By Jo Anderson. Last Updated 2nd November 2023. If you have been involved in an accident due to a relevant third party breaching their duty of care, and this caused you to suffer a broken bone, such as a broken arm, a compensation claim could be made.
Within this guide, we will discuss the various situations where you are owed a duty of care, and how a breach of this duty could cause you to suffer a broken bone. We will also explain in further detail the specific eligibility criteria you must meet to be able to make a personal injury claim. This guide also provides guidance on the types of evidence that could be used to support your case, and how one of our No Win No Fee solicitors could assist you with gathering it.
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- Broken Bone Compensation Amounts
- Can I Claim For An Accident That Fractured A Bone?
- Time Limits For Fractured Bone Injury Claims
- Evidence To Support Broken Bone Claims
- No Win No Fee Broken Bone Claims
If you make a successful personal injury claim for your broken bone, your compensation settlement could consist of general and special damages.
General damages compensate you for any pain and suffering inflicted by your injuries. Legal professionals valuing this head of claim may use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help them, as this document provides guideline compensation amounts for various injuries.
For the table below, we have stated some of the figures listed in the 16th edition of the JCG. The figures should only be used as guidance and do not accurately represent the compensation you could receive.
|The reason you are claiming compensation||The typical payout amount for this||Some extra comments|
|Severe leg injuries (b) (i)||£96,250 to £135,920||Injuries that are so severe, that although amputation is not involved, the damages are awarded are similar. This includes extensive degloving, fractures that haven't united along with bone grafting and leg shortening injuries.|
|Severe injury to hips and pelvis (i)||£78,400 to £130,930||Extensive fractures, representing the highest payout, include those that result in a hip injury, ruptured bladder, or a low back joint.|
|Severe neck fracture (ii)||£65,740 to £130,930||The payout you will receive depends on how severe your spinal / neck fracture is.|
|Severe fractured foot (d)||£41,970 to £70,030||The highest payout is for severe injuries, including fractures of both heels.|
|Very severe ankle injuries (a)||£50,060 to £69,700||The more severe ankle injuries include the likes of transmalleolar fractures.|
|Hand injuries (f) - severe finger fractures.||Up to £36,740||Partial amputations may be required. This may also result in disturbed sensation, reduced mechanical function, impairment of grip, and/or deformity.|
|Skeletal injuries - multiple fractures to the facial bones||£14,900 to £23,950||The person will experience a degree of facial deformity of a permanent nature.|
|Skeletal injuries (c) Fractured nose (i)||£10,640 to £23,130||Multiple or serious fractures that results in permanent damage and/or requires a number of operations.|
|Other arm injuries (d)||£6,610 to £19,200||A simple fracture of the forearm.|
Special Damages For Broken Bone Claims
Special damages may also be awarded in broken bone claims. This compensates you for the financial losses you have experienced due to your injury.
For example, your earning capacity may be affected by your injuries if you need time off work whilst you recover. A pay slip could be used to prove a loss of earnings. Under special damages, you could also be awarded compensation for:
- Travel expenses.
- Care costs.
- Medical expenses.
For more information regarding broken bone compensation amounts, or a free valuation of your claim, you can contact our advisors.
To be able to make a personal injury claim for fracture compensation, you will need to meet the relevant eligibility criteria. This is:
- You were owed a duty of care by a relevant third party.
- This duty of care was breached.
- You suffered harm due to this breach.
There are many relevant parties who owe you a duty of care. This includes:
- An employer – Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, they have a duty of care to take reasonable and practicable measures to ensure their employee’s health and safety.
- An occupier – A party in control of a public place has a duty of care to take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those using the place for its intended purpose, as outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
- A road user – Those using the roads have a duty of care to use the roads in a manner that avoids causing harm to others and themselves. To uphold this duty, they must adhere to the rules and regulations set out for them in the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Highway Code.
If you can prove that your broken bone was caused by a relevant third party breaching their duty of care, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
If you would like to check your eligibility to make a broken bone injury compensation claim, please contact an advisor.
If you suffered a bone fracture due to a third party’s negligence and would like to claim, you must do so within the limitation period. The Limitation Act 1980 will typically give claimants three years from the date of the accident that caused their fractured arm to start the legal process.
However, certain circumstances suspend the time limit. These include:
- Children under the age of 18 can’t start their own claim. However, a litigation friend could be appointed at any point while the limitation period is suspended to start proceedings on their behalf. If a claim is not started, the time limit ceases to be suspended on their 18th birthday. This gives them three years from that date to begin proceedings.
- Those who lack the mental capacity to begin legal proceedings have the limitation period suspended indefinitely. As with children, a litigation friend can start a claim on their behalf at any time. However, if the injured party regains capacity, then they have three years from that date to start a claim.
Call our advisors if a third party’s negligence resulted in your arm fracture. If your claim seems like it has a reasonable chance of success, they could help you get it started right away.
To be eligible to make a personal injury claim for a broken bone, you will need to prove that negligence occurred. Collecting evidence could help support your claim, as it could prove who was liable for the accident and the injury you suffered.
Some examples of evidence that could be used in broken bone claims include:
- Video footage of the accident, such as CCTV or dashcam footage.
- Photographs of the accident scene.
- The contact details of any witnesses to the accident so that they can provide a statement at a later date.
- Medical records stating the type of injury you suffered and the treatment required.
If you decide to work with a solicitor for your claim, they could help you with gathering evidence to help support your chances of receiving a settlement for your broken bones.
Contact our advisors today to see whether you could be eligible to work with one of our solicitors. They could also provide you with some examples of guideline broken bone compensation amounts.
How To Claim For A Broken Bone
If you are eligible to claim compensation for a broken arm, leg or other bone. these are the steps you could take to begin a personal injury claim:
- Seeking medical advice – If you see a doctor or go to the hospital about your injury, there will be a record of this in your medical notes. This means as well as getting the appropriate advice and treatment, you can gather important evidence to help support your claim.
- Seeking legal advice – We recommend seeking legal advice before starting a broken bone compensation claim. While you aren’t obligated to claim with a solicitor, professional advice can come with a number of benefits.
- Use the list provided above to help you gather evidence, if you are using a solicitor they will gather all the supporting evidence you need.
Our advisors are here to help. If you’d like to find out if you could work with one of our expert solicitors, contact our team today. They can provide you with free advice and may connect you with a solicitor to help you begin your claim.
If you decide to claim broken arm compensation, you could hire a No Win No Fee solicitor to support your claim. Your broken bone claim solicitor could offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.
When you fund a solicitor in this way, you will not generally be asked to cover an upfront solicitors fee. If your broken arm compensation claim is successful, a success fee will be taken from your broken bone in a car accident settlement. This will be subject to a legal cap. However, when a claim is not successful, you’re not required to pay your solicitor.
Our advisors can discuss the average settlement for a broken arm in the UK. They can also discuss the various other factors in broken bone claims, including what goes into a broken bone claim and the average settlement for a broken jaw. If it sounds like your claim might have a good chance of success, you could be connected to our solicitors.
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