Whether you suffered a broken leg or a fractured wrist, if you have ever broken a bone, you will no doubt understand the pain that this type of injury can cause you. You will also understand the inconvenience they can cause while the break or fracture is healing.
Fractured and broken bone compensation claims can be made if the accident was caused by somebody else. Here at Advice.co.uk we have experts who can provide personal injury victims with the information, advice and no win no fee service they need to seek compensation for their injuries. We are here to answer your questions such as “how much compensation will I get for a broken arm?” and to help you get the settlement you are eligible for.
You can get in touch with our team of specialist advisors on 0161 696 9685 when you’re ready. If you would like to know more then read this guide which provides all of the information you will require to begin a claim.
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- A Guide To Broken And Fractured Bone Compensation Claims
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Broken Or Fractured Bone
- What Damages Can I Claim For After A Fractured Or Broken Bone?
- What Is A Fractured Or Broken Bone?
- What Is The Difference Between A Break And A Fracture?
- Broken Or Fractured Bones
- What Can Be The Impact Of A Fractured Or Broken Bone
- Complications From A Fractured Or Broken Bone
- When Can I Make A Claim For A Fractured Or Broken Bone?
- What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Personal Injury Claim?
- Breaks And Fractures From An Accident At Work
- Accidents In Public Places Causing A Break Or Fracture
- How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Break Or Bone Fracture?
- How To Make A Broken Or Fractured Bone Compensation Claim
- No Win No Fee Fractured And Broken Bone Compensation Claims
- How We Can Advise You To Make A Compensation Claim
- Contact Advice.co.uk
- Where To Find More Advice
A Guide To Broken And Fractured Bone Compensation Claims
Broken bones (or fractures) can be caused by many different types of accidents and, providing somebody else caused the accident, could be a valid reason to make a compensation claim.
If you are considering seeking compensation for fractures or broken bones and want to find out the answer to questions such as “how much compensation will I get for a broken foot“, then this guide will provide you with all of the information you will require. This including looking at the different types of broken bone accidents that can occur, complications that can happen following a fracture, personal injury claim time limits, what evidence you’ll need to make a claim and how Advice.co.uk can connect you with experienced personal injury solicitors that offer a no win no fee service.
Keep reading to find out how much fractured and broken bone compensation you’ll be able to claim for different injuries such as a fractured foot, fractured collar bone, a broken arm and many other types of fractures.
How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Broken Or Fractured Bone
Some of the most common questions we’re asked are “How much compensation will I get for a broken foot?”, “How much for a fractured ankle?” and “How much compensation for a broken arm?” and the truth is – it’s difficult to say without knowing the details of your specific injury or claim.
There’s no such thing as a 100% accurate personal injury claims calculator for the simple fact that every single accident and injury is completely different. How much compensation you could be awarded for a broken arm may be much more than what you would get for a broken finger. When you’ve spoken with one of our team, they will be able to provide you with an estimate of what you may be eligible to claim, once they have understood the full impact of your injuries.
