Breaking a bone is not only really painful it also has other effects such as preventing you from working, earning money or managing your daily life effectively. If your broken bone was caused by an accident because of someone else’s fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
The type of fracture you suffer from can make a big difference to your life. It may mean that you spend weeks, if not months, in a cast to repair any fracture. You might require rehabilitation to help get back to your previous good health. The broken bone may be so bad that you suffer health issues even when the fracture has healed.
Common Causes of Broken Bones
We tend to take our bones for granted but there’s no doubt that a break or fracture can be a really painful experience. Mending a broken bone takes time and usually involves immobilising the area where the fracture has occurred.
We see broken bones caused by a variety of different situations. One of the most common is following a car crash. The sudden impact can put a lot of pressure on bones even with protective systems like airbags. Impact injuries are another common cause. We see broken bones from sporting injuries, simply slipping on wet or uneven ground or even following an assault.
We can’t always protect against injuries. You may find yourself walking into work, you don’t notice a wet floor and it causes you to slip and fall. You might be operating machinery at work and something goes wrong. Unfortunately, it can be surprisingly easy to break a bone in a wide variety of circumstances.
Types of Broken Bone
There are degrees of bone injury and medically they are usually divided into three different categories: hairline, simple and compound. The most serious is a compound fracture which means that not only is the bone fully fractured, but it has also broken the skin.
The first two, hairline and simple fractures, tend to heal pretty quickly although they can cause a significant amount of pain. Compound fractures, however, need to be reset, the wound often requires stitches and it can take much longer to recover from.
How to Make a Personal Injury Claim for a Broken Bone
If your broken bone has been caused by the negligence or omission of a third party, then you can make a claim for compensation, whatever type of injury you have suffered.
Going to a solicitor can be quite a daunting prospect, of course. The first thing to be aware of is that most personal injury solicitors offer a no win no fee service. What this means is that they will take on your case for no upfront cost and will only charge you once the claim has been successfully concluded in your favour (usually a percentage of the claim pay out). You can discuss your case in confidence with our specialist team of Personal Injury Solicitors.
Recovering from a broken bone takes time and can have a significant consequence on everyday life of the individual. Being awarded compensation should help to cover for any income lost because you aren’t able to do your job, provide services like physiotherapy to aid recovery and assistance with any psychological impact from your injury.