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Broken Bones & Fracture Compensation Claims

 

Have you suffered a broken bone or fracture due to somebody else’s negligence? If you have been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, and have sustained a broken bone or fracture injury, our team of specialist personal injury solicitors can help you. If the person or organisation responsible for your accident owed you a duty of care, and the accident occurred as a result of a breach in that care, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Even the most seemingly minor broken bone injury can have an impact on your life as you will likely need to take time off work to receive treatment, and you may become more reliant on your loved ones to care for you whilst you heal. It can be even more frustrating when the injury occurred due to somebody else’s negligence.

Bone breaks and fractures are fairly common injuries after an accident, so you may not immediately think of them as being serious enough to consider making a claim for compensation. However, if the injury could have been avoided, had the correct health and safety procedures been followed, you may be entitled to claim.

In some cases a fracture may need to be treated with surgery, which usually involves a stay in hospital plus a lengthy period of healing, rehabilitation, and follow-up treatments. Depending on the type and severity of the fracture, some people may experience lifelong issues with their mobility and sensations around the site of the wound, for example if the surrounding nerves and tendons do not recover fully after the accident.

Here at Lanyon Bowdler we understand the complex recovery and ongoing healthcare needs of individuals who have suffered from a life-changing fracture injury. We treat every case as unique, taking the time to get to know you and understand your personal circumstances, which enables our highly qualified and experienced personal injury specialists to tailor their approach to suit your needs. Using our empathic approach, we can ensure you receive the legal and medical support you need as you recover from your injuries.

 

What Kind Of Accidents Can Cause Broken Bones And Fractures?

Any type of accident could potentially cause a broken bone injury, but some of the most common accidents that bring about a compensation claim for a fracture include:

  • Accidents at work caused by faulty machinery, improper training, inadequate personal protective equipment, falling from height, things falling onto a person from a height, or tripping over loose wiring.
  • Accidents at school caused by poorly maintained playground equipment, improper supervision at school/nursery, or an injury whilst playing sports.
  • Road traffic accidents either as a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian involved in any sort of collision.
  • Accidents in a public place such as a supermarket, park, library, footpath etc are often caused by poorly maintained equipment, slippery floors, and trip hazards.
  • Falls from height for example when using ladders or stairs, falling from a faulty balcony or mezzanine, or carrying out work on a roof.
  • Accidents in a care home can happen due to improper lifting techniques, faulty hoist equipment, or trip and slip hazards.
  • Sporting accidents can occur due to collisions with other players or with balls, horse riders being thrown from the horse, or falling from height whilst climbing without proper safety harnesses, for example.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and if you have been involved in an accident of any type, which was caused by somebody else’s negligence, resulting in a broken bone injury, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Speak to our specialist team of personal injury lawyers today to find out how we can help you on the road to recovery after your fracture injury.

 

What Are The Most Common Types Of Bone Fractures?

Fractures and bone breaks are interchangeable terms, both referring to a bone which has been shattered after being subjected to excessive force. In most cases, fractures are not life-threatening, but they do require urgent medical attention in order to heal properly and prevent further complications.

Some of the most common types of bone fracture include:

  • Open - the bone may have penetrated the skin and be visible outside of the body.
  • Closed- the broken bone is not visible outside of the skin.
  • Simple - the bone has broken in one place.
  • Compound - the bone is broken in more than one place.
  • Displaced - the broken bone parts are out of alignment with each other.
  • Non displaced - the broken bones are still in alignment with each other.
  • Chalkstick - the fracture occurs transverse across the bone.
  • Spiral - the bone is broken in a spiral due to a twisting force exerting pressure, which can happen when one part of the body is in a fixed position while the rest of the body is in motion.
  • Comminuted - when the bone breaks it splinters into two or more fragments, which is often the result of a high impact to the bone, e.g. being crushed by a vehicle.
  • Depressed - this is when a fracture to the skull results in the skull bone being pressed into the brain, usually after trauma to the head such as being hit with a blunt object or falling from height.
  • Epiphyseal/growth plate -  this is a type of fracture that occurs in children due to their growth plates being a weak spot that is susceptible to injury when exposed to excessive pressure or trauma.
  • Greenstick - this is the term for a fracture in a child under the age of 10 as their bones are still soft. A greenstick fracture occurs when the bone bends and cracks on just one side of the bone.
  • Compression - this is a fracture to the vertebrae, whereby compression causes them to collapse, and can be very serious if the vertebrae bones press on the spinal cord or nerves.

Compression fractures are common in accidents involving elderly people and those who suffer with osteoporosis. However, even if the osteoporosis was previously diagnosed before the accident, the law states that you must take your victim as you find them, also known as the Egg Shell Skull rule. What this means is that if you’re more vulnerable to breaks and fractures due to a medical condition and you sustain a fracture in an accident that wasn’t your fault, the defendant must still compensate you.

