Have you suffered a broken forearm in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence? Did they owe you a duty of care that was later breached, causing an accident in which you were injured? If so, then you could potentially make a broken forearm injury claim for compensation.
Breaking a bone is never pleasant. It can be painful and inconvenient. This is especially true if the broken bone is in your arm, as it could prevent you from doing the things you usually do in your daily life. And when you recognise that your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone who had a responsibility to ensure your safety, this can make the recovery process even more frustrating.
This guide may be able to help. Provided you can prove that your injuries were caused by third party negligence, you may be entitled to claim. We will talk you through the process of claiming compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained.
You may find that by the end of this guide, you still have some questions about fractured forearm claims that you would like answered. Alternatively, you may wish to get in touch with us to get the claims process started. You can contact us by:
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Broken Forearm Claim
- What Is A Broken Forearm Injury?
- Can You Make A Broken Forearm Claim For An Injury At Work?
- Broken Forearm Claim For An Injury In A Public Place
- Make A Broken Forearm Claim From Road Traffic Accidents
- Essential Details To Calculate Personal Injury Compensation
- What Are Special Damages?
- Case Study: £30,000 For A Broken Forearm Claim
- Get Free Legal Advice On Your Case’s Total Payout
- Why Is No Win No Fee Important For Cases?
- Get Free Legal Advice From Our Team Of Specialists
- More Resources And Guides On Broken Forearm Claims
- Broken Forearm Claim FAQs
In this guide on broken forearm claims, we will begin by looking at what a fractured forearm is. We’ll examine the symptoms and recovery time associated with an injury of this kind. We’ll examine the impact that an injury of this nature can have on your quality of life.
Furthermore, we will look at the kinds of places where an accident resulting in a broken forearm could occur. We will also look at the duty of care owed to you in each of these places, as well as how this can be breached.
To continue, we will look at a case study in which a person is awarded £30,000 for a broken forearm. This case study will look at the circumstances in which the accident took place and the damages that were claimed back by the injured person.
After this, we will look at the two kinds of damages that can be included in a personal injury claim. We will examine how these are calculated and how you can ensure you’re getting the maximum compensation you deserve.
Finally, we will look at No Win No Fee agreements and how they can help claimants pay for legal representation. We will go on to answer some commonly asked questions about claiming for a fractured forearm and provide you with some helpful resources.
Personal Injury Claims Time Limit
You generally have 3 years to claim after suffering an injury resulting from an accident caused by third-party negligence. This can run from either the date of the accident or the date you became aware that your injuries resulted from negligence.
There are exceptions to this rule, though. For instance, a child who is injured will not be able to claim themselves while they are still a minor, and the time limit is suspended. However, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf up until they turn 18. Once the child turns 18, the time limit resumes, and they have until their 21st birthday to claim.
If you’d like to know more about the exceptions to the three-year time limit for claiming, get in touch with our team today. Alternatively, read on to find out more about claiming for a broken forearm.
A broken forearm injury is when you suffer a fracture to any of the bones in your forearm. The two bones which make up the forearm are the radius and the ulna, providing strength and stability to the lower arm. These bones also connect the elbow joint to the wrist.
A break in the radius or the ulna could result in pain and discomfort in the forearm. However, it can also reduce the stability of the arm as a whole. Because of this, an injury of this nature could cause significant long-term effects on your quality of life.
Some common symptoms of a broken bone are pain, swelling and a change in the shape of the arm. A fracture to the forearm may also prevent you from moving your arm or wrist. You should always seek medical attention if you think you have broken a bone. Leaving a fracture to heal unaided could result in serious long-term complications.
A typical recovery window for a forearm fracture is 6 to 8 weeks. However, if the injury is more serious and requires an operation, your recovery could take longer. With severe injuries or ones where medical attention was not sought right away, there may be a lasting disability within the arm even after the bones have healed.
If your forearm has been broken as the result of someone breaching the duty of care they owe to you, you may be able to claim. Read on for more information, or call us to discuss the matter further.
You could make a broken forearm claim after an accident at work if you can show that the injury was caused by your employer’s negligence. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure your health and safety in work as far as is reasonably practicable. This duty of care is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
A breach in the duty of care on the part of your employer could come about in a number of ways. For instance, your employer may fail to maintain a piece of machinery that you use for your role. If this machinery were to malfunction and, as a result, you are injured, this could be grounds for a compensation claim.
