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The Long-Term Consequences of a Broken Bone: How to Protect Your Recovery After an Attack

Fractured bones can result from a negligent security assault

The attack—and your injury—never should have happened. Yet the lack of security in the parking lot or building created the right environment for a criminal to assault you, and it was during that assault that you suffered a broken bone. While you are grateful that you lived through the criminal attack, you are worried about what your broken bone or other injury is going to cost you now and in the future.

Recovering From a Broken Bone

Many broken bones will heal with proper care, which may include surgery, rest, and physical therapy. However, some broken bone injuries are more complicated and can result in more significant ongoing issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the long-term complications from a broken wrist, for example, may include:

  • Ongoing stiffness or aching long after surgery. This may be an ongoing problem that could be severe enough to interfere with your daily activities.
  • Osteoarthritis. Fractures that go into the joint may make you more likely to develop arthritis.
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage. If you notice numbness or circulation problems, then you should get immediate care.

Thus, if you have broken your wrist during or an attack—or while trying to escape an attack—then it is important to discuss your recovery and long-term health risks with your doctor.

Who Will Pay for Your Recovery?

It is unfair that you should have to shoulder the financial consequences of someone else attacking you. However, it is unlikely that the person who hurt you has the resources to pay for your injuries.

There may be a third option.

If the property owner failed to provide reasonable security at the time of your attack, then he or his insurance company may have to pay for the current and future costs related to your broken bone injury. This may be a considerable help to you now and in the future. It is an option that you should fully explore.

To begin learning more about your rights, please read our free book, Negligent Security: What You Need to Know About It, and please contact us via this website to schedule your free personal consultation with an experienced lawyer.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham