By Mark Anderson. Last Updated 2nd March 2021. Welcome to our guide on how to make a broken jaw claim. Have you suffered a broken jaw or fractured jaw because of an accident that was not your fault? Whether you were struck by a moving object, injured in a road traffic accident, fell, or suffered any other type of accident, if the accident that caused your fractured jaw bone injuries was the fault of another party, you may be able to claim broken jaw compensation from the party at fault.
Fortunately, Accident Claims UK could help you make your broken jaw claim. We could provide you with a solicitor to handle your claim who will strive to win you the best possible amount of broken jaw compensation that you could be owed.
To begin your fractured or broken jaw bone claim, call Accident Claims UK today on 0800 073 8801 to speak to a claims advisor. Your advisor will talk to you in-depth about your situation. If you have legitimate grounds to claim, we will assign a personal injury solicitor to your case, who will start working on your compensation claim as soon as possible. If you were injured due to another person or party acting negligently or suffered a broken jaw because of an assault, we are here to help you claim the compensation you are owed. Call to get started today.
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- A Guide To Claiming Compensation For A Fractured Or Broken Jaw
- What Are Fractured Or Broken Jaw Injuries?
- How Are Broken Jaw Injuries Caused?
- What Are The Symptoms Of Broken Jaws?
- Treatment For Broken Or Fractured Jaw Bone Injuries
- Claims For Broken Jaw Bones Caused By Road Traffic Accidents
- Claims For Broken Jaws Caused By Slips And Falls
- Claims For Misdiagnosed Jaw Bone Injuries
- Claims For Criminal Injuries Or Assaults Causing Broken Jaw Bones
- Fractured Or Broken Jaw Bone Compensation Calculator
- Additional Damages You Could Claim
- No Win No Fee Claims For A Fractured Or Broken Jaw
- How Accident Claims UK Could Help You
- Contact Us To Start A Broken Jaw Claim
- Where To Find Out More
- Broken Jaw Claim FAQs
In the United Kingdom, various parties owe each other a duty of care. This means that they are responsible for ensuring that they take positive actions to ensure that they do not harm others by acting negligently. For example, motorists owe other road users a duty of care, and shopkeepers owe their staff and customers a duty of care. If a party that owes another party a duty of care acts negligently, causing an accident involving the second party, they could be found to be liable for any injuries that were caused. Therefore, if you have suffered a broken jaw or fractured jaw bone injury because of negligence on the part of another party, you may be able to claim compensation.
In this guide, we will explain what a broken or fractured jaw bone injury is. We will also provide you with examples of how broken jaw bone accidents caused by negligence could happen. We will also look at how fractured jaw complications can arise if a doctor misdiagnoses a patient’s injuries.
Remember, if you have suffered a fracture due to an accident that was not your fault, you may be owed broken jaw compensation. You may be awarded funds to compensate you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity you have experienced due to your injuries. What’s more, if your claim is successful, you will also receive funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment or other expenses you may have due to your injuries. To begin your broken jaw claim, call Accident Claims UK or use our online claims form to reach us.
A broken bone is when a bone breaks into two or more pieces. A fracture is a broken bone or cracked bone. In this guide, we will refer to both types of injuries. The jawbone, or to use the scientific name the mandible, is the largest bone in the lower face. A broken jaw is an injury where the mandible is broken into two or more pieces or is fractured.
A broken jaw or fractured jaw injuries should be treated as soon as possible. If a broken or fractured jaw injury is not treated in a timely manner, it can take longer to heal, or fractured jaw complications can occur.
It was estimated that during 2019/20, in the workplace alone, there were over 4,500 injuries to the head and/or face, which includes jaw fractures. Of these, more than 1,000 were specified, with over 3,000 of these leading to an employee being absent from work for more than seven days.
Broken jaw injuries are caused by trauma to the face. The following types of incidents can cause a broken jaw:
- A broken jaw could be caused by assault or GBH. If you have experienced this, you may be able to claim broken jaw assault compensation.
- Sporting injuries can result in a broken or fractured jaw injury.
- Road traffic accidents can result in a broken jaw or fractured jaw.
- A slip or trip and fall accident can result in a fractured jaw bone injury.
- Workers can suffer a broken jaw in a workplace accident, or industrial accident.
If you’ve come to harm in any of these circumstances, you may be entitled to broken jaw compensation. Simply get in touch with our team to find out more.
What broken jaw symptoms or fractured jaw symptoms should you look for? Symptoms of a broken jaw or fractured jaw include:
- Pain in the jaw
- Malocclusion, which is the feeling that a person’s teeth do not all fit together
- Difficulty opening the jaw fully, swelling of the jaw and difficulty speaking.