As you will see in the next section, each claim is made up of different elements depending on how you were affected. One section, General Damages, is the part that pays out for the pain and suffering caused by the injury. The table below shows how much compensation you can get for different broken bone injuries:
|Body part fractured||Severity of injury - type of injury||Settlement banding for injury||Further comments|
|Fractured finger||Severe||Up to £32,210||Awarded for a severely fractured finger or fingers which result in symptoms such as impaired function, loss of feeling, reduced usage and partial amputation. A broken knuckle may fit into this,but could be at a lower amount.|
|Fractured little finger||Severe||Up to £32,210||Awards for each finger or fingers may be the same as outlined above.|
|Fractured thumb||Minor||Up to £3,460||Minor fractured thumb which will heal within six months.|
|Fractured hand||Moderate||£5,110 to £11,640||Moderate fractured hand injures, such as a crush injury.|
|Fractured hand||Hand injuries - less serious||£12,670 to £25,430||Could include injuries such as a fractured metacarpal|
|Fractured wrist||n/a||In the region of|
|Example injury break or fracture - uncomplicated Colles’ fracture.|
|Scaphoid fracture||Very minor||£3,090 to £4,160||Very minor wrist fracture. May include a scaphoid fracture.|
|Fractured elbow||Minor to moderate||Up to £11,040||This category will include simpler and less complicated fractured elbow injuries. Or other similar injuries.|
|Fractured humerus||Serious||£11,200 to £16,830||Serious fractured humerus injuries will leave the victim with restricted movement through the shoulder.|
|Fractured radius||Less severe||£5,810 to £16,830||Simpler injuries to the forearm such as a less severely fractured radius, one of the larger forearm bones.|
|Fractured shoulder||Serious||£11,200 to £16,830||A fractured shoulder could cause long term problems.|
|Fractured rib||n/a||Up to £3,460||Causing pain and discomfort over a period of weeks.|
|Fractured cheekbone||Serious||£8,940 to £13,840||Serious fractures to the cheekbone with lasting consequence, such as some disfigurement.|
|Fractured jaw||Very serious (i), (ii) and (iii)||Up to £39,940||Settlement depends on severity of fractured jaw, level (i), (ii) or (iii). Most serious will have long term consequences such as arthritis and a restricted ability to eat.|
|Damage to teeth||n/a||£7,650 to £10,010||Loss of or serious damage to several of your front teeth.|
|Fractured neck||Severe (iii)||£39,870 to £49,090||Severely fractured neck injuries (or similar injuries) could lead to disabilities or chronic conditions.|
|Fractured spine||Severe (iii)||£39,870 to £49,090||A fractured cervical spine could lead to a severe disability such as loss of function and severely reduced movement.|
|Fractured vertebrae||Moderate (i)||£24,340 to £34,000||Such as a compression or crush fracture. Risk of constant pain as a result of this type and severity of injury. Can have other long-term effects.|
|Shoulder injuries (inc scapula injuries)||Moderate to severe||£2,150 to £42,110||Can include a variety of shoulder injuries, including fractures of the scapula and other bones in the shoulder.|
|Back injuries, such as a fractured coccyx.||Moderate (i)||£24,340 to £34,000||A fractured coccyx (tailbone) may fall into this category and could lead to a variety of symptoms and effects.|
|Fractured pelvis||Severe||£68,740 to £114,810||At this level of severity, it will include extensive fractures to the pelvis. Effects may include residual disabilities in the pelvis.|
|Fractured pelvis - inc fractured pubic rami||Severe (ii)||£54,280 to £68,740||Injuries here can include a fractured pubic rami which can affect sexual function. Not as severe as most serious injury bracket.|
|Fractured hip||Severe||£34,340 to £46,040||This can include a fractured hip which results in a you needing a hip replacement or a similar level of injury.|
|Fractured leg||Severe (iii)||£34,340 to £46,040||Injuries could include a fractured neck of femur injury or a fracture of an arthritic femur.|
|Fractured leg||Moderate (ii)||£7,990 to £12,350||A simple fractured femur injury. There will not be any damage to the articular surfaces.|
|Fractured leg||Moderate (iii)||Up to £10,380||Injuries in this bracket will include a simple fractured tibia (shin bone) injury. Could also include a fractured fibula or similar soft tissue injuries.|
|Fractured knee||Knee injuries - Severe (ii)||£45,700 to £61,140||Leg fractures which extend into the knee joint and result in a fractured knee joint. Severe injuries resulting in long-term consequence saffecting agility and mobility.|
|Fractured knee||Knee injuries - Less severe||£22,960 to £38,120||Injuries causing damage to the kneecap (patella). Can also include a variety of other injuries to surrounding tissues in the knee.|
|Fractured foot||Severe||£36,800 to £61,410||In this category of fractured foot claims, the fracture will affect both heels. Or serious injury affecting a single foot.|
|Fractured toe||Toe injuries - serious||£8,420 to £12,050||Will include injuries such as multiple fractured toes. Will affect two or more of the toes. Victim will be left with pain, discomfort and some level of disability. Can also include fractures to the big toe, known as the ‘great toe’.|
|Fractured toe||Toe injuries - moderate||Up to £4,900||Will include a straight forward fracture to the little toe, or other toes.|
|Fractured metatarsal||Foot injuries - moderate||£12,050 to £21,910||Displaced fractured metatarsal injuries. Will result in ongoing symptoms such as permanent disability. May include a fractured 5th metatarsal.|
What Damages Can I Claim For After A Fractured Or Broken Bone?
