Broken Bone Compensation and Bone Fracture Claims
Have you suffered a fracture or a broken bone due to someone else’s carelessness?
Broken Bone Claims are necessary following an accident that has affected your life negatively.
You may think that they are not necessary, since bone fractures and breaks are quite common, but this is not always true.
If you have been injured because of another party's negligence, you may be able to claim compensation.
In some cases, an operation and stay in hospital is required, followed by a long recovery programme involving lots of follow up treatment and rehabilitation (physiotherapy). In the case of particularly bad breaks, the bone, or surrounding nerves/tendons may never fully recover, and movement may remain limited for a long time after the original accident.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are renowned across Greater Manchester and the UK as a leading serious injury claim law firm for all types of serious personal injury, including fractures and broken bones.
We understand the recovery programmes and subsequent on-going healthcare needs of someone who has suffered such an injury and we are highly versed in valuing Broken Bone Claims and securing financial compensation.
When spinal cord damage also occurs, the injured person may never fully recover and will continue to require specialist healthcare for their whole life. If you have suffered a fracture as a result of an accident that you believe was not your fault, then it is highly likely that you will be entitled to claim for Broken Bone Compensation.
Each case is unique and therefore you need advice from an experienced and specially trained lawyer.
Call us today for an initial and free consultation, and we will listen to your story and advise regarding your likelihood of success.
What can cause a fractured or broken bone?
There are over 200 bones that make up the human skeleton, and when healthy and strong they can bear a lot of force. However, when subjected to an inordinate amount of force, such as during an accident, or fall, fractures can happen. In severe cases, bones can fracture into many pieces. Fractured and injured bones and joints are top of the list of reasons for A&E visits in the UK and some of the most common causes for such injuries are:
- Sports injury: where the bone has been subjected to an unusual level of force perhaps during a fall.
- Road Traffic Accident: where the body (particularly the legs) has been subjected to high-impact.
- Accident in the workplace: such as a fall from height, or being struck, or trapped by a moving, or heavy object. These can often be caused by a breach of health and safety protocols, and, subsequently, an employer’s duty of care.
- Osteoporosis: a health condition which weakens bones and therefore makes bone fracture more likely. More than 3 million people in the UK are affected and the most common type of bone fracture suffered by people with the condition is a broken wrist, or broken hip as the result of a slip, trip or fall.
- Stress fracture: which is the result of repeated stress on a particular bone, most commonly suffered by people who do a lot of high impact sports such as gymnastics or running.
- Broken Bones caused by Medical Negligence
What can I include in my fracture bone claim?
When making a Broken Bone Compensation claim, you will be compensated for your pain, suffering, and loss of amenities. Together with all direct losses you suffered because of the accident, these make up what are known as “general damages”. This part of your compensation for a broken bone is designed to compensate you for the effects the injuries have had on your quality of life.
If you have suffered other losses, such as damaged items, loss of earnings, costs of care or travel, and specialist equipment expenses, you will be compensated for those with your “special damages”.
Any compensation for your injury must be reasonably foreseeable, meaning you may not be able to claim for a loss or expense that is too remote from the direct effects of the injury. If you’re not sure what you can include in your Broken Bone Claims, contact Sheldon Davidson Solicitors today to assess your case.
What are the types of bone fracture?
A bone fracture can be open, closed, or displaced:
When the bone breaks or cracks, but the bone does not penetrate the skin. This makes it hard to know whether the bone is actually broken unless there are other symptoms such as swelling, or inability to move the bone.
Open fracture (or compound fracture)
More obvious as the broken bone can be seen through broken skin. Open fractures can be more serious, as they are more susceptible to infection.
When the bone has moved out of line. Tell-tale signs of a displaced fracture would be for the affected bone to look unusual and misshapen.
Bones most commonly fractured are:
- Broken wrist
- Broken ankle
- Broken Collarbone
- Broken Arm or leg
- Broken ribs
- Fractured Skull
- Broken Toe or Finger
- Spinal Cord Injury
What are the symptoms of a bone fracture?
The most immediate and telling symptom of a bone fracture is severe pain and most likely an inability to move the affected bone. In the case of a broken ankle the patient would be unlikely to be able to walk and in the case of a broken wrist, unable to use the affected hand. Other symptoms which would follow quite soon after would be swelling, bruising and the area may look misshapen, or out of place. Emergency medical care is always required.
How are broken bones treated?
As mentioned previously, due to the frequent occurrence of broken bones it can be perceived that they do not qualify as a serious injury, but they do. The main treatment for a broken bone is immobility, to allow the bone to heal itself. In some cases, surgical operations are required to re-set bones and in severe cases metal pins are used to fix shattered bones back in place. This will almost certainly require an extended stay in hospital.
A patient can require many months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy to return the bone to its original strength. This can mean a lot of time off-work and subsequent loss of earnings, which our lawyers would certainly look to value and include in any financial compensation claim.
Why choose SDS Solicitors for making a broken bone compensation?
Our expert lawyers are highly experienced and successful in managing claims for broken bones. We understand the significant impact they can have on a person’s life and that of their family. We believe strongly that if someone else was at fault, whether that be an employer, or a third party, then you deserve financial compensation for your inconvenience. We will ensure you are compensated for the pain you have suffered and the changes you may have had to make to your daily life as a result.
If you choose us to stand in your corner you can be confident that we will fight to ensure you are awarded the financial recompense you deserve. We have a solid reputation and track record of success for clients who have pursued claims for fractures / broken bones across the Greater Manchester region. So, call us today for an initial consultation and let us give you our expert legal advice on your specific case.
Do I have a time limit to make a broken bone compensation claim?
In general, the time limit for bringing a bone fracture claim is three years from the date of the injury or the 'date of knowledge' of the injury (to cover situations where the impacts of an injury surface at a future time).
However, if a child sustains an injury, due to an accident caused by the actions or negligence of another party, the time limit will usually expire on their 21st birthday unless the child never gains mental capacity due to their injuries, in which case the time limits do not apply.
We can support your Broken Bone Compensation claim through a range of funding options, including our No Win No Fee Injury Claim promise, as well as through private funding, and legal expenses insurance. Our Solicitors will consider whether we can handle your fracture claim on a No Win No Fee basis at the point of an initial evaluation of the circumstance surrounding your injury.
Why choose us?
Established in Whitefield, Manchester in 1997, we are a leading specialist personal injury, accident and medical negligence law firm acting for claimants who are victims of non-fault incidents.
At Sheldon Davidson Solicitors we also help our clients obtain the rehabilitation care they need without financial outlay.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester regularly act for clients on broken bone injury claims across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham and Whitefield.
Our team of recognised Serious Injury Claims Solicitors can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland. We serve clients across the UK.
We specialise in no win no fee personal injury claims, which means if you don't win, you won't have to pay.
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Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service. With Sheldon Davidson Solicitors in Whitefield, Manchester you can be confident that your claim is in safe hands.