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December 04, 2023

Bone Fractures in Car Accidents

What to Know If You Suffered a Broken Bone After an Accident

Car accidents frequently result in serious injuries, including bone fractures. Broken bones can be devastating causing irreparable harm to a person. In many cases, a broken bone may make it difficult for an injury victim to return to work or complete their daily activities. If you sustain a bone fracture in a car accident, you need to speak with an attorney. 

At Denlea & Carton, LLP, our lawyers will help you understand your rights after a car accident. If you are seriously injured, you may be able to pursue damages outside of the state’s no-fault insurance limitations. If your bone was fractured in a car crash, contact our office at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Are Bone Fractures Considered Serious Injuries?

New York is a no-fault insurance state, meaning that most cases go through a person’s own policy regardless of what caused the accident. In order to file a lawsuit against a negligent driver, you must generally reach the state’s “serious injury threshold” codified under the Consolidated Laws of New York Section 5102(d)

New York’s serious injury threshold includes injuries resulting in:

  • Death
  • Dismemberment
  • Significant disfigurement
  • Fracture
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Permanent loss of an organ, body function, or system;
  • Permanent or significant limitation of an organ or member; or 
  • An injury or impairment that prevents a person from performing substantially all of their normal activities for at least 90 of the 180 days following the accident. 

Because of their potential to be debilitating, bone fractures are considered serious injuries. Depending on the severity of the break, you could have to undergo surgery or endure months of painful physical therapy to regain the full use of the area where the bone broke. 

Which Bones Are Most Frequently Fractured in Car Accidents?

Almost any bone can break during a car accident. Even low-speed collisions can cause severe fractures. The impact can also cause bones to shatter, resulting in years of treatment and potentially leading to dangerous complications.

Most frequently broken bone injuries in a car accident:

Any broken bone can cause substantial damage. It may deeply impact your life, making it nearly impossible for you to do things without assistance. Your medical bills will likely be extensive. You should not have to pay out of pocket for someone else’s mistake or wrongdoing. 

Did You Suffer a Bone Fracture After a Car Accident?

If you suffered a bone fracture after a car accident, contact our office at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free case evaluation. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Negligent drivers must be held accountable for their wrongdoing, particularly when it causes serious harm to you or your loved one. 

Unrepresented injury victims frequently settle their cases for less than they are worth. Do not settle for less. Call now to speak directly with an experienced member of our legal team.


James R. Denlea

Jeffrey I. Carton

Robert J. Berg

Lindsey Leibowitz

Amber Wallace

John Leifert

Craig Cepler

Steven Schoenfeld

Stan Sharovskiy

Phil Smith

Martin McCann

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