As mentioned above, there are different parts to a broken bone compensation claim depending on the scenario in which an accident occurred and how it impacted the victim. These parts are:
This is the part of broken bones & fracture compensation claims that deal with pain and suffering that was caused by the accident. We have provided details of the payments made in the table in the previous section. General damages are graded depending on the severity of the injury, so, a broken finger would be paid less than an amputated finger.
Special Damages are made up of any expenses that you incurred because of the accident. You should be able to prove that you would not have experienced these costs if the accident hadn’t occurred and that they can be directly linked to the accident. The main types of special damages are:
These are any costs that you pay out for treatment or prescription medicines.
If you have any appointments at a doctor or physiotherapist that you have to travel to them you can claim back the petrol money or the cost of travelling on public transport or could cover the costs of alternative transport arrangements if you’re unable to drive while injured.
If you need someone to care for you or to complete tasks that you’d ordinarily complete but can’t because of your injuries, then you could seek special damages to reimburse you for any associated costs.
Loss of Earnings
The final part of special damages that we’ll cover is loss of earnings. If you require time off from work and you don’t get full sick pay from your employer, then you could seek to claim back the difference in your earnings. If you need to change jobs or are unable to return to work at all because your injury is so severe then you can also ask for compensation for the future loss of earnings.
When you contact Advice.co.uk we can put you in touch with a specialist personal injury solicitor which is important because they will ensure that every element of your fracture and broken bone compensation request is accounted for. Once a claim is settled you won’t be able to go back and ask for more, even if the cost is justified so it’s vital that your solicitor claims for all potential future costs.
What Is A Fractured Or Broken Bone?
Broken bones can happen after an accident and can occur in just about any bone in the body. It can be a hairline fracture or a complete break. The bone may pierce the skin in certain breaks. With minor breaks, it is possible that you will not know, without an x-ray, that the bone is actually broken.
The 3 main signs of broken bones, according to the NHS, are:
Other signs that you’ve broken a bone are when you hear a bone crack or snap when the accident happens, you feel pain when you put weight on the injury or you touch it and you may feel faint, sick or dizzy.
With minor breaks, you should seek medical assistance so that the bone can be realigned and protected while it heals. However, if an accident is more serious and involves a broken back or fractured neck then the emergency services should be contacted on 999.
Types of fractured and broken bones which you can suffer include;
- Compound fractures,
- Oblique fractures,
- Transverse fractures,
- Open fracture,
- Stable fracture.
What Is The Difference Between A Break And A Fracture?
Some doctors use the words fracture or break in the same way but technically a fracture is a small crack (or hairline fracture) whereas a broken bone involves a complete break through the bone.
Broken Or Fractured Bones
In general, broken bone injuries can usually be put right and do not have to lead to long term problems. But some more severe breakages can result in permanent damage, pain, and inconvenience.
Any part of the human skeleton can be broken or fractured such as:
- A fractured skull (which can lead to brain damage or concussion).
- Both limbs (such as a fractured arm or broken leg).
- Fractured ribs (which generally can’t be treated with anything other than pain relief).
- Fractured hips,
- A fractured pelvis.
- A fractured collar bone.
- Spine. Fractured spine and vertebrae compensation amounts may be higher than other injuries.
- Broken hands, fractured fingers, feet, and toes.
- A fractured or broken wrist.
- A fractured cheekbone or eye socket.
- A broken or fractured nose.
- A fractured 5th metatarsal or another part of the foot.