Good housekeeping is another important aspect of keeping workplaces safe for employees. If there are walkways or areas that are obstructed, this could cause you to trip or fall. If you were to break your forearm in a fall caused by poor housekeeping, you might be able to make a claim.
Above, we’ve included just a few examples of how workplace negligence could result in someone being injured and breaking their forearm as a result, but this is by no means extensive. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by employer negligence that we haven’t touched on, you may still be able to claim. Get in touch with our team today to find out more.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 outlines the responsibility of someone in control of a public space (the “occupier”) to try and prevent an accident from occurring. This is applicable to all public places where visitors attend in any capacity. Whether they’re buying food and drink, staying as residents or exercising in a gym, members of the public should always be kept safe as far as is reasonably practicable.
If you were injured in a public place because the occupier failed to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety, you might be able to claim. One example could be that a resident in a hotel slips down a staircase where a leak has caused the floor to become slippery. They may then break their forearm as they land. This is negligence if the wet floor is not signposted within a reasonable timeframe. As a result, the injured person may be able to claim.
If you’ve been injured in a public place through negligence and broken your forearm as a result, why not get in touch with our team to find out more about claiming? Our helpful advisors can offer you free legal advice with no obligation to proceed. Alternatively, read on to find out more about claiming for a fractured forearm in a road traffic accident.
The Highway Code sets out a duty of care that all road users owe to one another. When using a road, you should act in a way that ensures your safety and the safety of others at all times. There won’t be any allowances made if you’re an unskilled driver or if you don’t have much experience on the road. The duty of care is the same for everyone.
Part of your duty of care on the road is to pay full attention to your surroundings. Failure to do so could cause an accident to occur. For instance, a driver may fail to notice a give way sign at a junction because they are checking their phone. They may then illegally pull out of the junction and hit the side of another vehicle that has the right of way. An impact to the driver’s side of the car could cause the driver to suffer from a broken forearm. In a case such as this, the injured person may be able to claim.
If you’d like to know more about claiming compensation for a fractured arm in a road traffic accident, you can get in touch with our team today. Alternatively, read on to find out how compensation claims are valued.
When you make a compensation claim for a fractured forearm, you will often be invited to a medical assessment with an independent expert. In this appointment, your injuries and the effect that they have on you will be assessed. The expert will compile their findings in a report, which will be sent on to the person handling your claim.
They will refer to this report in conjunction with the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). These are guideline compensation brackets for a variety of injuries of different severities. The medical report and JCG will help the person handling your claim value the general damages head of your compensation award. General damages relate to the injury you’ve sustained and the impact it has had on your quality of life.
You may have noticed that a number of websites offer personal injury compensation calculators which claim to be able to value your settlement. An online personal injury claims calculator may result in potentially misleading payout estimates, as they simply don’t collect enough information to accurately value your claim. That’s why we advise speaking to a member of our team to see how much your claim could be worth.
Special damages can cover the financial impact of your fracturing your forearm. These are the costs that add up during the recuperation process, some of which you might not have foreseen.
So, an example of special damages could be lost earnings due to time off work. As per our earlier guidance, you could potentially be without income for up to three months following your accident. This could have a real impact on your finances.
Other special damages may include medical bills, public transport journey costs and physiotherapy that isn’t available on the NHS. It can also include things like the cost of hiring professionals to handle the likes of dog-walking, babysitting, cleaning and gardening. Receipts and invoices to support each of these elements are essential in supporting the special damages head of your claim.
Would you like to know more about special damages? If so, get in touch with our team by telephoning us via the number on the top of this page.
Miss Jordan, 24, worked as a receptionist for a bank. She loved her job and was happy to do anything that her team required. This included manual tasks within the office itself. But one of these jobs ended up causing significant physical problems.
One afternoon, Miss Jordan was asked about fixing the light bulbs in the main meeting room. There were four LED bulbs in total, and she was given everything she needed to complete the task. This included a small stepladder to stand on as Miss Jordan removed and replaced each bulb.
However, the last time the ladder had been used, a colleague of Miss Jordan’s advised that one of the steps seemed to be unstable. Her employer had been made aware of this but chose not to get rid of the ladder.
As Miss Jordan used the step ladder to change the first bulb, the step supporting her weight broke. She fell to the ground, but in doing so, her right forearm smacked the side of the table in the meeting room.
