Breaking your leg is more than an inconvenience. Serious fractures may affect a victim’s walking ability, and they may require long physical therapy as well as result in an inability to do their job.
Car Crash Lawyers Advocating for Victims in Port St. Lucie and Surrounding Cities
Fractured or broken legs are all too frequent injuries that occur as a result of a car accident. Depending on the placement as well as the severity of the break, a fractured leg may mean that a victim is unable to work or enjoy the daily activities in which they usually participate. When another person’s careless actions result in a broken or fractured leg, that person may be held responsible for the costs that a victim sustains. The Port St. Lucie car accident attorneys at Donaldson & Weston represent victims in legal claims arising from motor vehicle collisions. Our attorneys and staff are dedicated to making sure that our clients pursue the compensation that they need to cope with their injuries. If you have been injured in a car crash caused by an inattentive or reckless driver, we can help you determine which form of legal action is right for you.
Types of Leg Fractures
Legs are made up of four bones: the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella. The femur is the longest bone, which extends from a person’s hip to their knee. The second-longest is the tibia, which is the shin bone, and it is also the most commonly broken bone in a person’s body. The fibula is located outside a person’s lower leg, and the patella is the bone known to most as the “knee cap.” A serious car accident may result in injuries to any of these bones or involve multiple breaks. The joints, such as a person’s hip or ankle, may also be affected.
Aside from which bone may be injured, a victim may suffer differing types of fractures, depending on how the accident occurs. Some common leg fractures include:
- Open fractures, in which the bone breaks through the skin;
- Complete fractures, in which bone fragments separate completely;
- Incomplete fractures, which occur when fragments remain partially together;
- Spiral fractures, which occur when a bone twists until it breaks;
- Impacted fractures, resulting from one bone being forced into another, causing the break; and
- Comminuted fractures, which refer to a break in more than one area.
A fractured or broken leg needs to be treated immediately to make sure that it heals correctly. If you have been involved in a car crash, prompt medical treatment is important to ensure that further complications do not occur.
Personal Injury Claims for Car Accident Victims
If you have broken your leg in a car accident, you may be entitled to damages for your medical costs, time missed from work, and other related expenses. To recover these damages, victims need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party, usually another driver. Negligence is present when an individual breaches an owed duty of care to an injured party, known as a plaintiff. Since all drivers owe others on the road a duty to act as a reasonable person would act under similar circumstances, a breach may take various forms. For example, a driver who is on their phone and does not see another car, resulting in a crash, may be found to have been negligent. A plaintiff must also show that the unreasonable action caused their fractured or broken leg, and damages resulted. In Florida, victims must pursue legal action within four years from the date that they suffered their injuries, or their claims may be procedurally barred.