If you need any clarification on whether or not you are entitled to bring a claim for compensation after a bone break or fracture injury, please get in touch and one of our friendly and experienced personal injury lawyers will be happy to assist you. 

 

How Are Broken Bone Injuries Treated?

The healing ability of the human body is amazing, and in most cases the broken bone just needs a little bit of help from a medical professional to aid it as it heals. In order for a bone to heal effectively it will usually need to be immobilised using a splint, rod, sling, or plaster cast, depending on where the broken bone is situated.

If the broken bone is misaligned, the pieces will need to be put back into place in order for it to heal properly. This is usually done with a local anaesthetic to numb the wound site, but in more severe cases it may need to be done under a general anaesthetic. Once the bone has been realigned it can be immobilised and allowed to heal.

In some severe fracture cases, for example where the bone is broken into several pieces or is poking out of the skin, it may be necessary for the individual to undergo orthopaedic surgery to repair the break. Depending on the type and severity of the fracture, the surgeon may need to use pins or plates in order to position the bones, enabling them to heal properly.

 

What Risks Can Bone Fractures Pose?

Whilst bone fractures are not usually life-threatening, they can sometimes be life-changing depending on the type and severity of the fracture, as well as your general health and age at the time of the incident. There are a number of potential health complications that could occur as a result of a bone fracture, including:

  • Infection - If the skin has broken as well as the bone, there is the risk of an infection developing, which could also lead to cellulitis - a bacterial infection in the deeper layers of the skin.
  • Nerve damage - In some cases a bone fracture can also cause nerve damage, which can lead to painful neurological symptoms that can be long-lasting.
  • Blood clots - Some bone break injuries limit mobility, and with limited movement comes the risk of developing blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which can be life-threatening. After a blood clot, many people will need to take blood thinning medication for the rest of their lives to prevent further clots from forming.
  • Circulatory problems - Some bone fractures can cause problems with circulation and drainage of fluids within the body, which can lead to long-term swelling and further issues like pain, stiffness, itchy skin, ulceration, and scarring.
  • Arthritis - In some cases there may be a risk of developing arthritis in the site of the fracture in the future. A doctor can assess the probability of the risk, and this will be taken into account for your final compensation award.
  • Leg length - A fracture in the leg can sometimes affect the length of the leg, and therefore cause problems with walking. This will be taken into account in a compensation claim, ensuring money is provided to cover the cost of orthotic aids, physiotherapy, and surgery to correct the problem.
  • Scar sensitivity - After a fracture injury, some people may be left with altered sensation or a tingling feeling around the site of the wound, and may require special treatment or therapies to improve the situation.

It is important to speak to your doctor about the potential risks after your fracture injury as there may be preventative treatment and measures that can be taken to minimise the risks. If you have developed any additional health issues after breaking a bone in an accident which wasn’t your fault, we can help you to claim compensation and access the right treatment and rehabilitation to aid your recovery.

 

Why Choose Lanyon Bowdler?

Here at Lanyon Bowdler our expert team of personal injury solicitors has a strong track record of success in achieving maximum compensation awards for clients who have suffered a broken bone or fracture injury which wasn’t their fault.

We are proud to be one of the leading law firms in Shropshire, Herefordshire, North Wales, the West Midlands, the Marches, and all across England and Wales. Here are just a few of the reasons why our clients choose us:

  • Our empathetic and sensitive approach to personal injury claims means we take the time to get to know you and understand what you hope to achieve with your claim, ensuring we are on your team and working towards the right goal.
  • Our holistic approach to fracture compensation claims means we are not only here to provide legal assistance, but we can also aid your recovery by facilitating early access to medical treatment, rehabilitation, and therapeutic services, and helping you to access all available help and resources within your local community.
  • We are able to meet you wherever you are, whether you’re in hospital or recovering at home, we can offer a face to face visit, or a remote consultation via phone, email, or video conferencing to suit you.
  • We are here to work with you, tailoring our service to meet your wants and needs, and help you to achieve your goals.
  • We’re not just here for you, the victim, but we’re here for your whole family, helping you all to adjust to life after the accident, and get you on the road to recovery.
  • We are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and have received top tier accreditations from leading legal directories Chambers UK, and The Legal 500.

With Lanyon Bowdler on your team, you can be assured you’re in safe and competent hands. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

 

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Please give us a call for a friendly, confidential, chat about how we can help and support you with a serious injury compensation claim. There is no commitment or charge for our initial assessment. Contact a member of the team or complete our online enquiry form toward the top of this page on the right-hand side. We can also arrange a home or hospital visit, if more convenient.

Lanyon Bowdler has offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford, and Conwy in North Wales.

We regularly act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. As a leading UK Law firm we can represent you wherever you live in the UK

An accident that results in a fracture or broken bone can affect all aspects of your life, but with the right support, intervention, equipment and facilities, you can lead a full and productive life.

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