Fractures & Joint Injuries Lawyers in NYC
Most people don’t realize how important every single bone and joint in the body is until they lose the ability to move one. The body is a well-oiled machine, with all components working carefully together to allow easy and pain-free movement. When a part of the body sustains an injury, it can immobilize the victim. Fractures and joint injuries can result in missed days at work, substantial medical costs, and a great deal of pain and suffering. With help from our attorneys, you may be able to recover for these losses and more.
Did Negligence Cause Your Injury?
Bone fractures and joint damage are two of the most common injuries involved in impacts, such as vehicle collisions or sports accidents. Bones can only withstand so much pressure before they crack and break. Car accidents, slip and falls, crush injuries, and objects striking the body can all result in painful broken bones. Joint injuries and dislocations can stem from the same causes. After a traumatic accident results in broken bones or joint damage, find out if someone else’s negligence is to blame. Ask yourself these four questions:
- Did the defendant (the offending party) owe me a duty of care at the time of the incident?
- Did the defendant breach his/her duty of care through some act of negligence, carelessness, or recklessness?
- Did the defendant’s breach of duty directly cause my fractured bone or joint injury?
- Did I suffer real damages as a result of the accident?
These are the four elements an injured party needs for a successful negligence claim. If you answered “yes” to all four questions, you probably have grounds to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for the accident. Our lawyers can help explain each of these four elements and come up with a strategy to prove them in front of a judge or jury.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Not all bone and joint injuries culminate from a single traumatic event. Some occur slowly, over time. Years of performing the same tasks at work, such as working on an assembly line, typing, or lifting heavy objects, can eventually result in repetitive motion or stress injuries. It may take years for a worker to discover or begin to feel these injuries. If you have a fracture or join injury from repetitive motions at work, you could file a workers’ compensation claim in New York. This will result in medical bill payment and partial recovery for any lost wages. You could also file a personal injury claim.
Don’t assume you’re ineligible for recovery because you contributed to your own injuries. For example, if you never learned how to type correctly and ended up with a carpal tunnel diagnosis after years at a desk job, your employer may be to blame for lack of training. New York is a comparative negligence state, which means you could still recover even if you contributed to your injuries. A workers’ comp claim will still deliver benefits since fault does not matter (unless your own horseplay or reckless actions caused an injury). There are things your employer may have done to prevent these types of injuries, such as investing in ergonomic workstations. Whether your injury came from a traumatic event or developed over time, give us a call. We can help you recover your damages.