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Savannah Fracture/Broken Bone Attorney

Fractures can present a serious financial burden on a family. These injuries, depending on their complexity, may require surgery and rehabilitation, which leads to extensive costs. If you recently suffered an injury and believe someone else is legally responsible, contact the Savannah broken bone injury attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP today to schedule a free review of your legal options.

Your family will benefit from our firm’s experience and unmatched ability to negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement. Count on us because:

  • Our firm has more than 30 years experience and we’ve helped clients achieve settlements and judgments in 30 states.
  • We have a proven track record for success, securing several settlements in excess of $100 million for our clients.
  • We operate on a contingency-fee basis, so our clients never owe attorney’s fees unless we obtain a settlement or court judgment on their behalf.

Types of Fractures

Bones are rigid structures that can bend somewhat in response to trauma. However, when a force becomes too much, the bones will break, leading to pain and other symptoms. Fractures range in severity and come in many different types. In some cases, bones simply crack, and in others, they may shatter entirely. The most common types of fractures include:

  • A stable fracture, which tends to be less serious. Here, the broken ends of the bone line up and are easier to put back into place.
  • A compound fracture occurs when a bone pierces the skin.
  • A transverse fracture is horizontal.
  • An oblique fracture breaks in an angled pattern.
  • A comminuted fracture is among the most serious and occurs when a bone shatters into several pieces.

Fractures are common injuries. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, fractures are responsible for around 16% of all musculoskeletal injuries in the United States and 6.3 million occur each year in the United States.

Causes of Fractures

Due to the diverse nature of these types of injuries, fractures can have many possible causes. However, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons highlights the following as the most common:

  • Trauma, such as those sustained from a motor vehicle accident, fall, or while playing recreational sports.
  • Osteoporosis and other pre-existing medical conditions that can make the bones weaker and make them more vulnerable to fractures.
  • Overuse such as repetitive motions, resulting from the nature of employment or other factors.

Who Is Liable?

Determining liability for a fracture depends on the unique circumstances and factors that surround the case. Generally, fracture claims arise when another person or party commits negligence. Under the basic laws that govern personal injury, a person may collect damages in a fracture claim when the following elements apply:

  • The defendant (person allegedly responsible for the injury) owed the plaintiff a duty of care.
  • He or she violated that duty by committing negligence. In a legal sense, negligence occurs when a party does not act in a reasonable manner.
  • The defendant’s negligence was the proximal cause of the victim’s injuries.
  • The victim suffered tangible or intangible harms as a result.

Why You Need an Attorney

Fracture claims, depending on their unique nature, may involve many different sub areas of the law. For example, litigating a fracture case may require knowledge of the tort system, as well as the laws that govern Georgia product liability, premises liability, car accident law, and more. The attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP have the experience necessary to handle these types of cases. If you or a loved one recently suffered harm and believe that someone else may be responsible, contact us to schedule a free review of your legal options today.