Antelope Valley Clavicle Fracture Lawyer

The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming, especially when coupled with a severe injury like a broken collarbone. Medically known as a clavicle fracture, this painful injury often arises from car accidents. It requires significant recovery time and potential medical intervention. 

Here at Kuzyk Law, we understand the complexities of clavicle fracture cases and how they can significantly impact your life. Our team of experienced California-based attorneys possesses a deep understanding of car accident laws and their application to clavicle fracture injuries. 

If your fractured clavicle stems from another driver’s negligence, seeking legal counsel from a clavicle fracture lawyer is crucial to securing the compensation you deserve.

Remember, you shouldn’t have to navigate the legal complexities alone while recuperating from a painful injury. Contact Kuzyk Law today for a consultation.

Understanding Clavicle Fractures in California

The Fragile Shoulder Support:

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety in 2021, over 156,000 people were injured in car accidents in California. While specific data on clavicle fractures isn’t readily available, national estimates suggest approximately 5% of car accident injuries involve broken collarbones. 

Your collarbone, the clavicle, acts as a vital support for your shoulder, but its location makes it prone to fractures in car accidents. Head-on crashes, side impacts, and even rollovers can snap this crucial bone, potentially impacting thousands of Californians each year.

Beyond the Break:

The pain and limited movement are just the start. Clavicle fractures can lead to:

  • Treatment: Depending on the fracture’s severity, treatment can range from slings and pain medication to surgery and long-term rehabilitation. 
  • Financial Burden: Medical bills, lost wages due to missed work, and potential future care costs can create significant financial strain.
  • Long-Term Effects: In some cases, complications like nerve damage, chronic pain, and limited mobility can persist, impacting daily life and earning potential.

In California, the legal system recognizes the significant impact of car accident injuries like clavicle fractures. If you’ve suffered such an injury due to another driver’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for the various ways this accident has affected your life. 

Legal Considerations for Clavicle Fracture Cases

Clavicle fracture sets in after a car accident. But the physical discomfort is only the beginning. When another driver’s negligence caused this injury, legal complexities arise, demanding a clear understanding of your rights and options. 

Establishing Liability:

Demonstrate the other driver breached their duty of care (safe driving) through actions like reckless driving, speeding, or distractions. Evidence like reports, witness statements, and accident reconstruction is crucial.

Seeking Compensation:

If you successfully establish liability, you can pursue various types of compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. 

Compensation: Pursue damages for medical care, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage. Experienced legal help maximizes your recovery.

Damages: Quantify your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injury, the extent of your medical expenses, your lost income, and the emotional impact. 

An experienced attorney can help you accurately assess your case’s value and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Kuzyk Law’s Approach to Clavicle Fracture Cases

At Kuzyk Law, we understand the unique challenges of clavicle fractures. We go beyond any personal injury law firm, offering specialized expertise tailored to your injury.

Specialized Expertise

Our team comprises seasoned attorneys with extensive experience handling clavicle fracture cases exclusively. This in-depth focus allows us to immerse ourselves in the nuances of these often misunderstood injuries. 

Our attorneys go beyond generic personal injury, focusing solely on clavicle fractures. We understand the nuances of these injuries and maximize your compensation chances.

Client Advocacy

At Kuzyk Law, we believe in more than just legal expertise. Client advocacy is the cornerstone of our practice. We’re your supportive voice, guiding you through the legal process with empathy and transparency.

Contact us today for a consultation and let us fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. We’ll handle the legal complexities while you focus on healing. 

Common Causes of Clavicle Fractures

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents are a leading cause of clavicle fractures. Head-on collisions, side-impact crashes, and rollovers can all exert enough force to snap the fragile bone. In these scenarios, establishing liability often hinges on proving the other driver’s negligence. This might involve demonstrating Reckless driving. Distracted driving or Failure to yield right of way.


Falls represent another common cause of clavicle fractures. While seemingly ordinary incidents like slipping on a wet floor or tumbling on uneven terrain can be harmless, they can also lead to severe injuries. Determining liability depends on specific circumstances:

  • Property owner negligence: If the fall occurred on someone else’s property due to a hazardous condition they knew about or should have known about, they may be held liable.
  • Workplace accidents: If the fall happened at work, workers’ compensation may cover medical expenses and lost wages, regardless of fault.

Defective Products

Sometimes, faulty products contribute to clavicle fractures. Defective seatbelts in car accidents, malfunctioning sports equipment, or improperly designed machinery at work can all lead to these injuries. Product liability claims can be pursued against manufacturers or distributors for compensation in such cases.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians struck by vehicles often sustain clavicle fractures due to the direct impact. Here, liability generally falls on the driver, significantly if they were Speeding or driving recklessly, Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, or Driving under the influence.

In such cases, pedestrians may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Top 3 Symptoms to Look Out For a Collarbone Injury

  1. Pain and Tenderness

Feel a sharp, intense ache or a dull throb near your collarbone? Don’t brush it off, even if it seems mild. Any pain in this area is a red flag and shouldn’t be ignored. The severity of pain can vary, but its presence consistently indicates potential trouble.

  1. Swelling and Bruising

Notice your collarbone area puffing up or the skin turning red, purple, or even blue? This swelling and bruising is your body’s natural response to trauma. It’s a clear visual cue that you need immediate medical attention.

  1. Limited Range of Motion

Suddenly struggling to lift your arm above your head, reach behind your back, or even complete basic tasks? This limitation in shoulder and arm movement is a strong sign that your clavicle, crucial for shoulder mobility, might be compromised.

Medical Documentation and Expert Witnesses

Navigating the legal complexities of securing compensation often hinges on two crucial elements: comprehensive medical documentation and expert witness testimony. 

