Fracture Claims: Solicitor describes the most common types of fracture you can suffer in an accident with examples of how much compensation you can claim for each
Fracture claims: Discover the difference between a fractured and broken bone, the different types of fracture you can suffer with examples of the amounts of compensation payouts you can receive for UK fracture claims.
What is the difference between a fracture, a broken bone and a dislocation?
The correct medical name for a crack in a bone is a fracture – this is whether the bone is cracked or broken right through.
In the UK – we tend to use the phrase “broken bone” to describe a fracture which is complete – in other words a fracture or crack which goes right through your bone.
A dislocation is completely different type of injury than a fracture caused when a joint slips – sometimes a trauma involving a joint can cause both fractures and dislocations.
Click dislocated joint claim to see our detailed article explaining the different types of dislocation you can experience in an accident with examples of average compensation calculations.
What are the most common types of fractured bone?
There are many different types of fracture – some of the most common ones include:
1. A hairline fracture
A hairline fracture is as the name suggests is a crack in a bone which does not go all the way through your bone and shows up on the bone like it is a hairline. Although a hairline fracture can lead to pain – many people suffer a hairline fracture without realising.
Be careful – a hairline fracture can break right through your bone if additional stress is put on the already weakened bone.
2. A simple fracture
A simple fracture is a single crack right through your bone which does not pierce your skin or damage other tissue close to the break. Normally such a fracture is not displaced – in other words the bone is the same shape as normal and does not require the bone to be manipulated to align it.
Your fracture could be transverse (a crack which is straight across your bone), oblique (a crack which is slanted across your bone)or longitudinal (a crack which is along the length of your bone).
Such simple fractures or simple broken bones can be put into a cast to allow your bone to heal correctly.
3. A displaced fracture
A displaced fracture is a broken bone where the bone is not aligned as it should be at the point of the fracture. Such a fracture will have to be manipulated by a medical expert to bring it back in line before a cast can be applied.
3. A compound fracture
A compound fracture describes the situation when your bone is cracked or broken in several places not just one place as in a simple fracture.
4. A spiral fracture
A spiral fracture is a very nasty fracture to the bone and describes a fracture due to a twisting force – such fractures can lead to complications.
5. A comminuted fracture
A comminuted fracture describes another type of nasty fracture – common in serious accidents such as motor bike RTA fracture claims – here the bone is broken and shattered into several pieces.
6. A stress fracture
A stress fracture describes the type of fracture of the bone which is brought on over time due to repeated stresses, strains and forces being applied to the bone such that it eventually gives way and cracks.
Stress fractures can occur in workplace manual handling injury claims and is a common sporting injury brought on from over training.
7. Fractures unique to children – Greenstick fracture and Buckle fracture
A greenstick fracture is a type of fracture unique to children. In this fracture a bone cracks on one side, but the bone does not break all the way through. This is due to the fact that as a child is still growing – bones are more flexible, so the bone can bend and sometimes deform to prevent a full broken bone developing.
A buckle fracture (sometimes known as a torus fracture) describes another fracture unique to children – here the bone does not actually fracture, but deforms to prevent a fracture occurring. Again – this can only occur in children’s bones as they are still growing and more flexible – an adult bone would fracture in such circumstances.
8. Other types of fractured bones
There are many other different types of fracture you can suffer from which include: a compression fracture (normally affecting the spine), an avulsion fracture (when a muscle is working so hard that it pulls on your bone causing it to break), impacted fracture (when a fractured bone forces into another bone causing it to break – this can occur in serious road traffic accident claims).
What are fracture claims for compensation?
If your fracture is caused in an accident due to the legal fault or negligence of another you will be entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering and financial losses. For the purpose of this page this is what is meant by fracture claims for personal injury compensation.
What are the amounts of compensation fracture claims are worth?
The amount of fracture claims compensation you can expect to receive will depend on the type of fracture you have suffered, whether you will recover fully or partially from your fracture injury, whether such injury leads to deformity and which bone you have fractured.
For example, a hairline fracture of your finger will be worth far less compensation than a spiral fracture of your leg.
I have written a separate page for each part of the body you can injure, which includes your: ankle, arms, back, elbow, hand, finger, knee, legs, shoulder, wrist and many more body parts.
Click broken bone compensation payout amounts to see a list of all the parts of your body you can fracture with a link to how much compensation you average claim payout will be calculated at for injuries including fracture claims to each body part