Our Personal Injury Solicitors are here to make your bone fractures claim as stress-free as possible.
We want you to focus on recovering from your injuries, while we work to get you the compensation and rehabilitation support you need.
When you contact us for a free consultation, ask if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis, and we'll be happy to advise you.
Fractures to bones can impact on countless aspects of daily life, so we’ll look at previous cases to determine how much compensation you should be entitled to receive.
And we’ll gather the evidence, witness statements and medical records, and deal with the other party so you don’t have to.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors are sensitive, empathetic and dedicated to getting the best results for our clients.
More Information on Bone Fractures
Bone fractures are extremely painful, and particularly distressing if the accident which caused your injuries wasn’t your fault.
Fractures often Happen after a Crush Injury such as:
- Being injured in a road traffic accident
- Being hit or run over by a car
- Falling off a bike or motorbike in a collision
- Slipping, tripping or falling
- Being hit by a falling object
- Getting a finger/hand trapped in machinery
- Falls from height (scaffolding/ladder)
- Being hit by a falling object.
As a result, bone fractures can often take a great deal of time to heal and can cause huge disruption to your life.
Maybe you can’t get to work and earn money to pay the bills. Perhaps you can’t drive to the shops, pick the kids up from school or enjoy an active social life.
And your physical fitness could be affected if you’ve suffered a bone fracture, as can your body image and mental health.
We recognise that all these things can be affected and we instruct world-class experts who provide specialist advice on what’s troubling you, so we can get you the treatment and compensation you deserve.
We can calculate the full financial impact of your injury and help you prove if a third party was responsible for your injury and present your evidence effectively.
Rehabilitation and other Support
Many bone fracture injuries do sadly result in hospital admission and we can offer you a free hospital or home visit (in England or Wales) if you want this as part of our service.
Our mission is to get you early access to medical treatment and rehabilitation, as we work to secure the compensation that you are entitled to.
We also offer help and support to your family and loved ones. Getting the right support for your family so they’re in the best position to support you on your road to recovery is very important to us.
As many bone fractures can affect your mobility and your ability to carry out household chores, you might need help and assistance from your family and friends.
Even though you haven’t paid for this care, as it’s provided voluntarily by a loved one, you can claim for the equivalent private cost of the care received.
Common Types of Bone Fractures
- Open (Simple) and Closed (Compound) Fractures
Fractures are either open or closed. If it is open, then this is where the bone breaks through the skin. In a closed fracture, the bone doesn’t penetrate the skin.
- Spiral Fracture
A spiral fracture is a fracture which occurs when a bone is broken by a twisting force where the break spirals around the bone. They often can occur when one part of the body, such as a leg, is in one fixed position whilst the rest of the body is in motion.
Spiral fractures are serious injuries and tend to require a combination of surgery and rehabilitation.
- Comminuted fractures
This where the bone breaks or splinters into two or more fragments. This type of fracture often results where there has been a high impact/force to the bone. For example, being run over by a car or having your leg crushed by a fork lift truck.
- Compression/Crush Fractures
A compression fracture is a fracture to the vertebrae (the spine). The vertebrae are stacked on top of one another to support your spine. A compression fracture can cause the vertebrae to collapse making them shorter in height.
This can cause serious and life-changing symptoms if the pieces of bone press on to your spinal cord or nerves in the surrounding area.
Compression fractures can occur in a traumatic accident. They can also commonly occur in accidents involving the elderly if they fall and in people who suffer from osteoporosis and have thinning and brittle bones.
Even if you have a previously diagnosed condition of osteoporosis before the accident, the law says that you have to take your victim as you find them.
It’s called the Egg Shell Skull rule, so this means that if you’re more vulnerable because you have broken bones due to a condition like osteoporosis and then you fall and suffer from fractures, the Defendant still has to compensate you for this.
The person who has caused your accident is not able to rely on the fact that you are frail, more sensitive or have a pre-existing weakness in the area you fracture to try and defend your claim. They have to take account of this weakness and compensate you.
- Depressed Fractures
A depressed fracture is a fracture to the skull which causes the skull bone to be pressed into the brain. They generally occur as a result of a force or trauma to the head, such as a fall from height, being assaulted/kicked, or being hit by a hammer or falling object such as a rock.
It’s a severe type of head injury and 11% of severe head injuries arise from a depressed fracture.
- Epiphyseal Fractures/Growth Plate Fracture
This is a type of injury which happens to children. It’s an injury to the growth plate area of a child’s bone. The growth plates tend to be a weak spot in children and can be injured by a fall, a collision or excessive pressure.
Sometimes known as a Salter-Harris Fracture, it really is important it’s diagnosed as soon as possible so the right treatment can take place.
- Greenstick Fractures
A greenstick fracture is a break to the bone of a child when their bones are soft, generally in children under 10. It occurs when the soft bone is bent and it cracks on one side only, not all the way through the bone.
What Risks can Bone Fractures Pose?
Every bone fracture is potentially serious and can be a life-changing injury depending on the type of fracture, your age and your general health at the time of the accident.
Common Risks with Bone Fractures include:
Infection: In bone fractures where the skin has broken, there is a particular risk of infection developing and cellulitis. You can claim compensation for the effects of infection arising from your fracture.
Blood Clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): As some injuries limit your mobility, there’s always a risk of developing blood clots, which in some cases can be life-threatening and for some sadly fatal.
Many people will need to take blood thinning medication or injections such as Warfarin or Heparin for life. You can claim compensation for the effects of clots following a fracture.
Circulation and Swelling: Depending on the type of bone fracture you have suffered, you can develop problems which affect your circulation and drainage and this can cause swelling. It’s important to get the right specialist legal advice as soon as possible.
Difference in Leg Length: Often a fracture to a limb can result in shortening of the limb and a difference in the length between right and left leg. This can affect, for example, the way you walk and you can claim for this. There are treatments available to extend the length of the limb to get uniformity.
There are orthotic aids and specially adapted shoes which can really help. It’s important you get the right expert legal advice on your options and treatment plan. You can claim for the cost of ongoing specially adapted shoes and aids and adaptations for life.
Nerve Damage and Neurological Symptoms: Some bone fractures can cause nerve damage which can trigger very painful and disturbing neurological symptoms and pain conditions such as Complex Regional Syndrome (CRPS).
Scar Sensitivity: Many people can be left with tingling and altered sensation around the wound site of the fracture or where you have scars from surgery and the fitting of a fixation device. We can access you specialist advice on treating your scar, protecting your scar and camouflage options if you’re bothered by its appearance.
Again, you might need access to camouflage make-up, UV stockings and treatment therapies for life which you can claim for.
Arthritis: Many bone fractures do carry a risk of developing arthritis in the future at the sight of the fracture and it’s important that the likelihood of that risk happening is assessed by an expert, as this can affect the amount of compensation you could receive.
For example, if there is a strong risk that you will develop arthritis in the site of your fracture and the expert says this could affect your ability to work, or that you’ll likely need future treatment and increased help and assistance, then you can claim for the risks of this happening and future costs / losses.
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