To be eligible to make a broken jaw injury claim you must be able to prove that your injury was caused due to a breach in legislation or a duty of care. Compensation depends on the severity of your injuries. You could also add other accompanying injuries, such as tooth damage or psychological damage. Then, on top of that, you could claim jaw injury compensation for any financial loss incurred. So long as injuries and losses were a consequence of the accident, you could claim for them.
Because the average settlement for a broken jaw is often not reflective of what individuals may be compensated for, we have created this guide. It aims to advise you on making and estimating jaw injury compensation claims.
If you think you’d like to speak to an advisor about making a broken jaw injury claim, call our team. They’re available 24/7 on 0161 696 9685 or through our live chatbox. You won’t need to proceed with our services if you don’t wish to but they can also put you in touch with our panel of personal injury solicitors.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Broken Jaw Injury
- What Is A Broken Jaw Injury?
- How Can You Suffer A Broken Jaw Injury At Work?
- Broken Jaw Injury In A Public Place
- Can A Road Traffic Accident Cause A Broken Jaw Injury?
- We Can Help Calculate Personal Injury Compensation
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £35,000 For A Broken Jaw Injury
- Your Case Value And Free Legal Advice
- Am I Eligible For No Win No Fee Claims?
- Get Free Legal Advice From Our Skilful Team
- More Resources And Guides On Broken Jaw Injuries
- Broken Jaw Injury FAQs
This guide gives you background information on the laws that protect you from accidents caused by a third party, and how a breach of these could lead to an accident at work claim, road or road accident claim or a public liability claim.
We also aim to answer questions such as:
- How long does it take for a fractured jaw to heal?
- How serious is a fractured jaw?
- Can a fractured jaw heal itself?
- How do I make a broken jaw compensation claim?
- What is a No Win No Fee agreement?
It’s difficult to give you a precise calculation of what you could recover in a broken jaw injury claim, but this guide intends to give you enough information for you to gauge an estimation. You may prefer to talk to someone who can help, in which case we’d recommend the free legal advice of our advisors. You can call on the number at the top of the page, use our live chat or contact us.
A broken jaw is a common, but often serious, injury that can have additional complications. It can occur when there is trauma, or when the mandible (jaw bone) opens too wide (e.g. when yawning or during dental procedures).
How serious is a fractured jaw?
Broken jaw injury claims see different levels of injury. A simple fractured jaw can be resolved without surgery, but with medical intervention. For an uncomplicated broken jaw, NHS treatment may be to adjust the jaw while the patient is under local anaesthetic by putting hooks on the teeth, or using screws. However, surgery may be required for more significant fractures and it can involve the insertion of metal plates or jaw wire.
Can a fractured jaw heal itself?
If you suspect you have a broken jaw, always seek medical help because professional intervention is crucial to correct healing and averting complications. Symptoms of a fractured jaw include:
- Pain in that area
- Inability to move the jaw
- Swelling and/or bruising
How long does it take for a fractured jaw to heal?
Torbay and South Devon NHS advise that jaw wires are removed after 6 weeks. An uncomplicated fracture can heal within 2 months.
To find out more, contact our team for free legal advice on the number at the top of the page. Alternatively, send a note in the live chat feature.
Making an accident at work claim for a jaw injury can seem intimidating. However, accidents at work are not uncommon and many choose to make an injury at work claim. Statistics show that the most common workplace accidents causing injuries comes from slips, trips and falls at the same level.
What Is An Employer’s Duty Of Care?
To make a broken jaw injury claim, you must have reason to believe your employer breached their duty of care outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This legislation essentially requires employers to take action to protect your health, safety and wellbeing at work. Section 2 of the Act relates to how they may do this at basic levels such as offering employees:
- A health and safety policy.
- Well-maintained equipment and environments.
- Sufficient training.
The Health and Safety Executive has a leaflet on preventing workplace violence, which explains that staff should be made aware of a harassment and violence policy, and a clear grievance and disciplinary process should be in place. Violence could be a clear cause for a broken jaw. It is vital that workplaces are not environments that promote such behaviours. Violence should not be allowed in any workplace.
How Can My Employer Breach Their Duty Of Care?
