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My Arm Was Broken in a Car Accident: Should I Hire an Attorney?

Posted May 19, 2022 by Matt Boulton

Sustaining a broken bone in a car accident is always a big deal. Although broken bones gradually mend, they might not heal properly and can have a lasting impact on both your performance and your life. Complications like nerve pain, blood and bone infections, and decreased mobility can also arise.

If your arm was broken in an auto crash, contacting an attorney can help protect your rights. This remains true even if a doctor diagnoses the break as a hairline fracture or a contusion. Even seemingly minor breaks can result in major and potentially permanent problems.

Why Contacting an Attorney Now Is Better Than Waiting

There are many reasons to hire an attorney after any car accident. Seasoned attorneys are adept in negotiating with claims adjusters. At Boulton Law Group, we can take care of these important conversations for you so that you’re never at risk of making statements or taking actions that might jeopardize your outcome. Having an attorney ensures that:

  • You don’t make the grave mistake of settling your claim too soon
  • Account for all of your losses in settlement negotiations
  • You’ve got quality representation if your claim has to go to court

With a broken bone or any other physical injury, it’s important to start this process right away. Contacting an attorney now rather than later will make it easier to draw a clear line between the harm you’ve sustained and the event that has caused it. If you put things off for too long, insurance companies may argue that other factors caused or exacerbated the injury.

Getting the Right Medical Care If Your Arm Was Broken

Initiating a personal injury claim with the help of an attorney also ensures that you get the best and most needs-specific medical care. When another party is responsible for your injuries, none of the related medical treatments should be paid for out of your own pocket. However, until settling your claim, certain therapies and treatments require upfront spending. Many medical doctors and alternative medicine practitioners are willing to take contingency payments when attorneys are involved. This means that they’ll wait till your settlement has actually arrived before settling your account. Thus, with an attorney, it’s often easier to access treatment if your arm was broken from:

  • Chiropractic doctors and integrative chiropractic clinics
  • Physical therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Acupuncturists and acupressurists

Receiving comprehensive medical care provides solid, documented evidence for your claim. It also ensures that no secondary issues are overlooked. Although a broken bone might seem like a localized problem, it can actually have widespread effects. You may suffer from excess stress and tension in your other arm due to increased reliance upon this appendage while your broken bone heals. Depending upon the nature of the break, you may have nerve pain, dysfunction in nearby joints, or even general health issues as your body fights to repair itself. All of these things and the additional pain and suffering they cause should be accounted for in your settlement.

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How Can an Attorney Help If Your Arm Was Broken in a Car Accident?

Broken bones are life-changing, even if only temporarily so. This is all the more true when the bone that’s been broken affects your ability to use your arm. These injuries can result in:

  • Missed wages
  • Lost professional opportunities
  • Extensive medical bills
  • Secondary health issues
  • Temporary or permanent loss of mobility
  • Short-term or chronic pain

When negotiating your settlement on your own, you may overlook factors that should be accounted for in your compensation. An attorney will make sure that you do not. With the guidance of the Boulton Law Group, you can also avoid common missteps that result in either insufficient compensation or absolutely no compensation at all.

Attorneys Account for the Mental Health Effects of Broken Bones Too

Attorneys also account for the mental health effects of injuries that result in broken bones. Breaking your arm in a car accident remains pretty serious. Serious and life-threatening car accidents are a common cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you’re nervous to get back behind the wheel of your auto, or if the very thought of driving floods you with panic, you have the right to seek counseling and to include the costs of this treatment in your claim as well.

Why You Should Never Settle Before the Cast Comes Off

As the victim of a personal injury event, you have just one opportunity to get the compensation you deserve. If you settle too soon, you can never return for additional cash. This can be incredibly problematic if your arm doesn’t heal properly, if full mobility isn’t restored, or if your broken bone has caused long-term nerve damage.

Unfortunately, even though claims adjusters know the potential for continued pain and suffering, and continued medical bills, rarely do accident victims settle early on. Although having cash in hand right now might seem essential, settling too quickly can leave you without options and essential resources later on.

Waiting until your cast comes off and the success of your treatment has been assessed is absolutely critical. If you need additional treatments at this time, you have the option of including these extra costs in your claim if you haven’t settled out.

Learn More About Hiring an Attorney If Your Arm Was Broken in a Car Accident

Claims adjusters can be aggressive. They can also be friendly and incredibly convincing. Now matter how they present themselves or state their cases, one thing is sure: they’re working in the best interests of the insurance companies that have hired them and not your own. Getting an attorney after sustaining a broken bone in a crash will give you the assurance that someone is always working to represent your best interests.

At the Boulton Law Group, we handle cases like these throughout the state. We’re skilled in helping our clients get the best possible outcomes for their personal injury claims. Moreover, if we have to, we’ll help you pursue justice all the way to court. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Matt Boulton

Author Matt Boulton

Attorney Matt Boulton is an award-winning personal injury attorney with more than 25 years of experience helping seriously injured people throughout Indiana. He designed his firm for the client who expects exceptional service and passionate, successful legal representation.

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