£40,000 Compensation Payout For Fractured Collarbone At Work – Case Study

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated November 9th 2021. Welcome to this case study covering personal injury claims payouts for a fractured collarbone.

At Accident Claims UK we are specialists in dealing with personal injury claims including broken collarbone at work type accidents and have dealt with many similar cases over the years. In this case study we examine how a fractured collarbone at work can happen, what damage a fractured/broken collarbone can lead to and how the case was settled with the help of a personal injury solicitor who understands the serious consequences a fractured collarbone at work can have.

In this case, the claimant was a male employee of a company he’d worked at for many years. On the day that his fractured collarbone at work happened he was inspecting a forklift truck that was being lowered from a lorry for repair when another lorry, from another company, reversed into the claimant pinning him in between the forklift and the lorry.

As a result of the crushing the claimant didn’t just suffer just a fractured collarbone at work, he suffered two and also multiple other fractures including ribs, leg, arm and ankle. As part of a larger settlement, the claimant received £40,000 for the fractured collarbone injury. Without a dedicated personal injury solicitor this settlement would’ve probably been a lot less.

At Accident Claims UK we are able to provide specialists who can deal with broken collarbone at work claims on your behalf and have dealt with numerous personal injury claims successfully on behalf of previous clients.

Accidents And Injuries At Work Caused By Forklift Trucks

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) accidents at work involving forklift trucks, reach trucks and similar warehousing vehicles are fairly common. In fact, they account for nearly a quarter of all workplace accidents involving vehicles. There’s no statistic recorded on how many resulted in a broken collarbone at work but we do know it happened in this case. The common types of accident involving a forklift truck (which could result in a broken collarbone at work similar to the incident referred to in this case study) are:

  • Drivers injured following a collision or vehicle tipping over due to too much weight being lifted.
  • Other workers being injured by being hit by a forklift.
  • Other workers being injured by goods falling from the forklift.

One common practice in warehouses and factories is that staff who haven’t been formally trained to use a forklift drive them because the usual driver is busy or on a break. Although they might seem easy to operate, forklifts are complex pieces of equipment and anybody driving one should have a current full licence to do so.

Any one of these can lead to a serious crushing injury or fractured collarbone at work and other types of injuries too like cuts, bruising and broken bones, and in extreme cases fatalities.

How Serious Is A Fractured Collarbone?

A fractured/broken collarbone at work is a very painful injury and also takes a while to heal with a broken collarbone healing time of up to 8 weeks. If the broken collarbone is not healed properly then it can lead to further pain and complications beyond those 8 weeks.

Broken collarbone compensation personal injury claims payouts for a fractured collarbone.

Personal injury claims payouts for a fractured collarbone.

The NHS list broken collarbone symptoms as: numbness (or pins and needles) if any nerves in the arm have been injured, tenderness or swelling around the collarbone area, bruising and bleeding if the bone pierces the skin.

While some cases of a fractured collarbone at work will heal themselves with the use of a sling the more complex collarbone fractures and breaks will require a general anaesthetic. These are the cases where the bones are not lined up correctly to heal naturally or if the initial broken collar bone didn’t heal correctly.

How Are Accident At Work Claims Made?

In this claim where the fractured collarbone at work was caused by the negligence of the company and the company of the other driver, the personal injury solicitor involved in the case gathered evidence to support the claim from witnesses to the accident at work. As well as the witness evidence they collated the medical records which showed the extent of the pain and suffering that the broken collarbone at work had caused the claimant.

By ensuring that they had enough evidence to support the claim that the work injury was somebody else’s fault, the personal injury solicitor was able to settle the claim with the other parties involved. The claim for the broken collarbone contained personal injury compensation, financial losses and also took into account the future suffering the injury will cause. It is important in any personal injury claim when calculating compensation to provide evidence of losses during the accident, during the recovery period and any future pain and financial losses too. This is why choosing the right personal injury solicitor is important if you’re considering claiming for your fractured collarbone at work injury.

What Settlement Was Reached In This Claim?

The case was settled successfully as part of a larger claim for compensation, taking into account the other injuries that the claimant received, but the element for the broken collarbone at work payout was £40,000.

This would’ve taken into account how much pain and suffering the broken collarbone at work caused the claimant, how much financial losses he suffered as a result of his injury and also any future suffering the injury is likely to cause him.

As with most personal injury claims, the other party’s solicitor would’ve tried to offer a much lower amount or try to claim the other party wasn’t responsible at all. This is why a good personal injury solicitor is essential when claiming for a broken collarbone at work – the right solicitor will ensure you settle at the right amount for your injuries and not what suits the company you are claiming against.