- A fractured clavicle.
- A fractured sternum.
- Fractured or broken pubic rami.
It is possible to claim fractured and broken bone compensation in any of these instances so long as somebody else was to blame for the accident that caused the breakage. If you’re unsure then please speak with one of our team for free legal advice on whether you can claim or not.
What Can Be The Impact Of A Fractured Or Broken Bone
Some broken bone compensation claims can include compensation for ongoing issues as not all types of breaks can be fully fixed and can lead to long-term or permanent damage. If you are considering how much does a broken bone cost, to assess what you are owed, a solicitor will take these factors into account.
Complications that can occur long after the bone injury has been repaired include:
- Scarring (including scars caused by surgery).
- Increasing the risk of arthritis.
- Necrosis of the bone or surrounding area due to blood flow stopping to the area when the bone was broken.
- Pain when using the bone in the future such as walking or gripping an object.
Complications From A Fractured Or Broken Bone
Some types of injuries such as crushed bones, broken skulls, and broken backs can result in serious and ongoing complications that may mean more compensation is required to allow the victim to make adjustments to their way of life. Certain types of break or fracture can also be more serious. These include compound fractures and open fractures.
Complications can occur when bones break completely and protrude into other parts of the body or internal organs (such as a punctured lung when a rib is broken) and some bones become so damaged that they can’t be put back together without the use of pins, plates, screws, and wires which can have a detrimental effect on the patient over the long term.
When Can I Make A Claim For A Fractured Or Broken Bone?
It’s important to note that, if you were to blame for your accident, even if it occurred on somebody else’s property, then you wouldn’t be eligible to make a claim. If you caused your own broken nose or broken hand, you would not be able to seek compensation for the injury.
Advice.co.uk can only connect you with a personal injury solicitor if the accident that caused your broken bone was caused by somebody else’s mistake, negligence or lack of action.
What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Personal Injury Claim?
When you’re involved in an accident which involves a broken bone, you may not consider collecting evidence at the time, but it can make all of the difference between successfully claiming compensation and not being able to. The steps you should take include:
- Try to photograph the scene of the accident and include the root cause if possible before the scene is cleaned up or the problem that caused the accident is rectified.
- Photograph your injury. Try and get a photograph of the break or fracture. A fractured arm or fractured leg might be easier to see on camera than other types of injury, but photograph it for documentary evidence.
- Seek medical advice from a doctor or hospital so that you receive the right treatment and so that medical records are created which detail the injury and the treatment received. These records can be used as evidence to base your claim on.
- Gather statements or contact details from anybody who saw the accident happen.
- Report the accident if it took place in a public place such as a workplace, shop or restaurant. Ask for a copy of the accident report book entry with details of your accident happening or take the name of the person you reported it to.
- Keep any receipts that prove that you were out of pocket, such as travel tickets or medical bills.
Breaks And Fractures From An Accident At Work
If your broken bone happened in an accident at work, then you may be able to make a fractured bone compensation claim against your employer.
All staff are owed a duty of care by their employers under the Health and Safety at Work act and all workplaces should be a safe working environment.
You could seek fractured bone compensation against your employer if:
- You, or another member of staff that caused your accident, weren’t properly trained in the task that led to your accident.
- If you weren’t provided with safety equipment or it was inadequate.
- If machinery or equipment was damaged or not maintained properly and that machinery led to your accident happening.
- You may also be able to claim if you, or another member of staff, were not allowed sufficient rest breaks and your tiredness led to your accident.
Employers are not allowed to prevent you from claiming or allowed to discipline you, provided that your claim is honest, and they are required to have insurance in place to cover such claims. So, don’t be put off from claiming if you genuinely believe your employer could have prevented the accident from happening.
Accidents In Public Places Causing A Break Or Fracture
Your accident could happen in other public places, besides the workplace, and you could still make a successful claim.
So long as you had a legitimate reason for being in the public location and if the operator was in some way to blame for your accident, then you could claim fractures and broken bone compensation against them. Places that could be involved include:
- Shops or shopping malls.
