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Fractures & Broken Bones

Have you suffered a Fracture or a broken bone due to someone else’s carlessness?

Since bone fractures and breaks are quite common, you may think that they are not serious, but this is not the case. Fractures and bone breakages do qualify as a serious injury. 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) and 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. In the case where spinal cord damage also occurs, the injured person may never fully recover and will continue to require specialist healthcare for whole of life. So, with this in mind, if you have suffered a fracture, or broken bone as a result of an accident that you believe was not your fault, then it is highly likely that you will be entitled to make a claim for financial 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 then advise whether there is in fact a case to be answered and the likelihood of success. Sheldon Davidson are the go-to Law Firm in Greater Manchester for all types of serious 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 on valuing such claims and securing financial compensation for clients who have suffered this type of injury.

Causes of 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, bones can fracture. 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 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.
  • 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.

Types of Bone Fracture

A bone fracture can be open, closed, or displaced:

Closed fracture

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.

Displaced fracture

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

Telltale 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.

Treatment for Broken Bones

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. Thereafter 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 compensation claim for a broken bone?

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 and 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, 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.