How Much Should I Settle for a Broken Arm in Massachusetts?
There are many questions a personal injury will be asked through the course of their day. One of the most popular ones is, “what is my case worth?” Another similar question is, “how much is a fair settlement offer?” Both of these questions often stem from a broad range of injuries and accidents. In the article below, we focus on settlements for broken arms. Broken or fractured arms are serious injuries that often result from slip and fall accidents or high-impact automotive vehicle crashes.
There is no “ideal” settlement when it comes to serious injuries. The average settlement for a broken arm, wrist, forearm, or hand will depend on the severity of the injury, the permanency of the injury, and its impact on the victim’s life. A clean break that heals in six weeks is probably worth substantially less than an injury requiring several surgeries and months of physical therapy.
Before accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company, your case should be evaluated by our experienced Boston, MA personal injury lawyers. Our office will calculate your economic and non-economic damages while evaluating the legal strength of your case. Without understanding what your case is worth or its legal strength, it is impossible to judge if a settlement offer is fair. To review your case, call the Law Office of John J. Sheehan at (617) 925-6407.
Massachusetts Personal Injury Claims and Fractured Arms
The human arm consists of three major bones, the humerus, radius, and ulna. When one of these bones suffers a crack or breaks into two or more pieces, the injury is called a fracture. In many cases, the amount of your settlement will depend on what part of your arm suffered an injury.
Upper Arm Fracture
Your humerus is the long bone between your shoulder and elbow. If your upper arm suffers a direct impact, your humerus could fracture. The amount of force necessary to fracture a humerus could be generated in a car accident or from a high-impact fall. In some cases, the humerus could break if the arm is severely twisted. In this case, you should contact an experienced Boston car accident lawyer. This type of injury often occurs when someone attempts to break their fall by stretching out their arm. When the bone undergoes the forces of a severe turn, the break curves around the bone. While rare, these types of fractures are very serious.
A low-impact or small amount of force is unlikely to break the humerus. However, pre-existing conditions could weaken the bone, making it more susceptible to fractures or other injuries.
In most cases, a fractured humerus will require a brace or sling. These types of injuries rarely need to be repaired surgically. However, if your injury is serious enough to warrant surgery, your potential recovery should be significantly increased due to the medical expenses and additional pain and suffering. On the other hand, if your bone was weakened due to a pre-existing condition, your potential compensation could be reduced.
Even though surgery is rarely required, upper arm injuries are typically considered more serious and worthy of slightly more compensation than lower arm fractures. This stems from the fact that upper arm fractures are more likely to result in permeant disabilities or limitations.
Lower Arm Injuries
Two bones make up the forearm, the radius and the ulna. Each of these bones extends from the elbow to the wrist. The ulna is located on the outside of the arm or the side of your pinky finger. In contrast, the radius is on the side of your thumb. When your forearm is fractured, it could be one bone or both. Generally, broken forearms are caused by a direct impact to the lower arm or by falling on the arm at the wrong angle. These types of injuries are most often sports-related.
The average settlement for a fractured forearm depends on the severity of the injury and whether it results in any permanent limitations or disabilities. If you suffered a clean break that heals quickly, your potential settlement would be less than if the break persists to the day of your trial. Additionally, you might expect a larger settlement if you fractured both your radius and ulna instead of just one of the bones.
Factors That Affect the Value of A Broken Arm Case in Massachusetts
When valuing a broken arm claim, our Wakefield personal injury lawyers will usually focus on two factors, the severity of the injury and its impact.
The first factor is the type, location, and severity of the fracture. As discussed above, a broken upper arm is typically worth more than a lower arm fracture. If you suffered multiple breaks, you could expect a higher settlement. Our office will use your medical treatment, records, and expenses to calculate the damages associated with the severity of your break. In some cases, expert medical testimony might be necessary.
The second factor our office will consider is the impact the injury had on your life. There is no exact calculation or formula to determine your pain and suffering damages. If you are working with an insurance company, compensation for pain and suffering will usually be based on your medical expenses. However, a similar injury is likely to impact different individuals differently. Should need an attorney who will aggressively advocate for your compensation.
Our Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorneys Will Evaluate Your Broken Arm Case
Every personal injury case presents its own unique set of challenges and difficulties. While a claim arising from a broken arm might appear straightforward, numerous factors and complications could impact your potential compensation. At the Law Office of John J. Sheehan, our dedicated Cambridge personal injury attorneys do not believe you should settle for less than you deserve. If you have suffered a broken arm in a car crash, slip and fall, or another type of accident, our office will aggressively fight to maximize your compensation. Call (617) 925-6407 to schedule a free appointment.