A broken bone is an injury, also called a fracture. We see many types of injuries in motorcycle accidents, and a broken bone is an injury often worth as much as $500,000 to $1,000,000 or more (See Results for some of our settlements).
Types of fractures frequently seen in motorcycle accidents:
What will happen after your bone heals?
When representing a motorcyclist, it’s extremely important to look not just at the current injury but at what will happen to the injury in the future.
Fractures involving a joint such as a wrist, elbow, hip, knee, or ankle will develop traumatic arthritis. This will significantly impact you later in life.
Broken bones often cause other injuries within 1-3 years. For instance, an ankle fracture can later cause a knee injury and a hip injury either on the same side of your body or on the opposite side of your body.
Your settlement must reflect the possibility of your future injuries.
This study concerns the characteristics of lower-extremity injuries among motorcyclists and the cost of different types of lower-extremity injuries and long-term disabilities that might result from these injuries.
The broken ankle in the image below resulted in other significant long-term and future injuries. Soon after the injury, pain in the opposite hip was experienced because of limping. Traumatic arthritis developed and continued to worsen not only in his ankle but in the opposite hip and then the other hip.
The motorcyclist’s doctors were recommending ankle fusion, but the motorcyclist was trying to avoid such significant surgery. The motorcyclist may require ankle replacement in the future.
This photo shows the motorcyclist’s broken ankle with external fixation. The broken ankle required surgery which was performed using a fixating device from the outside of his ankle and leg. This case settled for 6 figures even though the motorcyclist was very drunk at the time of his motorcycle accident, and the insurance company claimed he caused the accident.
The x-ray below shows internal fixation for a fractured forearm. Internal fixation is where plates are used to hold the broken bones together. The plates are installed using screws to anchor the plates to the bone. The x-ray shows a surgically repaired fracture at the base of the forearm.
This injury resulted in long-term residual problems, including a nerve injury that caused his thumb to lock. This nerve injury can worsen in the future with continued irritation and cause significant difficulty performing daily functions because of the thumb locking up. It can even cause another accident when the thumb locks up unexpectedly. Future traumatic arthritis will also worsen the injury. The surgery to repair a broken bone results in a large scar which is also a significant part of the case.
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Robert Plevy, Esq. is a motorcycle accident lawyer and one of the Personal Injury Dream Team™ Founding Partners at 1-800-HURT-911® New York. Robert began his legal career in 1993 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel defending The City of New York against personal injury lawsuits.