If your employer failed to adhere to any legislation not just health and safety laws they could be in breach of their duty of care. For example, if you fell, tripped or slipped and broke your jaw because there were no signs warning you of a hazard, your employer could be liable in an injury at work claim.
If a colleague or customer assaulted you, resulting in your broken jaw, and your employer was aware of risks but didn’t take measures to rectify them, you could make a claim.
Always consider your own actions and obligations. You should care for your own safety as well as that of others and not doing so could affect your work accident claim.
A broken jaw injury claim can be made under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 when it arises due to accidents in a public place. Different bodies are held accountable to the Act, including councils, local authorities and businesses such as supermarkets. Making a claim against these parties (where they’ve caused injury to you) is sometimes known as a public liability claim.
The Duty Of Care Of Those In Control Of Public Spaces
Under the legislation, an occupier (party in control of premises, property or land) must provide visitors with a safe environment where you are sufficiently warned of any risks. Even if there is an independent contractor, the occupier would need to make sure they’re competent and can warn you of dangers.
How Can This Duty Be Breached?
You could make a broken jaw injury claim if the third party hasn’t adequately tried to avoid causing accidents in a public place and you, as a consequence, have suffered an injury. For example, you may have fallen and broken your jaw on council-owned land. If they didn’t maintain the land where you had an injury, you could potentially claim. However, if the council warned of risks on the land and you continued anyway, your claim could be impeded.
Though a government report shows that road traffic accident (RTA) injuries were down by 5% in 2019, there were still 153,158 casualties of all severities. All road users are vulnerable to jaw fractures after an accident, provided there is a force strong enough to break the bone.
You could seek a broken jaw injury claim if it breaks after coming into contact with a steering wheel, window or (mainly for pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists) the ground in a non-fault road traffic accident.
Duty Of Care Of Road Users
The Highway Code applies to all road users. The rules of The Highway Code include using the highways with considerable skill and awareness of those around you to avoid causing damage. It is helpful reading for not just those who choose to make a car accident claim, but for victims of any type of road traffic accident.
How Can A Road User Breach Their Duty Of Care?
A road user has breached their duty of care if they’ve disregarded the rules of The Highway Code. For example, a driver might deliberately go faster than the speed limit and fail to break in time before hitting a motorcyclist in front. If the motorcyclist falls and breaks their jaw, the car driver could be liable in a broken jaw injury claim. But, if the motorcyclist is also speeding and moves into the car’s lane without indicating, their ability to claim could be impacted.
Whether you had a car, work or public accident, think about the third party’s responsibilities and yours. If you’re unsure of liability, give our team of advisors a call on the number at the top of this page. Their friendly, professional and confidential service is available 24/7.
Jaw injury compensation is split into two categories: general and special damages. (We explain special damages in the section below.)
General damages recompense you for physical and psychological pain and suffering. If you have a broken jaw, NHS patient guidance (from Torbay and South Devon) notes that it’s common for teeth to break when the jaw is fractured. If this is the case for you, you could claim for general damages for both your jaw and teeth, which would increase compensation rates.
In order to make a successful broken jaw injury claim, medical evidence is vital. If a medical professional saw to your injuries, you can use their records to support your case. However, all jaw injury compensation claims must include the assessment of an independent medical expert. This assessment could be arranged by your personal injury solicitor if you choose to use one, and they would use the findings to value and prove your injuries.
Some claimants may have pre-existing jaw conditions, which the medical expert may uncover. This is why it’s important to speak to a solicitor if you believe it could impact your personal injury claim.
For more advice on general damages or if you’d like us to help calculate your compensation, send a message through our live chat. You’ll be given free legal advice with no necessity to proceed with our services.
Special damages aim to recover financial loss as collateral damage of your injuries.
During a broken jaw injury claim, claimants might find that the average settlement for a broken jaw is not applicable to their own case. Where general damages tend to fit within a fixed range of compensation, individual financial circumstances dictate the rate of special damages. For example, you may receive full-time sick pay while you’re recovering from injuries. However, another individual may not. Because this individual has lost income due to a broken jaw, they could reclaim the money.
It’s essential to prove loss of income. To claim for financial loss for travel to and from appointments, you could prove it through tickets or receipts. You could use direct debits to prove that you paid for therapy.
As part of your broken jaw injury claim, you can even claim back the time anyone spent caring for you.
If you believe you lost out financially but are unsure as to what supporting evidence you can use, our advisors can help. Call them for free legal advice on the number at the top of this page or use our 24/7 live chat.
Ms Snape was a bank clerk and avid cyclist. She took the same route to work every morning, which included a lane where the speed limit was 30 miles an hour. One day, while she was cycling down this lane, a speeding car tried to overtake her too closely and clipped her knee. She fell and her jaw hit the curb. Her knee was bruised but her jaw was red, swelling and she couldn’t speak without feeling extreme pain. An ambulance was called to the scene.
Ms Snape was taken to A&E where she had an X-ray followed by surgery. She stayed overnight in hospital and had to eat soft foods through the following week.
After 2 months of recovery and counselling, Ms Snape felt better. However, parts of her jaw remained numb and she was still nervous when on her bike. At a follow-up with her doctor, they told her she would have this numbness (paresthesia) for the rest of her life.
How do I make a broken jaw compensation claim?
She contacted a No Win No Fee solicitor, who successfully helped in her broken jaw injury claim. The defendant argued that Ms Snape was cycling in the middle of the road, causing danger to overtaking cars. However, police reports from the scene didn’t corroborate this, the pedestrian’s account contradicted it. Medical evidence verified her injuries were caused by the crash.
She recovered £28, 500 in physical damages, £6,500 in special damages, which is detailed below
|Type of Special Damages:||Includes:||How much?:|
|Travel Expenses||To and from appointments/treatment||Taxi to appointments: £50|
|Medications/Prescriptions||Prescriptions, treatment, physiotherapy, walking aids, etc.||Prescriptions and painkillers: £50|
|Additional Care||Professional care at home, from family, childcare, etc.||7 counselling sessions: £700|
|Future Loss||Loss of Earnings, future loss of earnings, potential future care.||Loss of earnings £5000|
|Damaged property||Bike repair||£700|
The broken jaw injury claim of Ms Snape is an example. We’ve used our past experiences of claims to create her case study and illustrate how personal injury claims are valued and handled.
Had Ms Snape’s injuries been less severe, her compensation may have been reduced. Had her mental health suffered more, she could have recovered more compensation. This is also true of her financial circumstances: had she lost more because of the injuries, she would’ve recovered more.
Your case value is unique to you and, because of that, we can’t give a definitive calculation unless we understand your situation. If you’d like free legal advice on your broken jaw injury claim or compensation estimates (with no obligation to continue with our services), contact us on any of the methods at the bottom of this page.
A No Win No Fee agreement is available to most claimants solicitors tend to only offer these agreements if your case has good winning grounds.
Through these agreements, a claimant who loses their case doesn’t have to pay solicitor fees. A claimant who wins does pay their fees at a capped rate under law. The fees are kept low to guarantee the majority of your compensation goes to you. Plus, there are no upfront payments to your solicitor, so you don’t need to pay your solicitor until you are financially able to.
To conclude, If you’re thinking about using a No Win No Fee solicitor, we can help. Our panel of personal injury solicitors offers these agreements and our advisors can connect you. Just contact us through any of the routes below, any day of the week at any time.
For free legal advice on your broken jaw injury claim, without having to agree to proceed with our services, get in touch:
- Phone us on 0161 696 9685.
- Put a question in the live chatbox.
- And finally, Contact us via the site.
How do I know if I have a broken bone?: NHS guide for a broken bone.
£30,000 Compensation Payout For A Broken Ankle Injury: Our case study on a broken ankle.
Broken And Fractured Bone Personal Injury Claims Guide: Our guide to claiming for different fractures.
How much is a broken jaw worth?
The amount of compensation for a broken jaw varies. It depends on how much pain and suffering there is as well as financial loss.
How long do jaw fractures take to heal?
A simple fracture can take up to 2 months to heal after surgery. Speak to your doctor about recovery times for a complicated break.
Can you sue someone for breaking your jaw?
If a third party owed you a duty of care and caused your injury through negligence, you could potentially make a broken jaw injury claim.
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