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Fractured bones – Broken bones

Accidents which result in fractured or broken bones

The human skeleton is made up of 206 bones. Whilst some are more easily broken (the medical term is fractured) than others, any accident can be responsible for the fracture of any one of them. Bones can also be crushed in crushing accidents.

Amongst the many accident compensation claims that we successfully fight each year, broken bones are a regular injury in road traffic accidents, accidents at work, accidents which take place on private property, and those that occur in public areas such as slips trips and falls as well as sporting injuries such as from horse riding or playing football.

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If you have suffered an accident or injury which has left you with a bone fracture which was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for accident compensation. Please contact Clear Answers on 0800 783 9019, to see if we can help you win compensation for your personal injury. Or complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

Please select one of the links below to read more about fractured or broken bones, and how Clear Answers may be able to help you bring a claim for accident compensation.

How you might fracture or break a bone

There are many types of fracture, ranging from a fairly minor injury, through to a serious fracture which might leave you permanently disabled.

A serious injury might include injuries such as a broken back, a spinal cord injury, or a fractured skull causing permanent acquired brain injury (an injury acquired through accident rather than one you were born with).

Other (and more common) fractures are broken legs, broken arms, broken wrists, broken ribs, broken toes, broken fingers or a broken nose.

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Complications in treating fractures or broken bones

Some fractures can be dealt with without the need for surgery. This involves aligning the two parts of the bone and immobilising them whilst natural healing fuses the two parts together. This should result in no long-term problems for the patient.

Unfortunately, not all fractures are so easily dealt with. Many require complex surgery to access the fracture site by opening up the injured part of the body. The surgery may include the use of pins, plates or wires to ensure the fracture mends correctly. Further surgery is often then required to remove the pins, all of which adds to the distress, pain and discomfort for the patient.

Where the injury involves bones in the back or the spine, long term damage can follow, causing the patient to lose the use of some or all of their limbs, and in very serious injuries, suffer complete paralysis.

In some accidents, bones can be crushed or shredded so badly that the surgeon has no option but to remove them altogether. An amputation is always a last resort.

Any surgery carries a small risk of infection or other problems which can arise either during the surgery or during the patient’s recovery. Even if the surgery is a complete success, future problems may arise in the form of arthritis, the risk of which increases with age. Arthritis is a particular risk when joints are affected such as broken hips, broken ankles, broken wrists, broken elbows, broken knees and broken bones in the hands.

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Complications caused by medical negligence in the treatment of a fractured bone

Incorrect or delayed treatment of a fracture can lead to further complications, as can errors by the surgeon during the procedure itself; or by treatment (or lack of it) by other medical staff. Examples of this might be the development of infections such as MRSA, or the bones not knitting together straight, leaving a permanent weakness.

If your injury has been made worse by your negligent treatment by medical staff, you may be able to bring a claim for medical negligence, even if your original injury did not involve a claim for personal injury compensation.

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Types of bone fractures or broken bones

The type of fracture depends on the nature, direction and force of the impact on the bone or bones. Here are just some:

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Make a claim for compensation involving fractured bones

If you or a member of your family has suffered an accident or injury, through no fault of your own, it is vital that you seek specialist advice as quickly as possible. Clear Answers’ specialist personal injury solicitors can give guidance and assistance on whether it is possible to make an accident compensation claim.

Our team of expert accident compensation lawyers is waiting to help you, and will be happy to explain the claims process in plain English, and to answer any questions you may have regarding your accident claim.

If you would like Clear Answers to help you receive the accident compensation to which you are entitled, please telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete our online compensation claim form and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible to discuss the circumstances of your accident and injury.

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