Key elements include: Emergency reports, doctor notes, surgery details, and rehab progress paint a clear picture of your injury’s severity and impact.

These document causation, justify treatment costs, and show potential future needs.

These records not only establish the extent of your injury but also serve as vital evidence for:

  • Causation: Linking the fracture to the accident and the other party’s negligence.
  • Medical necessity: Justifying the treatment you received and its associated costs.
  • Long-term impact: Demonstrating potential future medical needs due to the injury.

Expert Witnesses: Lending Credibility and Clarity

While medical records provide factual data, expert witnesses add invaluable credibility and insight to your case. These specialized professionals, often orthopaedic surgeons or pain management specialists, can:

  • Interpret medical records: Translate complex medical jargon into understandable terms for the court.
  • Explain the severity of your injury: Describe the specific type of fracture, its potential complications, and long-term prognosis.
  • Connect the injury to the accident: Offer their professional opinion on whether the accident caused the fracture.
  • Assess future medical needs: Estimate the cost of potential future medical care related to the injury.

At Kuzyk Law, we recognize the importance of both medical records and expert witnesses in maximizing your compensation. We have a network of experienced medical professionals who can review your records and provide expert opinions tailored to your specific case. 

Compensation for Clavicle Fracture Injuries

Medical expenses

This covers all past, present, and future medical bills associated with your injury, including Emergency room visits and doctor consultations. Imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Surgery and anesthesia costs, if necessary. Rehabilitation and physical therapy sessions. Pain medication and other prescriptions.

Lost wages

If your injury forced you to miss work, you can recover compensation for lost income, including: Salary, bonuses, and commissions. Vacation and sick leave pay. Self-employment income, if applicable.

Pain and suffering

This compensates you for the physical and emotional trauma endured due to the injury, including: Pain and discomfort during treatment and recovery. Emotional distress, anxiety, and depression. Loss of enjoyment of life due to limitations caused by the injury.

Property damage 

If your vehicle or personal belongings were damaged in the accident that caused your fracture, you can recover their repair or replacement costs.

Calculating Damages: A Collaborative Effort

Determining the exact amount of compensation you deserve requires a thorough assessment of your individual circumstances. This process involves:

  • Gathering evidence: Medical records, pay stubs, accident reports, and witness testimonies are crucial in documenting your losses.
  • Calculating medical expenses: Past bills are easily quantifiable, while future costs require expert estimations based on the severity of your injury and anticipated treatment needs.
  • Valuing lost wages: Your income history and future earning potential are considered to determine lost wages.
  • Assessing pain and suffering: This subjective category relies on evidence like medical records, witness statements, and expert testimony to paint a clear picture of your physical and emotional suffering.

Legal Process in a Clavicle Fracture Case

Initial Consultation

The first step is seeking legal advice promptly. Delay can jeopardize evidence and weaken your case.

Negotiation and Settlement

In most cases, the first attempt at securing compensation involves negotiation with the insurance company responsible for the other party. Kuzyk Law’s experienced attorneys possess the skills to:

  • Gather and present compelling evidence: To support the cause of your injury and the extent of your damages.
  • Negotiate aggressively: To ensure you receive fair compensation that reflects your losses.
  • Keep you informed: Throughout the process, explaining every step and potential outcomes.

While negotiation remains the preferred route, some insurance companies may offer unfair settlements.

Litigation if Necessary

If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, we are fully prepared to take your case to court. Our litigation team possesses extensive courtroom experience and a proven track record of success. We will:

  • File a lawsuit: To formally present your claim and seek compensation through the legal system.
  • Gather expert testimony: From medical professionals, accident reconstruction specialists, and other relevant experts.
  • Present your case persuasively: To the judge and jury, highlighting the negligence of the other party and the impact on your life.

At Kuzyk Law, we understand that litigation can be daunting. We will ensure you are fully prepared and informed every step of the way, providing the unwavering support you deserve throughout the process.

Testimonials and Success Stories

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges you face after a clavicle fracture caused by another driver’s negligence. We are committed to fighting for the justice and compensation you deserve. But don’t just take our word for it, listen to what our clients have to say:

Sarah’s Story:

“My world crumbled when I broke my collarbone in a car accident. The pain was intense, and I worried about mounting medical bills and lost wages. Kuzyk Law was there for me every step of the way. They explained my options clearly, fought aggressively with the insurance company, and secured a settlement that covered all my expenses and provided peace of mind. I am truly grateful for their dedication and expertise.”

Michael’s Experience:

“After my motorcycle accident, the other driver’s insurance company offered me a measly settlement that barely covered my medical bills. I knew I deserved more. Kuzyk Law took my case and fought tirelessly in court. Their courtroom experience and attention to detail were impressive. They won my case, and I received the compensation I needed to recover and move forward.”

Fractured Future? Kuzyk Law Mends Broken Bones and Broken Promises

A broken collarbone, or clavicle fracture, disrupts not just your body, but your life. Medical bills pile up, lost wages add stress, and the path to recovery might seem daunting. 

Don’t face this journey alone. At Kuzyk Law, we understand the unique challenges of clavicle fractures, and we’re here to help you mend both your bones and your future.

Don’t settle for an unfair settlement or navigate the legal maze alone. Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to:

  • Obtaining the maximum compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Guiding you through every step of the legal process with compassion and clarity.
  • Fighting aggressively for your rights, whether through negotiation or in court.

Schedule a free consultation today. It’s confidential, with no obligation. Let us answer your questions, assess your case, and discuss your options. Remember, your recovery is our priority.

Don’t let a broken collarbone break your spirit. Contact Kuzyk Law today and let us fight for the compensation you deserve.