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 Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve while you work on healing your wounds.

Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, 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.

There are a multitude of different types of expert witnesses, from doctors to accident reconstructionists, all playing a unique role in personal injury litigation. However, most expert witnesses fall into two categories: consulting expert and testifying expert.

Consulting experts, help explain and clarify facts so that your attorney can better understand a situation. In a trucking accident, a consulting expert may be called to provide professional insight on the intricacies of trucking regulations, which can vary by state.

While a consulting expert typically does not testify in open court, the information they provide can play a vital role in supporting your trucking accident claim.

A testifying expert is someone who will deliver testimony in the courtroom. This requires that they not only posses special expertise, but also an ability to deliver complicated information in a manner that is easily understood.

Some expert witnesses will fill both of these duties during the course of a lawsuit, consulting with your attorney privately as the facts of your case are gathered and then presenting any relevant information to the judge or jury.

An expert witness, also known as a judicial expert, is an additional witness who has expertise and specialized knowledge in a particular subject that is beyond what an average person may have.

Expert witnesses can be called upon to offer their expert opinion to the court or to refute inaccurate testimony given by the defense. Because of their expertise and high ethical standards, testimony from an expert witness can go a long way in proving your trucking injury claim.

In Texas, pain and suffering is a type of damage available in a personal injury claim, such as in an auto accident case. Pain and suffering addresses the physical and mental trauma that a person experienced in an accident, in the aftermath of the accident, and during any medical procedures that were needed as a result. In many auto accident cases, establishing significant pain and suffering is one of the most important pieces of a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

Catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, cause tremendous pain and suffering. Auto accidents oftentimes leave victims with severe, long-lasting and debilitating physical injuries that can also lead to mental and emotional injuries. In these cases, pain and suffering (physically and mentally) is often easy to recognize. However, the amount awarded for pain and suffering is ultimately left up to a jury’s decision.

In order to successfully show the extent of an injured victim’s pain and suffering, it is imperative to have thorough and exhaustive documentation of medical treatments and therapies from physicians, surgeons, nurses, and psychologists. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with this process and also help with presenting your case clearly and convincingly before a jury.

During your initial meeting with an injury attorney, you will be asked many questions regarding the accident and the injuries you sustained. You should also be prepared to ask the attorney questions of your own. It can be helpful to create a list of questions you have for the attorney prior to the meeting so you don’t forget anything when you get there.

Important questions to ask your prospective accident attorney include:

  • How long have you been practicing law in this practice area?
  • What is your track record of succeeding in these cases?
  • Do you have trial experience?
  • How much will it cost to hire you?

One of the most important questions to ask your lawyer is how they charge for services and if a consultation costs you anything upfront. Our firm offers free case reviews and charges on a contingency basis.

Before your meeting, gather all of the evidence you collected from the accident and anything that may be related to your injuries, such as:

  • Photographs of the accident scene, damage to your car and other vehicles involved, your injuries, or anything else pertaining to the incident
  • Copy of a police report or accident report
  • List of names, phone numbers, or addresses of witnesses you spoke with at the scene
  • Medical records

If you received medical attention after your accident, bring any records or documents showing the procedures or treatment you had completed, the names and contact information of the doctors or medical professionals you saw, what future treatment may be recommended, and the costs associated with your care. In addition, bring medical and auto insurance information with you, if you have them.

Other documents that you may have that you should bring to your first meeting with a lawyer include:

  • Letters or emails you received from your insurer or the other driver’s insurer
  • Name and phone number of the at-fault driver from the accident (and their insurance company’s information)
  • Contact information of any insurance company or claims adjusters that you have spoken with
  • Receipts of anything you purchased to remedy an injury or repair due to the accident

In general, bring any evidence, documents, or information related to your injuries and the accident with you to your initial consultation with your attorney. The more information you bring, the quicker and easier your lawyer can evaluate your case and provide you with the next steps to take. To keep the documents organized and to avoid losing anything, keep all of these in an envelope or folder that you can then bring with you to the law office (or wherever you meet your attorney).

If an insurance company offers you a check right away, do not sign it. When an insurance company seems overly eager to settle a claim, it is because they are trying to limit their liability or they are trying to beat out future damages that have yet to be identified. As such, many checks will include release language benefiting the insurer.

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No matter the injury or the accident, if you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of an individual or company, Thomas J. Henry is here to assist you.

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