What Medical Evidence is Needed?
As part of your claim, we need to work out exactly how severe your fracture is and how it has impacted your life. This is really important because we want to claim for the right amount of compensation and help you get any care, support and rehabilitation you may need.
To do this, we’ll arrange for you to be assessed by an independent orthopaedic consultant surgeon, who’ll write a report detailing your condition and advising on any treatments or rehabilitation that could benefit you.
If you’ve suffered any other injuries, including psychiatric injuries, we’ll obtain reports from experts in those fields too.
If there haven’t been any admissions of fault, you can take your medical reports to your GP to ask for any treatment recommendations to be organised through the NHS.
How Much Compensation Will I Get?
Most personal injury claims are split into General Damages and Special Damages.
General Damages are designed to compensate for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by an accident, and are determined by the Judicial College Guidelines.
The amount you can claim for a fracture depends on how severe it is. A simple Colles fracture of the wrist would attract an award of around £6,970, while you could possibly be awarded between £26,000 and £36,000 for a complex fracture to the leg which results in permanent discomfort or immobility.
We should stress though that these are just guidelines, so any amount you receive for an injury will depend on your specific circumstances.
Special Damages, meanwhile, cover the direct losses that arise from an injury, such as:
- Loss of earnings
- The cost of medical care
- Travel expenses
- Care costs
- The cost of specialist aids and equipment
The financial consequences of a fracture injury will be different for each person, so Special Damages must be carefully calculated and evidenced.