Houston Broken Arm Injury Lawyers
One of the most frequent fractures seen in a personal injury case in Houston is a broken arm. The forearm is made up of two bones – the radius and the ulna. In many cases, both bones are broken. Forearm fractures can occur anywhere on the forearm, meaning near the wrist, in the middle, or closer to the elbow.
A fractured bone could mean a slight crack, or a solid break all the way through each bone. If you or a loved one have suffered a broken arm or any other serious injury in Texas, contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. for a free case evaluation.
Causes of Broken Arms
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of broken arms, along with falling on an outstretched arm while working at a construction site in a workplace injury, or a direct blow to the radius or ulna.
We have many clients in Houston who have been injured in car accidents. Their arm can be broken in many ways. If the driver side of the victim’s car is struck by an oncoming vehicle, then the victim’s arm can easily be broken. It also almost always results when the arm is pinned between two objects, which is a common occurrence in car accidents.
While broken arms are one of the most common injuries, they can result in significant pain and suffering as well as physical impairment.
Broken arms can result from various serious accidents including:
- Workplace accidents – Workplace falls and equipment misuse in Texas often result in fractured bones.
- Motorcycle accidents – We rarely represent a motorcycle accident victim in Houston that has not suffered a broken arm or other fracture.
- Slip and Falls. In addition to back injuries, broken arms are common in slip and fall cases as victims often try to break their fall with their arms and suffer a fracture.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents – Like motorcycle accident victims, pedestrians and cyclists that get hit by cars are almost certainly going to have broken arms or other fractured bones.
Treatment for a Broken Arm
There are more than 3 million broken bone injuries every year in this country. Government studies have also shown that the most frequent injury caused by airbags is to the arm and the most common type of broken arm in adults is that of the forearm.
After being set and put in a cast, it can take from 6 to 10 weeks for a broken bone to heal. Even then, there can be lasting effects of the break that can affect a person’s ability to perform the same activities and tasks as before the accident which caused the injury.
What Compensation is Available for a Broken Arm?
This is a common question that we get from our clients in Houston. Assuming there is clear liability in an accident case, the compensation which one can seek for a broken arm includes:
- Pain and suffering experienced both when the break occurred and during medical treatment.
- The type of broken arm – certainly a compound fracture is more traumatic and the healing time is much worse than a hairline break.
- Any limitations upon activities while the bone is healing
- Medical expenses incurred
- Any permanent limitations on activities caused by the injury. Sometimes, simple fractures heal with no lasting effects. Other times, there can be permanent limitations caused by the injury. For instance, if there will be lasting problems with hobbies, sports or employment, a jury is entitled to evaluate all of these problems and award compensation that is appropriate.