Broken Arms & Legs
Some of the most obvious injuries from a car, bicycle, pedestrian, or slip and fall accident can be a broken arm or leg. In Colorado, the value of a broken arm or leg after an accident is high, because it is usually an injury that can be shown in an image, like an x-ray, as opposed to having to have a doctor explain it. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our personal injury lawyers in Boulder have represented dozens of accident victims who have suffered broken arms or legs from the trauma of an accident. Our injury attorneys know the value of these types of cases, and our experience in settlement negotiations and the courtroom has allowed us to achieve the best financial recoveries for our clients. If you have suffered a broken arm or a broken leg from an accident, we invite you to call our team today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your case.What is the Value of a Broken Arm or Broken Leg?
A common question we get from our clients is how much is a broken arm or leg worth? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including:
- How severe is the fracture
- how has the broken bone impacted your life
- are you prohibited from doing certain activities
- was surgery required to fix your broken bone
- how much work did you miss
- do you have scarring
- is the scar visible to others
- what does your future look like – are you more likely to develop arthritis;
- do you have a physical deformity (e.g. one leg shorter than the other now?)
- and many others
Generally speaking, fractured arms and legs are the result of significant trauma. Trauma usually means that the impact from the accident was significant, and the accident was extremely dangerous. As a result, when our Boulder personal injury attorneys show the insurance adjuster things like photos of the crash, demolished vehicles, scarring, etc., insurance companies have a valid belief that people will easily feel the danger that the negligent driver caused. Hence, a case like this is a risk to an insurance company and they will pay more money to avoid that risk.
A good Boulder personal injury lawyer knows how to leverage this type of evidence for maximum impact on decision-makers. In short, a picture is worth a thousand words, and an accident that resulted in a broken arm or broken leg should be in the first few pages of a demand or presentation to a jury. We have had more than one case where we present x-ray images of hardware that had to be used to fix the broken arm or leg, and insurance companies understand that they will have to work to get the case resolved in a fair way.
With that said, some fractures do not require surgery and are relatively benign in that while there may technically be a broken bone, if it is not very severe than those cases usually are worth less than more severe cases. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, we are happy to evaluate your case at no charge and let you know our opinion on where it falls in terms of financial value.Working Hard to Recover from Your Injury is Important
In Colorado, even if your accident was because someone else was careless, you still have a duty to “mitigate” or reduce the effect of your injuries on your life. For example, we have represented several clients who have had to have open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries to repair their broken bones. After a surgery like that, where metal rod or plate has been installed to fuse two parts of a broken bone, often times several months of intense physical therapy is required to give a victim the best chance of a full recovery.
A good Boulder personal injury attorney will advise you that, even though it might be hard to do, it is worth the time and effort. Not only will this help you get better, but if you were told by a doctor to do certain things – and then ignore that advice – it can be held against you and hurt the value of your case. This is why working with an experienced lawyer can greatly benefit you in staying on tract both to ensure a strong recovery, but also a fair financial recovery.Call Us Today
At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, our personal injury lawyers can help you if you have suffered a broken leg or a broken arm after an accident. We invite you to call us today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation with our experienced legal team. We can meet you at your home, at our office in Lafayette or Denver, or at a neutral location that we both agree on.