Many people suffer from broken bones or fractures every day and, while these injuries can be very painful, they usually recover without any long-term problems. However, some bone breaks can be more severe and can have an effect on your life.
Whilst most bone breaks and compound fractures are completely by accident, there are those that suffer as a result of negligence from other people, which can leave you feeling betrayed and misguided as the injury may have otherwise been completely avoided.
If you have suffered a fracture or broken bone injury as a result of someone else’ negligence, you may be entitled to make a broken bone claim. Contact Wildwood Legal today to get in touch with one of our specialist solicitors who can determine your eligibility to make a claim and explain the claim process clearly.
Common causes of broken bone injuries
There are many different causes of broken bone injuries we see that lead to broken bone compensation claims. Some of the most common broken bone claims that we deal with include:
· Accidents at work – Accidents in the workplace can happen due to negligence from co-workers or employers. Employers are responsible for your safety in the workplace by putting regulations and health and safety procedures into place; therefore, if they failed to do this, they may be liable for your broken bone injury.
· Road traffic accidents – Accidents on the road can be traumatising and can happen as a result of someone else’s poor or reckless driving. If you have suffered from a broken bone injury after a road traffic or car accident that was not your fault, you could be eligible to make a claim against them.
· Medical negligence – Broken bone negligence can also occur after the initial break. Medical negligence can occur when a medical professional fails to assess your bone break correctly, fails to offer you the relevant treatment or does not realign the bone correctly.
· Slips, trips and falls – Slips, trips and falls can cause serious broken bone injuries. These falls can happen as a result of negligence in businesses such as shops, supermarkets and other public places. Business owners have an obligation to ensure that there are no slip hazards or potential causes of injury.
If you have suffered a broken bone injury or multiple fractures from one of the causes listed above as well as a variety of others, you may be entitled to make a broken bone claim. Personal injury solicitors from law firms are legal experts and deal with a wide range of injuries, including bone breaks; therefore, it is in your best interest to speak with one if you wish to make a claim.
What can be recovered in broken bone claims?
There are a variety of losses that can be recovered when claiming compensation following an accident that was not your fault. Below are just a few examples:
Loss of income – If you were required to take time off work due to your injuries, you should be able to recover your loss of earnings for the full period of time you were unable to work.
Pain and suffering – The law considers the fact that there is a certain amount of trauma and pain that can be associated with accidents. Therefore, it has made a provision for injured persons to obtain compensation for the same.
Loss of amenity – You may be able to claim an amount of compensation for your loss of amenity. This refers to instances when your injuries have prevented you from participating in activities that you had previously taken part in and enjoyed.
A loss of enjoyment can directly affect your life and can lead to long term effects such as mental health issues like frustration and depression. There is a provision in the law that covers any loss of amenity resulting from an accident.
Other financial losses – Other financial losses which were directly caused by the accident, such as medical care and treatment costs and travel costs, can also be recovered as part of a personal injury claim.
There is no maximum amount that you can be awarded for a broken bone claim. The amount of financial compensation you receive will be based on the severity of the ongoing disability and losses due to negligence. A negligence claim is considered on a case-by-case basis as each claim has a unique set of circumstances.
How is broken bone claim compensation calculated?
Compensation for all personal injury claims is split into general damages and special damages.
General Damages – This refers to the amount of compensation you receive for your pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
To calculate this amount, we look at previous cases which are similar to yours, together with guidelines that are issued to Judges who decide the outcome of such claims if they go to Court. Your case will be valued on the basis of your injuries as described by suitably qualified medical professionals.
Special Damages – These are any direct financial losses that you may have suffered as a result of your injuries. Typically, these may include loss of earnings up to the settlement, loss of earnings in the future, medical costs, travel costs or the costs of care provided to you.
It is difficult to estimate the amount of compensation you will receive for your injuries without knowing the full extent of your injuries. There are, however, compensation calculators online that can be used to estimate how much you may be able to receive from your claim.
Time limits for making broken bone claims
The general rule on time limits for making a serious injury claim is that you have three years from the date of the injury to have either settled your claim or started court proceedings once the accident has happened.
The three-year deadline begins on the date that the accident occurred or from the date on which you realised that your injuries were associated with your accident due to negligence.
If you suffered a serious injury as a child, the time starts from their 18th birthday, and you will have until your 21st birthday to complete your claim for compensation.
How much do broken bone claims cost?
We will always be 100% transparent about what our charges are, and if we take on your case, we will almost always do so on Conditional Fee Agreements (also known as a no win, no fee basis).
This means that if you do not win your case, you do not pay us any fees at all. If we win the case, we take a small percentage of your compensation, which we will agree with you beforehand, to cover our costs.
We will never ask you to sign anything until you are completely happy with what it is that we are proposing.
Get in touch with one of our specialist solicitors to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee claim.
How can Wildwood Legal help with broken bone claims?
At Wildwood Legal, we know that suffering a broken bone as a result of negligence can be devastating. If you have suffered from this, you need to seek legal advice – That’s where we come in.
We see all too often the significant effect that a serious injury can have on people’s lives. We can help on the financial side to get you on the road to recovery and help you to maximise the amount of compensation you receive. Our core strength is in personal injury claims.
We are experienced in helping you with any negligence claims that you may want to make. We aim to give you not only quality aid but flexibility and clarity as we know that these qualities are just as important.
Our law firm is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; therefore, we provide everything that is needed to meet their high standards meaning that we are a trusted law firm. We offer services to individuals located in England and Wales.
Our ultimate aim is to obtain a great outcome for your case and for you to feel able to recommend us to others at the end of your claim.
We value the opinion of our clients, and we will always listen to you and take on board what you say. To make an enquiry, get in contact with us either email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 01423 209 046 for an initial consultation. We have registered offices in Harrogate and London.
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