infection from surgery, or infection if the fracture was a compound fracture (broke the skin);
- Number of places the bone was fractured;
- Type of fracture (according to South Shore Orthopedics there are ten major types of fractures: Transverse, spiral, greenstick, stress fracture, compression, oblique, impacted, segmental, comminuted, and avulsion.
- Length of physical therapy;
- Success of physical therapy;
- Whether or not future surgeries are needed;
- Degree of strength and mobility the patient needs to resume their pre-injury life. For example, an older sedentary adult with a desk job may not require the same type of return-to-function that a college athlete would require.
Surgical and Non Surgical Treatment of Fractures
Depending on the type of fracture and the other characteristics of the injury, the following medical treatments may be used to heal the fracture, according to Medical News Today:
- Metal (usually titanium) plates and screws;
- Intramedullary nails/rods placed in bone cavities;
- External fixings.
In some types of fractures, the patient may require an entirely new joint replacement, such as a hip replacement.
Damages in a Fracture Injury Claim
- Medical bills;
- Future medical expenses;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Pain and suffering;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning capacity;
- Property damage; and
Fracture Injury Accidents
- Car collisions;
- Truck collisions;
- Pedestrian injuries;
- Bicyclist injuries;
- Uber and Lyft collisions;
- Motorcycle collisions;
- Defective or dangerous products;
- Slip and falls;
- Work injuries; and
- Other types of premises accidents.
Contact a Columbia Fracture Attorney Today
Fractures can be incredibly painful, debilitating, and costly. Moreover, there is never a guarantee that the victim will return to full health following their recovery. If you were injured in a traffic collision, fall, premises incident, or other accident in which another party’s negligence caused the fracture, it is in your best interest to talk to an attorney. Call the Columbia fracture attorneys at Simmons Law Firm today at 803-779-4600 to schedule a free consultation.