How To Claim Compensation For A Hairline Fracture

Seeking compensation via a hairline fracture claim is a possibility if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own.

Hairline fractures are small cracks in the bone. And although small, they can be painful. What’s more, hairline fracture symptoms often worsen over time.

How to claim compensation for a hairline fracture guide

How to claim compensation for a hairline fracture guide

You may be eligible for compensation if you have suffered a hairline fracture injury that was not your fault.

For example, you could claim compensation if poor health and safety standards at work led to an accident in which you suffered a fracture injury. Likewise, if you had an accident in a public place, you may be eligible to claim.

How To Calculate Hairline Fracture Compensation Amounts

To begin your claim for a hairline crack in the ankle or elsewhere, call Accident Claims today. We can provide you with a free legal consultation. And we can answer any questions you may have about claiming compensation for an injury. Moreover, if we can see that you are owed compensation, we can connect you to a skilled personal injury lawyer to handle your claim.

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A Guide On How To Claim Compensation For A Hairline Fracture

We have put this guide together to help people who have suffered a hairline fracture claim compensation for their injuries. In this guide, we will look at the causes of hairline fractures. And we will explain how hairline fracture symptoms can affect a person’s quality of life.

Furthermore, we will explain how the process of claiming hairline fracture compensation works. And we will provide you with potential compensation figures to help you estimate what hairline fracture compensation amount you may be eligible to claim.

Trust Accident Claims to handle your compensation claim. Our solicitors have significant experience working on personal injury claims for broken or fractured bones. And what’s more, we can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. Please contact us today, and we will start work on your stress fracture compensation claim as soon as possible.

What Are Stress Or Hairline Fractures?

A hairline fracture is a small crack within a bone. Or a severe bruise to a bone. Overusing a part of the body or repetitive movements can also cause a hairline fracture. These injuries are also referred to as stress fractures. We will use both the term hairline fracture and the term stress fracture interchangeably in this guide.

Athletes that play sports that involve jumping and running can develop hairline fractures. If the athlete does not allow themselves adequate rest and recovery time between training sessions, this can increase the chances of a stress fracture.

People with osteoporosis are also more likely to experience hairline fractures because osteoporosis causes weakened bones, which increases the likelihood of a stress fracture.

Accidents in a public place can also cause stress fractures, such as a slip or trip leading to a fall. On the other hand, people who work in physically active jobs may suffer a hairline fracture if they put excessive pressure on their bodies. We will look at the causes of hairline fractures in more detail later in this guide.

Remember if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Hairline Fracture Symptoms

When someone suffers a hairline fracture, they may not notice the symptoms straight away. However, hairline fracture symptoms often get progressively worse. The main symptom of a hairline fracture is pain, which may worsen over time. The injured person may find the pain worsens when they are active and lessens when they are inactive.

Here are some other examples of hairline fracture symptoms:

  • The fractured part of the body appears swollen
  • There is also bruising around the affected area
  • And the affected area is tender and painful when touched

If you believe you have a hairline fracture, please go to your nearest hospital Accident and Emergency unit for a diagnosis and treatment.

Causes Of Bone Fractures

An accident in a public place may cause a hairline fracture. For example, if you slip on some ice in a car park, you may fall and suffer a fracture injury. Similarly, a car accident can cause a hairline fracture injury.

To succeed in a claim, it’s necessary to show that the defendant:

  1. Owed you a duty of care. A duty of care means that another party is responsible for your health, safety and wellbeing. For example, if you are on the premises of a business, the management owes you a duty of care.
  2. That they breached that duty, such as failing to grit icy surfaces
  3. And as a result of that breach, you suffered an injury.

Your solicitor will need to provide evidence that the other party breached its duty of care towards you. Moreover, your lawyer will need to prove that the accident caused the injuries.

You can claim compensation for a hairline fracture caused by these accidents:

How Do Doctors Diagnose And Treat Fractures?

