The tibia qualifies as the second-largest bone in the whole of the human body. The tibia is sometimes referred to as the shin bone, because you can feel it at the front of your leg – the part you’d refer to as your shin.
This is a large bone and a strong one too, since it has to support a lot of your body weight. However, it is not invincible, and in some rare cases it can be broken. This can happen if something hits your leg with enough force to break it. There are a variety of situations that could potentially lead to this happening.
What might break your tibia?
You could break your tibia if you were involved in a road accident, either in a car or if you were a pedestrian. The impact must be significant enough to fracture the bone, either in a hairline fracture or in a more severe break. The strength of this bone gives you some idea of the force that must be required in order to break it.
The impact and nature of the accident will determine whether you end up with a simple fracture or something more involved. For instance, the impact of a car might mean the bone breaks in more than one place. This could mean it potentially needs to be pinned back together for successful healing. This in turn would involve a surgical procedure.
Are you entitled to claim any broken tibia compensation?
This will depend on what occurred to cause the break in the first place. For example, if you were at a pedestrian crossing and the lights had turned green, you would have started to cross. However, if a vehicle went through their red light and knocked you down, that driver would clearly be at fault. Their negligence in ignoring or not seeing the red light instructing them to stop directly led to the accident and your broken tibia.
Accident Advice Helpline can make sure you find out the answers to any questions you may have at a time like this. Broken tibia compensation may be a possibility for you if you have good evidence that someone was negligent. By calling 0800 689 0500 you can speak to a friendly advisor about what happened to you. If it happened within the last three years, we can provide no-obligation advice about a claim.
Date Published: November 7, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead