With 206 bones in our bodies, we run a reasonable risk of breaking one or more when we’re involved in an accident, particularly as we get older and our bones tend to become more brittle.
When you break a bone, the pain of your initial injury may just be the start of your problems. Say for example you break a hip in a slip, trip or fall, and you need surgery to repair the broken joint. You have to undergo a fairly major operation, after which you will face a lengthy recovery process. You will be on crutches for some time and your ability to work, drive and do normal everyday things will be seriously affected.
You are eventually able to walk unsupported and get your life back to normal, but that may not be the end of the story. As your broken bone involved a joint, you now run an increased risk of developing arthritis in later life, or you could end up needing a hip replacement. Not only that, you may have inadvertently compensated for your injury by putting additional strain on your other side, which could lead to that joint wearing out and requiring eventual replacement.
We’ve painted quite a bleak scenario, but by no means an uncommon one. It serves to illustrate the long-reaching effects that broken bones can have. If you have suffered a fracture in any kind of incident that was somebody else’s fault, you may want to make a broken bones claim to ensure that you get the care you need to help you recover, and to cover any expenses arising from your injury.
A broken bones claim can arise from any number of incidents. At Accident Advice Helpline, we commonly deal with falls in shops, supermarkets and on public transport, injuries sustained at the gym or when participating in sports, accidents at work and of course road traffic accidents.
How much could you get for your broken bones claim?
Amounts of compensation vary according to the severity of your injuries, and can only ever be estimated, but you could try our handy compensation calculator to get an idea of how much you may be entitled to. If you decide to go ahead with your broken bones claim, your solicitor will be able to give you a more accurate estimate, based on similar cases which have come before the courts.
Chat to Accident Advice Helpline about your broken bones claim
If your accident happened in the last three years, and was somebody else’s fault, then it is your legal right to seek compensation. If you are in any doubt, or you wish to discuss your case further before making a decision, then get in touch with the team at Accident Advice Helpline for a free, no-obligation chat. Our helpful, professional advisers will talk through the particulars of your case and help you understand whether or not there is a case to be answered.
If you decide to go ahead, we will pass your case to one of our specialist solicitors, who will handle your case on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone for free initial advice about your claim.
Date Published: 18th March 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Broken bones claims