Make A No Win No Fee Claim For A Broken Collarbone

If you’ve suffered a fractured collarbone at work or a broken collarbone injury then you may be put off from claiming for personal injury compensation because you’re worried about the costs of employing a solicitor to take the case on for you.

A good personal injury solicitor is definitely recommended to take on a case like a broken collarbone injury because making a claim can be a complex task but paying for that solicitor, we believe, should only happen if they are successful at winning compensation. At Accident Claims UK we offer a no win, no fee services for all cases we take on, including broken collarbone at work injuries, so that our clients don’t have to deal with the stress of finding funds up front or ending up with a large bill if the claim is unsuccessful. We believe this is fair and after we have a free initial consultation with you, so that we can understand how your broken collarbone injury was caused and the impact it has had on you, we will let you know during the consultation if we think you have a chance of successfully claiming compensation.

How To Contact Our Team About Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Fractured Collarbone

If you’ve had a fractured collarbone at work or elsewhere, or any other collarbone injury then it’s easy to contact us to begin your free consultation. We will listen to every detail of how your accident happened, how you suffered and work out what we can claim compensation for on your behalf on a no win no fee bases. We’re available now so feel free to make contact today.

To get in touch:

Our team are professional and understand how daunting it can be to make a personal injury claim for a broken collarbone or shoulder injury but don’t worry. All of our team are friendly and will work at a pace that suits you but at the same time make sure that any compensation offers made are the best possible amount and advise you whether to accept or not.

How do I get no win no fee personal injury claims payouts for a fractured collarbone?

As we explained in the section above, you could make a no win no fee claim for compensation with our specialist solicitors, who are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. If you are wondering how such claims work, we offer a brief outline below.

Initially, at the beginning of your claim, your lawyer will send you a Conditional Fee Agreement. This document would contain success fee details, which is the fee that you would pay if your claim is a success. This is usually calculated as a small, legally capped percentage of your eventual compensation settlement. Again, please note this is only payable if your claim is successful. Once you have signed and returned the agreement document, your lawyer would begin working on your case and negotiating for compensation for your injuries and financial losses. When your compensation settlement comes through, the success fee would be deducted and you would benefit from the balance.

How do I maximise personal injury claims payouts for a fractured collarbone?

In order to make sure that you get the maximum compensation settlement possible for your case, it would be wise to have an experienced personal injury solicitor on your side. While it could be possible to make your own claim without legal representation, if you have no experience with making such claims, you may find the claims process rather stressful. You may also be slightly concerned about whether you had enough evidence to prove your claim and negotiate for the highest level of compensation possible. If you use the services of a legal professional, you could have peace of mind that everything was being handled properly. You would not have the stress of compiling all the legal paperwork, and your solicitor could use all of their knowledge and experience to negotiate for the maximum compensation settlement amounts for your claim.

In addition to using a solicitor, you would need to provide medical evidence of your injuries. You would obtain this evidence by attending an appointment with an independent medical professional. They would examine you and write a detailed medical report, which included information about your prognosis and your injuries. This could significantly impact the amount of compensation you receive.

What other reasons could I get personal injury claims payouts for a fractured collarbone?

There are a variety of incidents that could lead you to make a claim for a fractured collar bone. Payouts could be achievable in cases where you could prove that somebody could be held liable for your injuries. The case above relates to an accident at work in which an employer was held liable. However, you could also make claims for injuries in public places that were caused by negligence of the people responsible for keeping those areas safe. Or, you could make them for road traffic accidents that cause such injuries. Road traffic accident statistics show that over 115,000 people suffered some kind of injury on UK roads in 2020. Any of the road users in the graphic below could make a compensation claim if they could prove their injuries were the fault of someone else.

personal injury claims payouts for a fractured collarbone statistics graph

Helpful Resources Relating to Personal Injury Claims Payouts For A Fractured Collarbone

Here are some useful documents that may help you when considering if you should make a claim for a fractured collarbone injury:

Accident at work compensation claims – Our guide to non-specific injuries at work, how the claims process works and how much compensation you may get for an accident at work with an alternative to a compensation calculator.

HSE Stats on Fork Lift Accidents – A document from the government’s safety department on transportation and storage accident statistics.

NHS Collar guide to broken collarbones – A useful guide to broken collarbone treatment and diagnosis from the NHS.

Other Useful Resources

Thank you for reading this case study relating to personal injury claims payouts for a fractured collarbone. Whether you’ve been involved in a car accident, or suffered medical negligence leading to simple fractures or complex injuries with ongoing pain, we could help you achieve compensation payouts for your claims.