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Can I claim compensation for a broken bone?

A broken bone as the result of an accident or injury, is a painful experience, which for many will require a visit to your local A&E department for a plaster cast and a few weeks / months healing.

Examples of common broken bone cases are below:

  • Slip and trip due an uneven pavement (we have previously shared a blog on trips and falls that can be viewed here).
  • Falls whilst at work
  • Employers failing to provide adequate PPE
  • Falls in care homes
  • Children’s accidents
  • Road traffic accident (Simon Bransby has previously acted on behalf of a client who suffered a fracture of the sacrum at S3 and S4 level in the lower back in a road traffic accident – the case study can be viewed here).

Broken bones can take a varying amount of time to heal. This time is often dependent on the type of bone broken, the break itself and the age of the person. In general, small bones take about four weeks, with larger bones taking between six weeks to three months in the average healthy adult.

In some more severe cases, surgery may be required to fix a broken bone using metal screws, pins, rods, or plates to hold the bone in place.

Compensation for a broken bone

If you have suffered a fractured or broken bone as the result of someone else’s actions or negligence, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. (So long as the accident or injury occurred within the last 3 years. Rarely, claims can be made outside the three-year limitation period, however – and children have three years from the age of 18 to make a claim).

Compensation can be awarded for the following, when suffering a fractured or broken bone.

  • Loss of earnings – for many adults, a broken bone may mean a substantial period of time away from work often without pay.
  • Medical expenses – these can cover any medication prescribed/purchased or equipment needed (e.g. a wheelchair).
  • Private medical treatment -this may be for physiotherapy/osteopathy or private surgery.
  • General damages – for the injuries sustained which can include for psychological injury (a previous blog on psychological injury compensation can be viewed here).  
  • Long-term care – In some very severe cases, broken or fractured bones can leave a person living with a permanent disability which may include difficulties walking or an increased risk of arthritis, particularly if the bone was broken in your wrist, knees, ankles, back or hands.  Often in such cases help around the home or in the garden will be required.
  • In very serious cases modifications to a home may be required.

Complications from bone fracture repair surgery, although extremely rare, can happen and include:

  • Infection
  • Blood Clots
  • Bleeding
  • Allergic reaction to anaesthesia.

 

If you have suffered a fractured or broken bone and you think you have a personal injury claim, contact us on 01603 877000 or via email: info@m-j-p.co.uk.

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