NJ Injury Settlements for ORIF Surgery
Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is a surgical procedure used in serious fracture cases to stabilize and repair broken bones. You may require an ORIF procedure if you are in an accident victim and suffer trauma to your bones, resulting in significant injuries. At My NJ Injury Lawyer Howard P. Lesnik, Esq., I fight to ensure my clients receive the benefits they are entitled to. I am experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and representing accident victims throughout New Jersey. I understand the intricacies of NJ accident laws and fight for you so your rights are protected.
There are three bones in your ankle joint: the tibia (shinbone), the fibula (the smaller bone in your leg), and the talus (a bone in your foot). Many types of trauma sustained in accidents can damage any of these bones. A personal injury accident may be so severe that the trauma can cause the bones to move out of alignment.
If your ankle fracture is severe, you may require an orthopedic surgeon to perform an ORIF to align and stabilize your bones. During an open reduction and internal fixation surgery, orthopedic surgeons physically implant hardware, such as screws, plates, rods, wires, or nails to your bones.
Why would I need an open reduction and internal fixation surgery?
If you have been a victim in a New Jersey motor vehicle accident, tripping or falling accident, or suffered a sports injury from skiing, snowboarding or toboggining, you may suffer a severe fracture that requires ORIF to fix and heal your bones. People usually require ORIF surgery when:
- The leg bones are severely out of alignment
- The fractured bones penetrate through your skin
- The bones have been shattered into several pieces
- The bones are not stable
What type of recovery and symptoms occur after ORIF surgery?
- Pain around the fracture site and pain associated with the metal hardware, screws and rods inserted into your bones
- Nerve and muscle damage
- Future arthritis
- Additional medical costs and expenses to care for the injury after surgery
- Potential that the fracture may not heal properly, in which case you would have to undergo a second ORIF to repair and/or insert additional hardware into your bones to fix the fracture
It is critical to factor in all the costs and expenses associated with an ORIF surgery, and the aftercare associated with this severe injury when negotiating a potential settlement with the insurance company or the party responsible for your injuries. Once your NJ personal injury case settles, it is closed for good and you can never reopen again to seek compensation for future medical care or expenses. Your NJ personal injury lawyer most have the necessary knowledge and experience to engage in settlement negotiations to make sure that you are fully compensated for your pain, suffering, medical expenses and any other economic damages as a result of your injury.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury and required an ORIF surgery after an accident, you should contact an attorney familiar with handling these claims. Please see my NJ Car Accident Checklist if you are in an accident. My NJ Injury Lawyer Howard P. Lesnik, Esq. offers free strategy sessions to address any issue or questions you may have about your injury, medical bills or your accident claim.
Please contact NJ Injury Lawyer Howard Lesnik, Esq., immediately if you were involved in an accident, suffered any ankle fracture or required ORIF surgery. I personally handle NJ personal injury cases on a regular basis. Please contact me now by email, by phoning 908.264.7701, or by completing the form to the right to schedule your complimentary 30-minute strategy session.