- Any local government owned public place (street, park, library etc).
The types of accidents that can lead to broken bones include: Slips and trips, items falling on to you, car accidents and assaults and all of these would be eligible for a claim if the operator of the public place failed to protect you in any way.
How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Break Or Bone Fracture?
As with other countries, the UK has strict time frames for making personal injury compensation claims.
The table below details different scenarios and the time limits for beginning your claim:
|Injury Type||Time Limit|
|An accident in the workplace||3 years|
|Car collision||3 Years|
|Injury cause in criminal act||2 years|
How To Make A Broken Or Fractured Bone Compensation Claim
When you’ve completed the evidence gathering, as described above, and decided that you want to make a claim you should contact Advice.co.uk to begin your claim.
The process is a pretty straightforward one. First of all, we’ll discuss your claim with you, assess your injuries and the cause of the accident and provide you with advice on how strong your case is. If we are able to take your case on we can start to answer questions such as “how much compensation will I get for a broken ankle“?
Our team are specially trained in legal practices and can advise you if your case is likely to be successful. If it is, we’ll put you in contact with a no win no fee solicitor who will be able to begin your claim for you.
No Win No Fee Fractured And Broken Bone Compensation Claims
We work exclusively with our panel of no win no fee solicitors because our clients tell us it takes away the stress and risk of making a claim.
No win no fee solicitors have to work in exactly the same way as solicitors who charge by the hour, but you don’t have to pay them anything up front.
When they take on your case, they’ll provide you with a no win no fee agreement for you to sign. In the agreement will be a fixed percentage of your compensation that will be retained by the solicitor if they win your case.
If they go on to win, and compensation is awarded for your injuries, then they keep the agreed percentage and then send the rest of the compensation directly to you.
In fact, you never have to send a payment to them at all. If they lose, you don’t pay them and if they win then the compensation is sent to them first and then forwarded on to you once they’ve taken their payment.
If you use the other option of paying a solicitor an hourly rate, you would get 100% of your compensation if they win but you’d still have to pay them their fees even if they lost the case.
In most cases, claims for fractured bone compensation are resolved out of court but, if your case is one of the very small numbers that do require a court date, then your no win no fee solicitor will also represent you in court.
How We Can Advise You To Make A Compensation Claim
If you’re going to seek fractures and broken bone compensation and you’d like Advice.co.uk to provide free legal advice and arrange a no win no fee solicitor for you to make your claim, then you can follow this simple process to begin:
|Step One: Get in touch with our team via email, phone or our live chat.||Step Two: We’ll assess your claim with you.||Step Three: When you’re ready, we’ll commence your claim for you.|
All of our team are friendly, professional and are driven to ensuring that clients get the full amount of compensation they deserve. They are experienced personal injury specialists and can answer any questions you may have before and during your claim.
Hopefully, now that you’ve read this guide about fractured and broken bone compensation claims, you’d like to use Advice.co.uk to help you with your claim today. If so, you can get in touch by contacting us in any of these ways:
- Telephone: Call us on 0161 696 9685
- Online: Fill in this form with brief details of your claim and we’ll get back to you
- Email: Send a message to the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember that our team can offer free legal advice to you, even if you’re still not sure if you’re going to make a compensation claim and we only work with no win no fee solicitors to help reduce the risk and stress of making a claim.
We can help with any type of accident (caused by somebody else) from accidents at work to trips and falls in a public park so please get in touch with us today if you would like to know if your accident is eligible for compensation.
Where To Find More Advice
Here are some useful articles that could help you further and provide more relevant information:
Car Accident Claims Advice Guide – Have you suffered fractured or broken bones in a car accident? If so this guide will explain what is involved in claiming compensation for injuries from a car accident.
Broken Bones Guide – A guide by the NHS regarding broken bone symptoms, treatments, and complications.
Health and Safety at Work Act – The act that protects all employees in UK workplaces and gives grounds for making compensation claims for accidents at work.