Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries

Investigating and Proving Bone Fracture and Soft Tissue Injury Claims

Personal injury accidents can result in significant trauma to bones, joints, ligaments, and other soft tissues. These injuries often result in prolonged and sometimes permanent pain.

Whether your injuries were the result of a motor vehicle accident, a workplace incident, or an accident caused by a negligent property owner, you need an attorney who knows how to investigate and prove bone fracture and soft tissue injury claims.

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Common Accident-Related Bone Fractures

Bone fractures can vary depending on the force and angle of an impact. In the most extreme circumstances, bones can even shatter. Additionally, bone fractures can result in sharp surfaces that may damage surrounding tissue. The following are among the most common types of bone fractures.

Stable fracture – In a stable fracture, the broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place.

Open, compound fracture
– This type of fracture occurs when the skin is either pierced by the bone or broken by a blow at the time of the bone fracture. The bone may or may not be visible in the wound.

Transverse fracture
– This type of fracture runs horizontally across the bone, at a right angle to the long axis of the bone.

Oblique fracture
– These types of fractures have an angled pattern and tend to occur on longer bones like the femur and tibia.

Comminuted fracture
– This type of fracture occurs when a bone shatters into three or more pieces.

Common Accident-Related Soft Tissue Injuries

Just like bone fractures, soft tissue injuries can occur anywhere on the body and can vary in severity depending on a number of factors. Soft tissue injuries commonly associated with personal injury accidents include:

  • Whiplash
  • Trauma around the cervical vertebrae
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Herniated discs
  • Joint trauma (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, or ankle)
  • Internal organ damage

Compensation for Bone Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries

Bone fractures and soft tissue injuries can result in expensive medical bills and a long recovery. A person who suffered a fracture or soft tissue injuries due to the negligence of another may consider filing a lawsuit to recover compensatory damages for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Contact an Experienced Fracture and Soft Tissue Injury Attorney

Bone fractures and soft tissue injuries can cause excruciating, long-lasting pain as well as life-altering disabilities. Further medical complications or surgeries may be necessary years later, and these types of injuries can cause permanent scarring. These injuries oftentimes are severe enough to put an individual out of work for an extended period of time and can cause as much financial trauma as physical trauma.

If you or a loved one have suffered a serious bone fracture or soft tissue injury due to a car crash, on the job injury, or unsafe premises, contact a Thomas J. Henry lawyer today. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve while you work on healing your wounds.

Our personal injury firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free legal consultation.

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Your Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following a fracture or soft tissue injury, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

Insurance companies will attempt to pay out as little as possible when resolving an injury claim. When an individual pursues compensation from an insurance company without the aid of an attorney, the insurance company may see the lack of representation as an opportunity to lowball the injured victim as there is no immediate risk of trial or legal recourse.

By hiring a competent attorney who has a reputation for achieving large verdicts in the courtroom, you are sending a message to the insurer. It will provide the insurance company with extra incentive to offer a fair settlement the first time.

If that first offer is not fair, an experienced personal attorney will have the resources and the knowledge to negotiate with the insurance company in pursuit of a better offer.

Thomas J. Henry Law offers free case reviews so that you can better understand your legal options. This means you pay nothing for your first consultation. Additionally, Thomas J. Henry Law works on a contingency fee basis meaning that if you do choose to hire us, you pay us nothing unless and until we win your case.

To learn more about what it takes to speak with an injury attorney about your claim here.

The cost associated with hiring a personal injury attorney and how payment is collected may vary from firm to firm. At Thomas J. Henry, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we don’t charge our clients a penny unless and until we when their case.

Working on a contingency fee basis allows clients access to resources and legal representation they might otherwise struggle to afford. The more serious a case is, the more money it costs to take to trial. This is because complex litigation tends to take longer to resolve and the entities involved fight harder.

This is especially true if your lawsuit is against a large company, as would be the case in a trucking accident or on-the-job injury. Such companies employ teams of lawyers and have seemingly unlimited financial resources. You need an attorney who has the same. Thomas J. Henry employs a team of more than 100 attorneys and has the money to fight your case out to the end.

Finally, by collecting any fees and expenses after a verdict or settlement is secured, Thomas J. Henry can help ensure his clients are able to focus on healing. “The client’s job is to heal. We will handle the rest,” says Thomas J. Henry.

In a contingency fee arrangement, an attorney agrees to accept a fixed percentage of your recovery as payment. This means that if you win your case, your attorney will collect their fees and expenses from the money awarded to you. However, if you lose your case, your attorney will collect nothing.

Most lawyers prefer not to work on contingency cases for two reasons:

  • There is a risk the firm will be paid nothing
  • Any payment is delayed until money is collected from the opposing party

Generally, a lawyer who accepts contingency fee cases:

  • Regularly represents clients who lack the financial resources to pay hourly attorneys fees (as is often the case for personal injury victims).
  • Is more selective about the cases they accept.
  • Is very confident in their ability to win the cases they choose to handle.

In Texas, a personal injury case is only worth what a jury is willing to award you. This is why you need an attorney who can not only prove the economic damages you have sustained due to your accident, but can also demonstrate the value of non-economic damages you may have sustained, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.

Learn more about how to estimate the value of your personal injury claim here.

When you win your Texas personal injury case, there is a multitude of damages you can recover depending on the facts of your case. From past and future medical expenses to lost wages to pain and suffering, a jury will look at the facts of your case to determine exactly what types of compensation you are entitled to.

Among the most common damages recovered in personal injury lawsuits are:

Lost wages – You may be entitled to compensation for the impact an accident or injury has had on your salary or wages. This includes wages lost due to time spent in the hospital, rehabilitation, or the loss of a job due to disability.

Loss of earning capacity – Similar to lost wages, loss of earning capacity seeks to recover income that has been lost due to an accident or injury; however, whereas lost wages is focused on salary or wages that have already been lost, loss of earning capacity seeks damages based on future income.

Medical treatment – Damages almost always include the cost of medical care associated with an accident or injury. Damages can include reimbursement for treatment you have already received as well as compensation for the estimated cost of medical care you will need in the future.

Property loss – If any of your property was damaged or lost as a result of a personal injury accident, your attorney will seek reimbursement for repairs or compensation based on the fair market value of any property that was lost.

Pain and suffering – If your injury has resulted in pain or serious discomfort, you may be entitled to pain and suffering damages. This can include pain experienced when an injury was caused, pain experienced immediately after an injury was caused, and any ongoing pain that can be attributed to the injury or accident.

Loss of enjoyment – These damages attempt to quantify loss of enjoyment in day-to-day pursuits like hobbies, exercise, and other recreational activities.
Emotional distress – Not all injuries are physical. If your accident or injury has had a psychological impact and has resulted in things like anxiety, depression, or sleep loss, you may be entitled to emotional distress damages.

Loss of consortium – Typically applied to wrongful death lawsuits, loss of consortium damages can also be sought when a severe injury has resulted in a loss of companionship or an inability to maintain a sexual relationship with a spouse. Children may also sue for loss of consortium if the injuries have significantly hampered the victim’s ability to provide care, nurturing, or comfort.

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