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Fracture Claims: Compensation Payouts For The Most Common Types Of Broken Bone

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 are fracture claims for compensation?

If your fracture is caused in an accident due to the legal fault or negligence of another person or business you will be entitled to claim compensation for your pain and suffering from your fracture injury and financial loss and expense as a direct result of your injury. Such a claims is known as a fracture claim for personal injury compensation.

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.

See our dislocated joint article for an explanation of the different types of dislocation you can experience in an accident with examples of average compensation claim payouts.

What are the most common types of fractured bone?

There are many different types of fracture that you can claim compensation for – some of the most common ones include:

Buckle / Torus fracture

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 (see child accident claim) as they are still growing and more flexible – an adult bone would fracture in such circumstances.

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.

comminuted fracture claim
Comminuted Fracture Claim

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.

Compression fracture

A compression fracture affects the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. A high force accident (such as in a road traffic accident or a ladder fall work accident) can cause the spinal bones to collapse. This collapse is often more prevalent at the front of the vertebrae – causing the person to stoop forward.

Displaced fracture claims

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.

Greenstick fracture

A greenstick fracture is a type of fracture unique to children.

In a greenstick fracture the 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.

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.

Impacted fracture claim

An impacted fracture is can be caused by high speed accidents (such as a motorcycle accident claim) when two pieces of fractured bone are forced into each other. This can lead to a shortening of the bone and is considered one of the more serious types of fractures.

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.

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.

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.

Trimalleolar fracture

A trimalleolar fracture is a fracture to the lower part of the bones that make up your ankle – the tibia (medial malleolus and posterior malleolus) and the fibula (lateral malleolus). A trimalleolar fracture is often associated with dislocation and ligament damage and is considered one of the most severe types of ankle fracture.

Other types of fractured bone claims

There are many other different types of fracture you can suffer from, such as an avulsion fracture (when a muscle is working so hard that it pulls on your bone causing it to break).

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.

We have written a separate article 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.

See our compensation payout calculator index article for an alphabetical list of all the parts of your body you can fracture with a link to our detailed article setting out the up-to-date amounts you can claim.

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