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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Types of bone fractures: Compound fractures


    Slips, trips and falls, whether they occur at work or at home, can cause a great deal of pain and huge inconveniences to the victim, especially so where a fracture is sustained.

    Although all types of fractures do cause incredible discomfort to the individual involved, a compound fracture can be particularly traumatic due to the nature of the personal injury.

    What is a compound fracture?

    A compound fracture is different to other fractures as there must also be a break in the skin at the point of the broken bone.

    For a fracture to be considered compound, the personal injury victim must have an open wound that shows the bone, without the protection of skin or tissue.

    What causes compound fractures?

    As you can imagine, it take a relatively high impact to cause a compound fracture. Accidents at work could include falling from a heights or collisions with moving vehicle. Outside of work, road traffic accidents can also cause compound fractures.

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    It is also possible for underlying conditions to cause compound fractures, but in most cases, this is highly unlikely to have been the cause of injury at work.

    How are compound fractures treated?

    As with all fractures, there are a number of options for treating a compound facture injury.

    It is likely that pain management medication will be prescribed; however, depending on the nature of the injury, the way in which the bone is fixed may vary.

    Typically, a method called immobilization is used, where a plastercast is applied to the injured area to prevent the bone from moving and to enhance the bone’s natural repair.

    Alternatively, should the compound fracture be particularly severe, surgery may be required, in which nails, bone grafting and metal plates may be used.

    Claiming compensation for a compound fracture

    The very nature of a compound fracture suggests that a reasonably significant accident has occurred to cause the injury.

    Having sustained such a severe fracture, it is likely that the victim of the accident may want to claim compensation for the harm suffered.

    In a case such as this Accident Advice Helpline can, initially, look at the basics of your case and assess if it is likely that your claim would be successful if pursued.

    Accident Advice Helpline then works on a no win, no fee* basis to ensure that victims of personal injury receive the compensation they deserve for the pain and difficulty they have endured.

    Date Published: February 10, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.