By Stephen Burke. Last Updated 31st August 2023. 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.
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- Case Study: £35,000 For A Broken Jaw Injury
- When Could You Claim For A Broken Jaw Injury?
- How Is Broken Jaw Compensation Calculated?
- Am I Eligible For No Win No Fee Claims?
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.
What Was The Outcome Of The 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.
There are many situations in which you could be owed a duty of care, for example:
- Whilst at work, under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, your employer has a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace. Not just in the workplace but while at work
- When in a public place, the controller of that space owes you a duty of care to ensure you are reasonably safe whilst visiting their premises as per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
- On the road, all road users owe each other a duty of care to prevent harm to themselves and others. To uphold this, they have to follow the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Breaching a duty of care alone is not enough to form the basis of a valid personal injury claim. In order to do this, you have to be able to prove that:
- You were owed a duty of care
- This duty was breached
- You were injured because of this
An average settlement for a broken jaw injury will include two types of damages we discuss these further into this guide, or contact our team of friendly advisors today to find out if you could be eligible to claim compensation.
The amount of compensation for a broken jaw you may be offered if you can make a successful claim depends on several factors. These include how severe your broken jaw is, the recovery time and how much the injury is set to impact your life in the short and long-term future. Therefore, compensation payouts vary on a case-by-case basis.
Broken jaw compensation can include general damages, which are meant to compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by your injury. Solicitors can use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them calculate this head of loss as it contains guideline compensation brackets, some of which have been included in the table. The table covers a variety of different jaw and mouth injuries. The figures are based on the latest (16th) edition of the JCG.
It should be used as a guide only.
|Multiple injuries plus losses||Up to £500,000+||You could be awarded compensation for more than one injury, alongside any financial losses inflicted by your injuries.|
|Jaw fracture (i)||£30,490 to £45,540||Prolonged treatment along with lasting consequences from multiple jaw fractures that are very serious in nature.|
|Jaw fracture (ii)||£17,960 to £30,490||Permanent problems, such as difficulty eating following a serious jaw fracture.|
|Jaw fracture (iii)||£6,460 to £8,730||Complete recovery from a simple fracture.|
|Tooth damage||Up to £38,130||The teeth generally experience significant deterioration causing significant chronic dental pain.|
|Tooth damage (i)||£8,730 to £11,410||Several front teeth could experience serious damage or be lost completely.|
If you’re eligible to claim for general damages, then you may also be able to claim additional compensation under special damages. This covers financial losses and expenses which can be directly linked to the injury you’re claiming for. Examples of costs you could claim back under special damages may include loss of income and travel expenses you’ve incurred so you can receive treatment for your injury.
For more advice on how much you could claim as broken jaw compensation, contact our advisors for free today about your case.
If you are interested in claiming compensation for a broken jaw, a solicitor from our panel may be able to help. Under a Conditional Fee Agreement, which is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement. You won’t be expected to pay any upfront or ongoing fees for the work the solicitor completes on your case. Should your claim fail, you aren’t responsible for paying them for their services.
If you are awarded broken jaw compensation, your solicitor will take a success fee. They take this as a percentage, though this is limited by law to ensure you retain the majority amount of what you receive.
Are you interested in working with a solicitor from our panel via a No Win No Fee agreement? Continue reading to find out more about connecting with our team. Our advisors can also answer any questions regarding the average settlement for a broken jaw.
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More Resources And Guides On Broken Jaw Injuries
- 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.