Suffered a fracture in an accident that wasn’t your fault?
Fracturing or breaking a bone can be an incredibly painful experience. While most fractures heal within a few weeks and cause temporary disruption to everyday life, there are occasions when fractures can lead to serious long-term damage.
For example, a fractured skull can be a life-threatening injury and could have a devastating effect on both the injured person and their family. Meanwhile, fractures to the major joints, such as the knee or elbow, could lead to osteoarthritis later on in life.
There are also occasions where fractures are missed or misdiagnosed, which can lead to a delay in receiving the right kind of treatment and may require further surgery down the line, which, in some cases, can result in permanent damage.
If you have fractured or broken a bone in an accident that wasn’t your fault, whether it was in a road traffic accident, an accident at work, or a slip in a public place, you may be entitled to make a fracture compensation claim.
What is a fracture?
People often mistakenly think that a fractured bone is a minor injury involving a small crack, whereas a broken bone is a more serious injury involving a bone that has completely snapped in two.
However, in medical terms, any type of cracked, broken or crushed bone is referred to as a fracture, regardless of how severe it is.
Any bone in the body can be fractured, but some of the most common fractures include:
- Fractured ankle
- Fractured elbow
- Fractured eye socket
- Fractured jaw
- Fractured knee or patella
- Fractured sternum
- Fractured wrist
A more serious break would be a fractured skull which could lead to a brain injury or a fractured spine which could cause a spinal cord injury.
Types of fracture
As well as there being many different bones that can fracture, there are also many different kinds of fracture. Some of these are:
- Single fracture – Single break in the bone
- Compound/open fracture – Where the bone has pierced through the skin
- Avulsion fracture – Where a small piece of bone breaks off from the main bone
- Complete fracture – The bone is split into two completely separate pieces
- Longitudinal fracture – The break runs down the length of the bone rather than across
- Comminuted fracture – The bone is broken in more than two pieces
Fracture claim case study
At What’s My Claim Worth, we have a huge amount of experience in helping clients get the personal injury compensation they deserve. Find out how we secured one client £7,200 in compensation after they fractured their arm during a fall at a guesthouse.
Making a fracture compensation claim
If you have suffered a fracture as the result of another person’s negligence, then there is a very good chance you could be entitled to claim compensation.
As specialist accident and injury solicitors, we can advise if you are entitled to make a personal injury claim following your accident, and can also arrange any help and support you may need. From medical expenses to loss of earnings, we’re here to recover the costs of your accident and get you the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
Get an idea of what your fracture claim could be worth by using our Claimometer, or get in touch with the experienced team at What’s My Claim Worth, who will be happy to help you with your claim on a no win, no fee basis.
Find out how we secured our client over £7,000 in compensation after they fractured their arm whilst staying at a guesthouse.