If you believe that you are suffering from a hairline fracture, it’s recommended that you go to the A&E department of your local hospital. There, some diagnostic tests will be performed to determine whether or not you have a hairline fracture.

How Will A Doctor Diagnose Your Injuries?

A doctor may carry out the following procedures to diagnose your injuries:

  • A doctor or nurse will conduct a physical examination. The physical examination will involve them applying pressure to the affected area to see if it causes pain.
  • After that, those treating you may use an MRI machine to determine whether or not you have a hairline fracture. An MRI machine will pick up hairline fractures immediately after an accident. What’s more, an MRI machine is also more effective at diagnosing a hairline fracture than an X-ray.
  • Doctors also use X-rays to diagnose a stress fracture. However, x-rays can’t pick up hairline fractures immediately after an accident. Moreover, an x-ray is less effective than an MRI scan for spotting hairline fractures.

How Is A Hairline Fracture Treated?

If you have a hairline crack in your ankle or lower body, your doctor may give you crutches to keep weight off the injury. The doctor may also require you to wear a cast or a protective boot.

It normally takes patients 6-8 weeks to recover from a hairline fracture. Your doctor may also recommend you modify your daily and sporting activities whilst recovering from the injury.

Complications from fractures are rare. However, they can happen, especially if a doctor misses a fracture during the diagnostic process. And therefore, the fracture goes untreated. For example, arthritis can happen if a large or tiny crack in a bone extends to a joint. If you experience pain over the long term after a fracture, please contact your doctor.

Risk Factors

Certain groups of people are more vulnerable to suffering a hairline fracture injury. Athletes who play a sport that involves lots of running and jumping may be more likely to suffer a hairline fracture. These athletes are more vulnerable to injury because a hairline fracture can be caused by the overuse of a body part or continuous repetitive movements.

An athlete’s training schedule may put more pressure on their lower body. Therefore athletes may be more vulnerable to getting a hairline crack in the ankle, foot or hip. Athletes can help to prevent hairline fracture injuries by wearing the appropriate footwear and taking adequate rest breaks between training sessions.

Likewise, people who work in physically active roles may also be vulnerable to suffering hairline fractures. Employers have a duty of care towards their workers. Therefore employers should take risk factors that could cause hairline fractures into consideration.

Workplaces can implement precautions to prevent a hairline fracture injury at work. The precautions include allowing workers to take adequate breaks and rotating tasks when they are more physically demanding.

Have you suffered a hairline fracture or stress fracture because of poor conditions at work? If there is evidence that your employer did not take adequate steps to protect you from a hairline fracture, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

Speak to Accident Claims today, and our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you claim compensation.


It could be considered medical negligence when a doctor misdiagnoses a fracture. A doctor may misdiagnose a fracture if the area is very swollen, so it isn’t easy to examine. Or the doctor may mistake the symptoms of a fracture for a bad sprain.

Similarly, it could also constitute medical negligence if a doctor misses a fracture. A missed fracture means that the doctor has failed to spot the fracture. Hairline fractures can be missed because they don’t always show up on an x-ray. Therefore if a patient has the symptoms of a stress fracture, the doctor should use an MRI scan if the x-ray is not clear.

If a doctor misses a fracture, it will go untreated, meaning the patient may suffer unnecessary pain. What’s more, the patient may experience unnecessary complications from the fracture, which could have been avoided had it been treated immediately.

If your injuries have worsened because of missed fracture medical negligence, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Contact Accident Claims to enquire about claiming hairline fracture compensation.

Calculating Claims For Hairline Fractures

How much compensation you can claim for a hairline fracture injury depends on the severity of your injuries. You can use the table below to estimate what hairline fracture compensation amounts you could claim.

Please note, the table includes general damages compensation you could claim, but it does not include special damages compensation.

