Open Fracture Recovery Can Mean Extended Time Away from Work and Large Medical Bills
Seen frequently in the aftermath of a car collision, open fractures (also referred to as compound fractures) that do not heal properly or become infected require a significant amount of medical treatment over an extended period of time—meaning such an injury can result in an extended time away from work and the accumulation of large medical bills that may challenge your budget.
Negligent car accidents that result in injuries like open fractures that leave victims unable to work, in need of extensive medical care, or even disabled due to complications may be entitled to financial relieve through the filing of a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver (or in reality the at-fault driver’s insurance company) who caused the injury.
While your insurance company as well as the at-fault driver’s insurance company will seem helpful enough, remember that insurance companies are notorious for paying out as little as they can possibly get away with when it comes to injury compensation. In addition, when dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, keep in mind that the obligation of the insurer is to the person they insure, not you. Consequently, any offer they make to settle that hasn’t been vetted through your own Portland accident lawyers is probably too low.
In fact, it’s probably a good idea to consult with qualified Portland accident lawyers before providing a statement to the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim. However, if you do find yourself communicating with an adjuster about your accident without the presence of an accident lawyer, here are some suggestions about how to handle that interview.
- Answer any questions posed about the accident briefly. Do not go into detail and do not provide the adjuster with any extemporaneous information. Make your answers brief and to the point.
- If you aren’t 100 percent sure of the exact answer to any question asked, just say you don’t know. If you feel compelled to say anything you aren’t positive about, qualify your statements with words like as best as I can recall, about, approximately, etc.
- Do not disclose specifics in relation to time, distance or speed; and don’t hypothesis about any detail of the accident. If a wrong conclusion is reached through the answer you might give, your chances of being compensated appropriately for your injuries could be compromised.
Whether we wanted to see it or not, most of us were subjected to last weekend’s gruesome injury of University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware in news and sports reports that replayed the event over and over again. In case you somehow missed the incident, just as Ware leapt to block a shot during Sunday’s NCAA Final Eight basketball tournament, he fell, breaking his right tibia in two locations and forcing the bone to protrude some six inches outside his leg. Halting the game while emergency crews attended to him, teammates vomited and teary-eyed coaches and fans looked on, Ware’s accident still didn’t prevent the Louisville team from moving on to the next round of the tournament.
As for Ware, doctors say that while he has a lengthy recovery ahead of him, the injury will not end his basketball career. Ware’s injury, medically categorized as an open fracture, was noted by one Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital physician to be an injury commonly seen in car accidents, but rarely seen in sports accidents. Portland accident lawyers at Shulman DuBois LLC, on the other hand, are highly familiar with open fracture injuries due to exposure to the many car accident victims they assist with personal injury claims. A serious injury according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, an open fracture has a high risk of taking a long time to heal and develop complications since the fact that the bone breaks the skin leaves victims susceptible to infection.
Shulman DuBois LLC is a Personal Injury Firm That Helps You Get the Compensation You Deserve
If you have been injured in a car accident in Portland, whether you suffer from an open fracture or some other type of injury, the Portland accident lawyers at Shulman DuBois LLC invite you to contact them for assistance with your insurance claim or to file a personal injury lawsuit. As Portland accident lawyers with a record of obtaining large compensations for seriously injured clients, Shulman DuBois LLC is a personal injury firm you can count on to get you the compensation you deserve.