With an estimated 21 million people living in the state of Florida, car crashes are bound to occur [Source: United States Census Bureau]. In 2017 alone, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that there were 402,385 crashes reported, with an average of 1,098 occurring each day of the year. Among those involved in these wrecks, approximately 254,310 suffered injuries. One type of injury that many car accident victims are left with are fractured legs.
If you or a member of your family was recently involved in a collision in Fort Lauderdale, FL which resulted in you suffering a broken leg or another type of injury, it is best you contact a FL accident lawyer as soon as possible who can assess your case and provide you with legal advice.
Understanding Leg Injuries and How They are Treated
When you suffer a broken leg, or fracture in a car crash, your doctor will classify it as either a “simple crack in the bone” or a “complete break” which is when the bone is broken into several pieces [Source: WebMD]. Fractures are also be identified in one of two ways: a simple fracture or a compound fracture. When the fracture is considered to be “simple,” it means the bone has broken but didn’t protrude through the skin. However, a compound fracture “is when the broken bone [has actually pierced] through the skin.”
While most car crash victims are aware of when they suffer a broken bone, some injuries aren’t as obvious. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms mentioned below, perhaps you should visit your physician to have your leg checked to be sure you didn’t suffer a fracture.
- You notice that your leg bends at an odd angle.
- You are unable to stand or put weight on the leg.
- You struggle to move it or bend it at the knee or foot.
- You notice bruising, swelling, or redness in the leg.
When you are transported to the hospital for a leg fracture or you recently noticed some of the symptoms mentioned above which prompted you to schedule a visit with your physician, they will take an x-ray or use another type of imaging test to determine where the leg suffered a break and how severe it is. Now, there are a few ways physicians mend broken bones. The common forms of treatment include:
- Using a cast made of either plaster or plastic to hold the broken bones in place after your physician has put them back together.
- Using “artificial parts like metal screws or rods” if your physician determines it is too difficult to keep the broken bones still in order for them to heal properly.
- If your bones need to be pulled in order for them to stay aligned, your physician might use a method called traction which uses “weights, lines, and pulleys installed over your bed.”
How long does a broken leg take to heal?
It all depends on how severe your injury is, however, WebMD highlights that it could take several weeks or even months for a broken leg to fully heal. If you are younger and healthier, your injury will likely heal faster than someone who is a bit older.
Am I entitled to recover compensation if I broke my leg in a car accident?
Generally speaking, yes, you are entitled to recover compensation for a broken leg after engaging in a car crash in Fort Lauderdale, however, it depends on the type of insurance you have along with who the liable party is in the matter. For instance, if you were at fault, then you would need to file a claim through your own insurer. You may be able to collect compensation for your injuries under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. You may also be entitled to receive compensation if you chose to purchase additional coverage that is not required of you to carry.
Now, if another driver was at fault for causing the wreck, then you could pursue their insurer for compensation up to the limits they have purchased. And if that isn’t enough, which it may not be if you suffered a compound fracture and are expected to have to go through therapy and rehab, then you always have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit. Because most car collision victims aren’t exactly aware of how much they are entitled to recover after an accident, it is always a good idea to consult with a Fort Lauderdale, FL accident lawyer first before agreeing to any settlement or collecting a check.
The accident attorneys at Madalon Law are some of the most experienced lawyers in the field and would be happy to assess your case and determine how much your injury entitles you to receive and what form of action should be taken in order to collect this amount. To schedule an initial consultation with a legal expert as Madalon Law, call 954-923-0072 today.
You can reach Madalon Law at:
100 N. Federal Hwy CU5
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301