If you have broken bones from an accident in Macon, you must know your legal rights. At John Foy & Associates, we can help you fight for compensation in an accident you didn’t cause.
We have 20-plus years of experience helping accident victims win what they deserve. We will not charge you a fee unless we win your case. We’re also available 24/7 to take your call. To learn your options during a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
How Much Can You Get in a Settlement Involving Broken Bones?
A settlement for broken bones might be tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars. The only way to know your settlement potential for sure is by talking to a lawyer.
The Severity of the Break
The details of your injuries will affect your settlement. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the severity of broken bones usually depends on the force that causes the break.
Fracture types include:
- Stable fractures where the bones are slightly out of place
- Compound fractures that include pierced or broken skin
- Transverse fractures that break at a horizontal
- Oblique fractures that break at an angle
- Comminuted fractures that break into three or more pieces
More severe fractures can require more treatment, which affects the compensation you deserve. You’ll want to include any costs of treatment in your claim.
Broken bones also require medical proof. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy to show evidence of broken bones. Medical bills, records, and diagnoses will help back up your claim.
Broken bones are rarely the only injuries from a car accident. You might have sustained internal injuries as a pedestrian after being hit by a motorist. In instances such as this, a Macon pedestrian accident lawyer would pursue additional damages.
Your total damages should factor into the settlement you request. Your lawyer can ensure you account for each loss before filing a claim.
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Getting Your Settlement Payment
If all goes well, the insurance company will offer you a settlement. The first offer is usually a lowball, so talk to a lawyer before accepting anything.
If your lawyer can negotiate a fair offer with the insurance company, you’ll get your payment.
Most insurance companies pay out settlements as a lump sum. However, there are some cases where they come as periodic payments call structured settlements.
Proving the Other Driver’s Fault
If someone else caused your accident, you’ll need to prove their fault. Georgia is a fault state, meaning the at-fault party is responsible for the costs.
After the crash, you can gather proof of the other driver’s fault by:
- Reporting the accident to Macon-Bibb County police
- Taking pictures of the accident scene
- Getting the other driver’s contact and insurance information
- Getting the names and contact information of witnesses
- Calling an experienced lawyer as soon as possible
Your attorney can help you gather the best evidence of the driver’s fault. That might include obtaining cell phone records or security camera footage to show the driver’s actions.
At John Foy & Associates, we know how to build strong cases and prove fault. If you were not at fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence.
Call us or contact us online for a free consultation today.
Partial Fault in Car Accidents
Georgia uses modified comparative negligence laws. According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-33, you can recover damages if you were less than 50% at fault.
These laws allow you to recover damages even if you were partially at fault. However, do not admit any blame for the accident without contacting a lawyer first.
It’s human nature to blame yourself after an accident. But many accident victims are surprised to find they hold no fault in their accident. Before you discuss fault or negligence with anyone, call your lawyer.
Damages You Can Expect to Recover
Your settlement will depend on your damages. Personal injury damages are any losses that result from your injuries.
There are two main types of damages:
Financial losses are your economic damages. You can prove these damages through bills, receipts, and other documents.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Prescription drug costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Vehicle damage
Broken bones can affect your finances in many ways. First, there’s the cost of medical treatment. Some broken bones take a lot of time to heal, and some have long-term consequences.
Also, accident injuries can impact your ability to work. At the very least, you’ll probably have to take time off work as you heal. Even a brief time away can significantly reduce your income.
Some accident injuries force you to take on lower-paying work or stop working altogether. A change in a job can take an enormous toll on you and your family.
Be sure to account for all financial losses from your accident. Consult with a lawyer who can help you calculate everything.
The second category of damages is more complicated. Non-economic damages can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Anxiety or depression
These damages compensate you for non-tangible losses. You don’t have to provide proof of these damages. However, you’ll need to assign them a dollar amount for compensation.
Calculating Pain and Suffering Damages
Pain and suffering damages are different for everyone. When your lawyer calculates pain and suffering, they will look at your out-of-pocket costs. Typically, a settlement request with pain and suffering will be three to five times your financial costs.
Overall, you deserve compensation for the broken bone injuries you didn’t cause. Call our attorneys today to make sure your rights are protected from day one.
Get the Legal Help You Need from a Macon Broken Bones Lawyer
If you suffered broken bones from someone else’s negligence, you have rights. Call our lawyers at John Foy & Associates to learn more during a free consultation.