- The lower lip and chin feel numb, due to the nerves of the mandible being damaged.
- Bleeding in the mouth
- A cut in the ear canal, due to the jaw bone being pushed backwards
- Cuts in the mouth
- A change in the way the teeth line up.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a broken jaw or fractured jaw that we have mentioned above, seek the appropriate medical treatment at a hospital Accident & Emergency (A&E) department. If you are having difficulty breathing, call an ambulance. Any such scenario could lead to you making a broken jaw claim.
How do doctors diagnose a fractured jaw injury? The doctor will usually conduct a physical exam to look for swelling and other visible broken jaw symptoms or fractured jaw symptoms. They may then take an x-ray to identify the fracture or break.
Jaw fractures and broken jaw injuries are treated using different methods depending on the severity of the injury. Medication will be given to help the injured person manage the pain. If the mandible fracture is stable, it will be treated by the upper and lower teeth being wired together. Broken and fractured bones knit together (heal) over time but need to be stabilised and immobilised, to make sure they heal in the correct position. During this time, the person won’t be able to eat solid food or speak clearly. If the breaks or fractures are more serious, the patient may have to have surgery where metal plates are inserted across the fracture site, to hold the mandible in place while it heals. The patient can usually eat normally soon after the operation, and the plates will be removed once the bone has healed.
A broken jaw can be caused by a road traffic accident. You may have been a cyclist that was knocked off your bike by another vehicle or a driver who suffered a road traffic collision with another vehicle. In some instances, passengers may experience a jaw fracture or broken jaw injury, because they were involved in a car accident or road traffic accident. You might be able to make a broken jaw bone claim if another driver or another party caused your road traffic accident. If you have been injured due to a car accident that was not your fault, call Accident Claims UK to see if you are owed compensation for a broken jaw claim.
Slip and fall accidents, or trip and fall accidents, are some of the most common reasons why people make personal injury claims. A slip and fall accident can happen if a wet or slippery substance is spilt on the floor and is not cleaned up, causing people using the walkway to slip and fall on the floor. Slip and fall accidents can also take place if a floor has been freshly mopped, leaving the surface of the floor wet, and the floor has not been signposted. Trip and fall accidents can happen if an obstruction is left on the floor or the floor is broken (for example), there is a broken wooden floorboard or a cracked paving slab outdoors.
Slip, trip and fall injuries can occur in all sorts of environments, including a car park, an office, a shop, or a restaurant. Severe slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can result in broken or fractured bones. This can include an accident where the injured person falls on their face and suffers a fractured jaw bone injury. If you believe you are owed broken jaw compensation for injuries resulting from a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, call Accident Claims UK today to speak to an advisor. If we can see that you are owed compensation, we can provide you with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to handle your broken jaw claim.
Medical practitioners such as doctors and nurses owe patients they treat a duty of care. This means that they are supposed to follow professional guidelines and best practices, to ensure that they provide patients with an adequate standard of care. If a patient visits a GP surgery or goes to a hospital emergency room with symptoms of a broken jaw, the doctor may want to rule out the possibility that they are suffering from another type of injury with similar symptoms.
However, a hospital doctor working in an Accident & Emergency department should be able to identify the symptoms of a broken jaw and take all the steps to diagnose the injury, such as taking an x-ray or an MRI scan if the break or fracture does not show up on an x-ray. If they fail to take these steps and tell the patient that they are not injured, or are suffering from a different injury, this is misdiagnosis.
If a broken jaw is misdiagnosed, you will experience a delay getting the medical treatment you need for your injuries. Broken or fractured bone injuries that are not dealt with in a specific window of time could cause an infection, a patient developing a condition like osteoarthritis, or a patient suffering from a fat embolism, which can be potentially life-threatening. But you could receive broken jaw compensation. Call Accident Claims UK today to enquire about making a broken jaw claim for medical misdiagnosis.
Another cause of a broken jaw is GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm), or a broken jaw caused by an assault. In some circumstances, you may claim against another party, if they are held liable for your injuries. For example, if you were injured after being assaulted at work because your employer did not take adequate precautions to protect you, you may be entitled to make a workplace accident claim against your employer for your jaw fracture injuries.
As well as making a personal injury claim, you may also be able to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government scheme which allows victims of violent crimes to claim compensation, even if the perpetrator has never been caught or identified.
If you have suffered a broken or fractured jaw because of an accident that was not your fault, you can use our calculator to estimate how much broken jaw compensation you may be able to claim.
