There is no way to determine the average settlement for a broken wrist car accident. The outcomes of these claims can vary widely, even when accident victims suffer similar injuries. The settlement value will depend greatly on several factors, including:
- The severity of the injury
- Harm suffered in addition to the broken wrist
- How long recovery takes
- The type of treatments required
- The liable party’s level of fault
In some cases, a broken wrist is a relatively minor injury. In others, it can cause life-altering nerve damage, and the victim could lose full use of their hand. The latter claim would likely have a much higher value. Our personal injury law firmprovides free consultations so victims can learn more about this type of claim and the potential settlement value.
Understanding How Insurers Value Wrist Injuries After a Car Crash
As a general rule, when a crash victim suffers a more severe injury, their case will be worth more. This means that the person who requires surgery will likely have a claim with a much higher fair settlement value than someone who recovered fully after wearing a brace for six weeks.
While there are exceptions, those with certain types of fractures may have a more valuable case because of injury severity and the extent of treatment and recovery. Examples include:
- Intra-articular fracture, meaning the break involves a joint
- Comminuted fracture, occurring when the bone breaks into more than two parts
- Open fracture, where the bone comes through the skin
- Displaced fracture, which requires action to locate and reposition bone fragments
Treatment for a Broken Wrist
When a bone breaks, the treating physician must realign the fractured parts and keep them in place until fully healed. This could be as simple as casting the arm, or it may require several surgeries. Your doctor will put a treatment plan in place that considers:
- The type of break you experienced
- Where the break occurred
- Your age and medical history
- Your activity level and job tasks
- Other factors
Long-Term Effects of a Broken Wrist
Accident victims may suffer nerve damage, ongoing pain, limited range of motion, or other long-term effects of a wrist fracture. These injuries can be especially limiting when they involve the wrist of the dominant hand. Some people suffer serious, lasting disabilities and significant pain because of this type of injury.
If this is true for you, you will want to work with an attorney who can call in experts to prove your limitations. Doing so could help you seek compensation beyond your current medical expenses. You could recover for pain and suffering, reduced earning ability, future care costs, and more.
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Recoverable Damages in a Car Crash Claim Based on a Broken Wrist
By filing a car insurance claim against the driver who caused your crash, you will be able to seek compensation for your damages. You should not have to pay your medical care and other expenses out of your pocket.
Recoverable damages in your claim could include:
- Medical bills, current and future
- Lost wages while you missed work
- Diminished earning capacity if you cannot go back to your job
- Car repairs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Disability or disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Other intangible losses
What Is the Process for Recovering Compensation in My Case?
Before you can file an insurance claim to recover compensation, you will need to gather evidence to support your right to recovery. You will need to prove:
- What caused the crash
- Who is legally liable
- What injuries and losses you suffered
- The value of your damages
To this end, you will need to collect any evidence you can. For example, if your fractured wrist swells and bruises, take pictures and save them as evidence of your injuries, pain, and suffering. If you work with an attorney from our firm, we will offer guidance about documenting your injury and handle building the claim for you.
After you have solid support for the insurance claim, you or your attorney will demand a just payout from the insurer. Doing so usually leads to settlement negotiations in which we will fight for a fair and just payout on your behalf.
Lawsuits Are Only Occasionally Necessary in Car Accident Cases
It is sometimes necessary to sue the at-fault driver in a car crash case. Your attorney will prepare the paperwork and file it in your local civil court if so. Filing a lawsuit could lead to additional settlement negotiations or trial.
There is a limited time to sue, depending on state law. In general, the time you have to file is as follows:
- Alabama: Two years per Ala. Code § 6-2-38
- Arkansas: Three years under Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-105
- Louisiana: One year per La. Civ. Code Art. 3492
- Mississippi: Three years under Miss. Code Ann. § 15-1-49
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