Broken bones can be a common outcome of accidents at work, road traffic accidents, sporting accidents, trips, slips and falls and many other incidents. It’s a common misconception that there is a difference in severity between a break and a fracture. In fact, in medical terms, any sort of cracked, broken or crushed bone is referred to as a fracture. Likewise, when we speak about broken bones compensation, we include:
- Any sort of crush injury that has damaged a bone or bones
- Any sort of fracture, whether it is hairline, simple or compound
- Any sort of cracked or chipped bone
Types of broken bone injuries
In the case of compound fractures, where the broken bone breaks through the skin and other complex injuries, surgery is often required. Pins, plates or wires may need to be inserted to keep the broken pieces of bone in place until they heal. The surgeon may also need to repair damage to surrounding tissues as part of the operation. Further surgery may be required later to remove pins and other supports. Recovery can be a long and painful process and the patient may suffer a significant degree of scarring.
Who is entitled to broken bones compensation?
Anybody who has fractured a bone in any sort of non-fault accident in the last three years, could be entitled to broken bones compensation. Also, if a medical practitioner failed to diagnose or treat a broken bone properly and your injury got worse as a result, you could also be entitled to compensation.
The personal injury compensation system exists to support people who have received injuries through no fault of their own. It is your right, so you should never feel that there is any shame in pursuing a compensation claim.
As we’ve already alluded to, broken bones can entail a lengthy recovery process. Indeed, victims in very severe cases may never fully recover and may require on-going support, pain relief and treatment. It is also important to consider that some effects of the original injury may only begin to affect you later in life.
For example, when joints such as the wrist, ankle, hip, elbow, knee, thumb or fingers are involved in a fracture, there is an increased risk of developing arthritis later in life. This can be painful, and lead to restricted movement and disability. That’s why it’s so important to claim compensation as soon as possible after your accident, to make sure that you receive an amount which is in keeping with the pain and suffering you have been through and may face in the years ahead.
Chat to Accident Advice Helpline today
If you have been injured in any sort of accident that wasn’t your fault, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline today to start your no-win, no-fee broken bones compensation claim.
Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone to chat to one of our advisers.
Date Published: 18th March 2013
Author: David Brown