Type Of Jaw Bone Injury Severity Comments Settlement
Jaw bone fracture (i) (i) Very serious multiple fractures that require prolonged
treatment and result in permanent consequences that include
restriction in eating, severe pain, paraesthesia, and/or the
risk of arthritis in the joints.
£28,610 to £42,730
Jaw bone fracture (ii) At this level, there are serious bone fractures which could lead to permanent issues, such as when trying to open the mouth. There may be paraesthesia in the area of the jaw. £16,860 to £28,610
Jaw bone fracture (iii) At this level, there are simpler fractures to the jaw bone. These require immobilising and recovery can be complete. £6,060 to £8,200
Damage to teeth (i) Loss of, or serious damage to several of your front teeth. £8,200 to £10,710
Damage to teeth (ii) Loss of or serious damage to two front teeth. £4,080 to £7,160
Damage to teeth (iii) Loss of or serious damage to one of your front teeth. £2,070 to £3,710
This calculator estimates how much compensation you could be owed in general damages. It does not include an estimation of how much you could claim in special damages. This is a rough estimation that does not reflect your personal circumstances. For an accurate estimate of how much compensation you could claim, call Accident Claims UK to speak to an advisor.
If your broken jaw claim is successful, you will be awarded two heads of damages. What are these?
- General Damages: General damages are the primary part of a compensation award. They compensate the injured person for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by their injuries.
- Special Damages: Special damages are awarded to the claimant to reimburse them for expenses and financial losses they have incurred due to their injuries. This can include funds to pay or reimburse them for any private medical treatment they may need, or funds to compensate a friend or family member who cared for the injured person whilst they were recovering. Special damages can also include funds to reimburse the injured person for travel expenses, or income they have lost as a result of their injuries.
If you have legitimate grounds to claim broken jaw compensation, we can offer you the option to make a no win no fee claim. What does this mean? A no win no fee claim, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), minimises the financial risk involved in making a claim, for the client. When making a no win no fee claim, there is no upfront solicitors fee to pay.
Instead, the client will pay a success fee to the solicitor if their claim is successful. This fee will be deducted from their final settlement, making no win no fee more affordable for many. In the unlikely event, the claim is unsuccessful, the claimant will not have to pay their solicitor’s fee, so there is less financial risk involved.
To learn more about making a no win no fee claim for a jaw bone fracture or break, call Accident Claims UK today to speak to an advisor.
If you wish to claim compensation for a broken jaw, contact Accident Claims UK today. If you choose to make your claim with us, we can offer you the following:
- The services of a solicitor, to handle your case, who will have decades of experience working on personal injury claims.
- A promise that we will value your claim accurately and push to win you the amount of compensation that your claim is worth.
- We can handle your claim on a no win no fee basis.
To begin your claim, call us on 0800 073 8801 to speak to a claims advisor. Alternatively, use our claims form to enquire about making a compensation claim for a broken jaw. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
You may find these other Accident Claims UK guides helpful:
A Guide To Head Injury Compensation Claims – How Much Can I Claim?
Our guide looking at how to make a successful claim for a head injury.
How Much Can I Claim For A Fractured Or Broken Bone?
This guide looks at how much you could claim for a broken or fractured bone.
Ankle Injury Compensation Claims Guide – How Much Can I Claim?
This guide looks at how and when you could make a claim for an injury to your ankle.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)
The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority.
An NHS guide to fractures of the lower part of the jaw.
Is a fractured jaw an emergency injury?
Yes. Anyone who suffers from a broken jaw must receive medical attention as soon as possible. That’s due to the jaw fracture potentially causing breathing problems and/or internal bleeding. Therefore, it’s imperative to call for an ambulance or to visit your local A&E while carefully holding your jaw in place.
How do you know if your jaw has been broken?
There are several potential symptoms to look out for which could indicate that you have a broken jaw. Amongst these are pain within the jaw which only intensifies as you move your head or neck. There may also be swelling and bruising within your face, along with a bloody mouth and problems with chewing food.
How serious is a broken jaw?
At its worst, a dislocated jaw could limit the movement that you have within your jaw. It could even prevent you from moving your jaw in any way, which could greatly impact your life. Some symptoms may last beyond the injury, such as facial numbness, and your face could change shape as a result.
What happens if you leave a broken jaw untreated?
If you don’t have your broken treated, you may find it very hard to eat and drink. And that could last for a very long time as the pain worsens and any facial abnormalities become regular. This may also lead you to suffer infections, dental issues and conditions like arthritis.
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