Miss Jordan was shaken up and in great pain from what had happened. Her forearm appeared to be at an odd angle, and she found it extremely painful to move her wrist or elbow.
After the accident
After speaking with her colleagues and filling out a report in the workplace accident book, Miss Jordan went to the hospital. She was diagnosed with a serious forearm fracture as both her radius and ulna were broken. She had to undergo surgery to facilitate her recovery.
Miss Jordan spoke to a personal injury solicitor, who advised her to file a broken forearm claim. This was due to the negligence of her employers, as their actions had breached the duty of care stated by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. So, Miss Jordan followed the legal advice, and she ended up receiving a settlement of £30,000 as compensation. This consisted of £18,020 of general damages along with £11,980 of special damages.
|Type Of Special Damages||Includes:||How Much?|
|Lost Earnings||The amount of money lost due to time taken off work||£6,000|
|Medical Expenses||Costs of medication||£500|
|Transport||Use of taxis to get to and from hospital appointments||£450|
|Physiotherapy||Costs of physiotherapy to recover the full range of motion in her wrist and elbow||£1,450|
|Tennis lessons||Miss Jordan was unable to undergo a course of tennis lessons which she had already paid for.||£280|
|Dog walking||The cost of hiring a dog walker for the 12 weeks Miss Jordan was unable to hold a lead||£700|
|Care costs||Her fractured forearm meant that Miss Jordan was unable to care for her elderly father. This meant that she had to hire a carer to carry out the duties she would normally undertake.||£2,620|
Note: Miss Jordan’s story is hypothetical and is just a template for the purpose of this article.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation about making a claim for a fractured forearm. This means that you can call to chat with us about your case and receive free legal advice about moving forward with a claim.
You may have noticed that there are a number of websites that offer personal injury compensation calculators. These online tools can be of some use; however, they often fail to capture the scope of information needed to accurately value your claim. When you speak to our advisors, they will ask you a number of questions about your accident and subsequent injuries. They then use this information to give you an estimate as to how much you could be owed.
If you’d like to know how much compensation you could receive for your injuries, speak to a member of our team today. Alternatively, read on for more information on No Win No Fee agreements.
A No Win No Fee agreement is an agreement between you and your solicitor. It says that they will only receive payment when certain conditions are met. A No Win No Fee agreement means that there won’t be anything for you to pay your solicitor before your claim begins or as it’s ongoing. Furthermore, you won’t be asked to cover your solicitor’s costs at all if your claim doesn’t succeed.
If you are successful in your claim, your solicitor will deduct a legally capped success fee to cover their costs. You are always guaranteed to receive the majority of the compensation that is awarded to you.
When you speak with an advisor from our team, you will be asked questions about your accident and the injuries you sustained. If your claim appears to have a good chance of success, our claims team may be able to connect you with a lawyer from our panel. They may be able to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. Contact our team today to see if you could be offered a No Win No Fee agreement.
We hope that having reached the end of this guide, you feel like you have all the information you need to pursue a claim for a fractured forearm. If you’d like to start a claim today or would simply like more information about anything we’ve touched upon in this article, you can get in touch with our team today.
This guide has provided everything you need to know regarding broken forearm claims. But in case you do still want more information, why not have a look at these six links below.
To begin with, we have a page covering employment law in detail.
We also have an in-depth breakdown of how to make a claim.
In this guide, we discuss a worker’s rights after a workplace accident.
The NHS looks at other causes of forearm injuries.
Think.gov is the government’s road safety campaign, and they provide a lot of useful resources about preventing accidents on the road.
And the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) explains how slips, trips and other falls could lead to injuries in the workplace.
What is a typical payout for a broken forearm claim?
The amount you’re owed for a broken forearm will depend on a number of factors. The value of the general damages will depend on the severity of the injury, whereas special damages will vary from person to person.
Can you sue a third party for a forearm fracture?
In order to make a claim for a broken forearm, you need to be able to show that you were owed a duty of care, that this duty was breached and that you were injured as a result. If you can show that these three conditions have been met, you may be able to claim.
What is the typical recovery time for a broken forearm?
A minor fracture takes around 6 to 8weeks to heal. For a more serious fracture, though, the recovery could be much longer.
Could you claim for psychological damage due to the broken forearm?
You may be able to claim for psychological damage caused as a direct result of your accident. In order to do this, you need to show that you’re suffering from a recognised psychiatric injury.
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