A broken collarbone is also known as a ‘fractured clavicle.’ This injury usually happens after a fall or a blow to the shoulder. The collarbone is a long, slender bone just below your neck which runs from the breastbone to each shoulder.

You may break your collarbone because of an accident that wasn’t your fault. For example, you could have been involved in a road traffic or cycling accident, slipped or tripped in a public place, or been injured at work.

We know that if you break or damage your collarbone it can be extremely painful and have long-lasting effects. In serious cases, you may suffer from long-term nerve damage. That’s why we help people who have broken their collarbone in an accident to claim compensation. Find out more by speaking to one of our experts today.

What are the symptoms of a broken collarbone?

If you have broken or cracked your collarbone it will be very painful. You may also experience:

  • Swelling or tenderness;
  • Bruising;
  • Bleeding;
  • Numbness or pins and needles;
  • Your shoulder may be slumped downwards and forwards.

How is a broken collarbone treated?

Most of the time, your collarbone will heal naturally with the help of a sling. However, in rare cases, where the injury is more severe, you may need surgery.

How long does a broken collarbone take to heal?

In adults it normally takes between 6 to 8 weeks for this injury to heal. It may take the same period again to restore full strength to your shoulder. In children, the healing process is normally faster.

How much compensation can you claim for a broken collarbone?

A shoulder-related broken bone or injury can be worth anything from £6,920 to £42,110, depending on how severe it is. The amount you could be able to claim will depend on your specific circumstances.

The estimates above only include the amount you could receive in ‘general damages’ i.e. the compensation you could receive for your pain, suffering, and loss of amenity. On top of these figures, you may also be able to claim what is known as ‘special damages.’ This is compensation which covers any earnings you may have lost, travel expenses, and money you could lose in the future. Find out more about the different types of compensation you can claim here. For a better idea of how much your claim could be worth please use our claim calculator or call us today on 0800 025 0000.


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What may you be able to claim for?

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earnings
  • Cost of care and assistance provided by a friend and/or family member
  • Travelling expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Any other expenses caused by the accident

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We have helped thousands of clients successfully get the compensation they deserve – you can read some of our case studies here. Alternatively, read our glowing client testimonials here93% of our reviews on Trustpilot are ‘excellent.’

How can we help?

If you think you may have a claim for compensation, please contact us today for free advice. You can call us on 0800 025 0000.