Category Of InjurySeverityPossible CompensationInjury Assessment
Chest Injury(G)Up to £3,710Rib fractures which causes serious pain or disability over a period of weeks.
Neck InjurySevere (ii)£61,710 to £122,860A serious disc fracture which does cause a disability which is severe. There may be permanent symptoms.
Neck InjuryModerate (i)£23,460 to £36,120Where the immediate symptoms of the fracture are severe and the function of the neck may be impaired.
Shoulder InjurySerious (b)£11,980 to £18,020A fracture of the humerus bone which restricts the movement and usage of the shoulder.
Clavicle FractureSingle£4,830 to £11,490The amont of compensation which may be awarded will depend upon how serious the injury is and how it has affected the claimant.
Other Arm Injury(b)£36,770 to £56,180Where the person suffers a serious fracture of both forearms. The person may have a permanent and significant disability. This disability could be cosmetic or functional.
Wrist Injury(d)Rarely exceed £9,620Where the person has suffered a fracture which they have recovered from. Whilst this recovery took longer, it has been complete.
Finger Injury(f)Up to £34,480Severe finger fractures. The fracture may be serious enough to require a partial amputation.
Leg InjurySevere (i)£90,320 to £127,530Where there has been a fracture which has not united and where the person requires extensive bone grafts.
Knee InjurySevere (ii)£48,920 to £65,440A fracture of the leg which has extended into the knee joint. There is permanent pain and the person's movement and agility are restricted.

The fracture compensation amounts included in this table are based on guidelines released by the Judicial College. Your solicitors will use these guidelines and your medical report to value your claim.

Of course, the amount of compensation awarded can vary from person to person, so please feel free to call our claims helpline to speak to an advisor about what stress fracture compensation amounts you could be owed.

What Special Damages Can You Claim For A Stress Fracture?

If your hairline fracture claim is successful, you will be paid general damages. This is compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injuries. In addition, you may also be able to claim special damages. Special damages are an additional form of compensation that covers costs incurred because of your injuries.

You may be able to claim back the following costs in a successful claim (provided you supply evidence):

  • Medical expenses, such as the cost of physiotherapy
  • Travel expenses
  • Care expenses
  • Mobility equipment expenses
  • Home adaptation expenses
  • Loss of income expenses

Can I Claim For A Hairline Fracture With A No Win No Fee Agreement?

If you wish to claim compensation for a hairline fracture, you may be able to work with a solicitor under a No Win No Fee agreement.

There are many benefits to making a claim like this. Firstly, you will not have to pay a fee upfront. Instead, you will sign a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Under this, you and your solicitor will agree that you will pay a success fee instead on the condition that they achieve a successful outcome.

If the claim fails, you don’t have to pay your solicitor any fees.

This means you are not taking a gamble with your finances because we will only charge you a success fee if you win your claim.

Making a No Win No Fee claim may be more affordable for you too because you pay your fee from your compensation payout, rather than upfront. Please have a look at our No Win No Fee claims guide to learn more.

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To begin your hairline fracture compensation claim, please contact us. We will assess your case and if we can see that you are owed compensation, our team of skilled lawyers can handle your case.

Broken Bone Claim Guides

We hope that this guide to claiming compensation for a hairline fracture has proven to be helpful. You can read these guides about claiming compensation for broken bones, to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Hairline Fracture Claims

We will now look at some commonly asked questions about claiming compensation for a hairline fracture.

Can fractures heal by themselves?

It is recommended that you always seek medical treatment for a fracture. A bone needs to be immobilised at a minimum to heal from a fracture. But the fracture may require further treatment in order to heal correctly.

What happens if a fracture is left untreated?

A fracture can get worse over time if it is left untreated. What’s more, the patient can develop complications from the fracture, for example, arthritis.

What’s the difference between a stress fracture and other fractures?

A stress fracture is another name for a hairline fracture. A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone, which can be caused by repetitive use or overuse of a body part. Other types of fractures tend to be larger.

Thank you for reading our guide to making a hairline fracture claim.

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Edited by REB