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Breaks and Fractures Claims

There are 206 bones in the human body, and they can all technically break or fracture.

A broken or fractured bone can be a resulting injury occurring due to a lot of different accidents. While most people believe that there is a great difference between a fracture and a break, with bone breaks being more severe, this isn’t necessarily true. In medical terms, there is no difference between a break and a fracture, 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 will be entitled to compensation either way as long as the accident was not your fault. 

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

How much compensation?

The level of compensation that you are likely to receive will depend upon exactly which bone was broken, the severity of that break as well as additional factors such as whether you have experienced a loss of earnings due to being unable to work with your injuries. For example, fractured skull cases could lead to a pay-out of compensation anywhere from £95,000 upwards. Broken toe cases could result in anywhere from £7,650 to £16,800 depending upon the severity. Discover more on our compensation calculator page.

Types of Broken Bones

There are multiple factors that contribute to the risk of a broken or fractured bone. Medical research has shown broken bones and fractures are particularly common in young children and the elderly. As bones are broken on impact, it can only take a small mistake to cause such a serious and painful injury. There is a large range of breaks and fractures, ‘greenstick’ fractures do not need a cast to heal while in other cases the bone is so badly damaged it could take months of rehabilitation for it to heal. 

Other terms relating to broken and fractured bones include: 

  • Simple or closed fracture – can be treated fairly easily with minor medical attention as there is normally only slight damage to the nearby tissue
  • Compound or open fracture – this injury may need more treatment as they can often be considered as complex breaks which have damaged surrounding skin. 
  • Comminuted fracture – this type of fracture is when the bone completely shatters into several fragments. 
  • Hairline fracture – a slight or fine crack in the bond which may only faintly show up on an X-ray and requires a small amount of treatment to repair. 
  • Spiral fracture – depending on impact, this type of fracture will be a spiral-shaped break across the bone.
  • Transverse fracture – this is when the bone is broken at a right angle to the long plane of the bone.
  • Oblique fracture – this is known to be a common fracture that occurs when the bone breaks diagonally.
  • Compression fracture – this can be a serious injury as the bone is crushed, causing it to be flat in appearance. 

The impact of a break or fracture

Breaking a bone can result in a huge amount of swelling, pain and many hospital visits. If an individual or a company was responsible for the incident that caused your injury you may be able to sue them for negligence. This could be in response to poor health and safety at work, for example, meaning that your injury was caused by potential negligence on the part of your employer. 

Break or fracture? We can help

Breaks and fractures usually require a lot of time to heal which can be frustrating. You may be immobilised for several weeks as you wait for a break or fracture to heal, which impacts upon your quality of life and your ability to work. After that, you’ll need to regain your strength through exercise and physiotherapy. 

The rehabilitation period can also prove to be costly in the sense that everyday tasks become challenging, and assistance in terms of getting around and having time off work can put a strain on your finances. When a break or fracture is not your fault, you deserve to make a claim for compensation. A successful broken bone compensation claim can help ease the financial burden of recovery. 


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Where do I start?

No matter the specifics of your injury, 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 and compensation 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 or you can fill out our online injury claims form and one of our advisors will be in contact shortly. 

Making Personal Injury Claims

If you have suffered a fracture or bone break that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. 

First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

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