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How expensive is a broken arm?

Broken bones are among the most common injuries suffered in car accidents. Even in a relatively minor accident, if you put your arm out to brace yourself on the dash, you could easily break it and need medical treatment. So, how much should you expect that to cost?

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There are a lot of factors in play here, so the following numbers are just estimates from industry professionals. They do not represent exactly what costs you'll see, but should give you some idea of what to expect.

If you don't need surgery, the cost can be fairly low. The X-ray will run between $190 and $1,000, in most cases. A splint can tack on a bit more than $200 more, and then you have the cost of the doctor visit and the application of a cast. All in all, without using insurance to pay for it and without surgery, it will probably be around $2,500.

Not bad, right? Well, if you need surgery for a serious break, the cost jumps significantly. Some estimate that the treatment itself will run about $14,911, while the fee for the surgeon could be around $2,000. All told, they expect it to cost at least $16,000.

These costs don't even take into account associated bills. Did you need a ride in the ambulance? Do you need painkillers as your arm heals? Are you out of work and losing wages? The costs can mount quickly, even with this "minor" injury.

As such, it's important to know that you may deserve compensation if you didn't cause the crash. The other driver may be held liable, and you need to know what legal options you have to help pay your bills.

Source: Cost Helper, "Broken Arm Cost," accessed Feb. 10, 2017

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