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A broken or fractured bone can be the unfortunate result of almost any major or minor incident and there is a common misunderstanding that the two are very different. In medical terms, however, there is no difference between a break and a fracture, in fact, they both mean that the bone has been disturbed in a certain way. Whether the outcome of an accident is a ‘hairline fracture’ or an ‘open break’, you may be entitled to compensation if you were not at fault.
With 206 bones in the human body, technically they can all become subject to a break or fracture. From a broken wrist to a fractured skull, the level of severity for this injury can differ massively with some even resulting in life changing surgery.
A number of factors contribute towards the risk of a broken bone or fracture and medical research has shown they are common in young children and the elderly. However, as any bone can be broken on impact, it may only take a small mistake which ends up causing such injury. As the range of breaks or fractures differs extensively, those known as ‘greenstick’ fractures do not require a cast, whereas in some cases the bone is so badly damaged that it could take months of rehabilitation.
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The impact of a break or fracture
Breaking a bone can result in a huge amount of swelling, pain and countless hospital visits so you may be entitled to compensation for the suffering you have undergone. If an individual or a company has owned up to the responsibility, you may sue them for negligence. This could be in response to poor health and safety at work, for example, meaning your injury was potentially the cause of failings in the workplace. The rehabilitation period can also prove to be costly in the sense that everyday tasks become challenging, and assistance in terms of getting around or having time off work may put a strain on your bank balance.
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If any of these breaks or fractures sound familiar, or whether you just need some friendly advice, our professional team of personal injury solicitors are on hand to guide you in the right direction. We have years of experience in ensuring our clients get the result they deserve and we will handle all negotiations along the way. Get in touch with one of our solicitors at First Personal Injury on our helpline 0800 808 9740 to discuss your no win, no fee claim or alternatively, fill out our online injury claim form and one of our advisors will be in contact with you shortly.
If you’ve had an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to accident and injury claims compensation. Our expert personal injury lawyers are able to assist with your potential claim and will help you win the compensation you deserve.
Contact First Personal Injury today by calling 0800 808 9740 or by filling out the online enquiry form.
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