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Broken Bones

Broken Bones & Compensation Claims

A cracked, broken, or crushed bone is known as a fracture regardless of the severity. Common types of fractures include broken arms, broken legs, broken wrists, broken ribs, broken fingers and broken toes. If an accident is more serious it could result in a head injury or spinal injury. If the accident wasn't your fault and you suffered a personal injury you could make a compensation claim.

Types of Fractures

There are many types of fractures: simple, stress, comminuted, impacted, compound, complete and incomplete.

  • Simple: Bone breaks into two pieces.
  • Stress: Hairline break that is often invisible on the x-ray for the first six weeks after the onset of pain.
  • Penile fracture.
  • Comminuted: Bone fragments into several pieces
  • Impacted: One fragment of bone is embedded into another fragment of bone.
  • Compound: Bone protrudes through the skin. Also called an open fracture.
  • Complete: Bone snaps completely into two or more pieces.
  • Incomplete: Bone cracks but doesn't separate.

What causes a fracture?

Fractures occur when a physical force is exerted on a bone that can't withstand it. Just about any type of accident can cause a broken bone. If you have been in an accident such as a road traffic accident, accident at work, trip slip or fall or suffered a sports injury that wasn't your fault and have broken a bone or bones you could be entitled to a personal injury compensation claim.

Symptoms of a fracture

The most common symptoms of a fracture are:

  • Swelling around the injured area
  • Inability to put weight on or use the injured limb
  • Bruising around the injured area
  • Deformity of a limb
  • Pain in the injured area

Treatment of Fractures

Depending on the severity of the fracture treatment varies. In order to heal, the fractured bone must be realigned. This involves:

  • Immobilization using a cast or splint
  • Setting of bone through surgery called an open reduction. During the surgical procedure, the doctor may insert a rod, pin, plate, or screw into the injury to stabilise the bone and allow the bone to heal naturally.
  • In some cases, if the bone is very badly broken, the surgery involves tidying up the ends of the bones so that the fractured ends can be joined. This type of surgery can have complications with a high risk of infection and in severe cases can result in amputation of some or all of the affected limb.

After the bone is realigned, medication is used to decrease pain and rehabilitation to prevent stiffness. Rehabilitation involves light movement of the tissues surrounding the injury and helps increase blood flow which aids the healing process. If a fracture involves a joint, for example in the wrists, knees, ankle, hips or fingers there is a risk of developing arthritis later on in life leading to disability, inability to work and loss of earnings. In addition to this damages could include pain and suffering, medical expenses and aids, and physiotherapy.

Make a broken bone compensation claim

If you have suffered a personal injury with broken bones as a result of an accident that wasn't your fault then you may be able to make a compensation claim. We connect you with an expert panel of personal injury solicitors who can assess your circumstances and guide you through the claims process. For free, no obligation advice complete our online claims form and we'll call you straight back or call us now on 01582 437070.

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