It is likely that at some point in your life you will experience a broken or fractured bone. It could have been while doing something innocent like falling off the monkey bars as a kid or it could happen later in life from a fall. However, while broken bones are seen as a pretty common injury, it doesn’t make them any less serious. Bones are there to keep a solid structure to your body as well as to protect your organs in some cases. By breaking them, you not only end up with an incredibly painful injury, but one that often takes a long time to heal. This can often impact and impede your life, leaving you unable to function as you once did until the healing is done. Even then, broken or fractured bones can result in permanent damage as well if they do not heal well.
Broken Bones: Life-Disrupting Injuries
While breaking a bone never feels great, the biggest issue is that they are injuries that disrupt your life. When you break a bone, it doesn’t just heal up in a few days. In fact, you could lose use of that bone for weeks while it is on the mend. For legs, that means you cannot walk without the help of crutches, and for arms that means you could have difficulty typing and doing a number of normal functions. Even moving around with a broken bone can be painful.
It is because broken bones have such an effect on your life that it is utterly baffling on why they are not taken more seriously. If your bone was broken in the result of an accident that was due to the negligence of another, you shouldn’t just let it slide. A broken bone means the loss of normal function for weeks.
Why Broken Bones Are Considered Minor By Insurance Companies?
When you have a break or a fracture in an accident, you might be surprised to find that most insurance companies treat broken bones like they are simple scrapes. They are not as serious as a brain injury, paralysis, or death, but a broken bone is certainly more serious than a small cut. The truth is that the way insurance companies treat broken bones is just a simple cost-cutting measure. Insurance companies want to keep costs as low as possible, this means they try to make some injuries seem more minor to you. However, broken bones are as serious as any other injury because they can result in the following:
- Medical expenses, both initial and future
- Wage loss from inability to do your job
- Reduced future earning potential from loss of function
- Pain and suffering
As these broken bones can have very serious consequences, you should make sure they are treated as such. No matter if it is a broken arm that keeps you from doing your job to the best of your ability or a fractured rib that resulted in a punctured organ or difficulty breathing, every break deserves compensation. This is why even if you were injured in an accident, you may want to consider contacting a lawyer to represent you to insurance companies. A good personal injury attorney knows that a broken bone can have long-lasting effects on your life. They also realize that because broken bone injuries are so common, an insurance company will try to play it off like it is no big deal.
If you have been hurt in an accident in the Oshkosh area that resulted in a broken bone and worried that you aren’t going to get the compensation your injury deserves, contact us today. The Harnitz Law Office is dedicated to representing the rights of Wisconsin’s injured citizen to make sure they get fair coverage for all their injuries.