Fracture Types & Broken Bone Compensation

What Are The Most Common Types Of Fractured Bone To Make A Claim For?

Has it ever occurred to you which of the human bones is most likely to break? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that it’s actually the clavicle, also known as the collarbone.

The clavicle is an essential bone that is found across the front of your body, between both the shoulders. It is long, slender as well as slightly protruding. Due to its position and structure, it is the most common to break. As it is a natural human reflex to stick your arms out to break your fall, this has also become a common way to break your collarbone. Therefore, most people make a personal injury claim for a fractured or broken collarbone.

Contact sports are accountable for major clavicle fractures, but they can also happen as easily as slipping on the pavement. Thankfully, broken clavicles heal very quickly and can be back to regular function within 6-8 weeks. However, if the break is severe, surgery may be needed, as the bone can sometimes break through the skin, depending on the severity of impact.

Bones located in the arm also commonly break, particularly the humerus. This large bone is located between the shoulder and the elbow can break due to direct collision or a fall. It is the most common bone for children to break. Alternatively the ulna, located in the lower part of the arm, also has the propensity to break often.

There are several different ways to break a bone in an accident. These include; compound fractures, where the same area is repeatedly broken, a displaced fracture where the bone is displaced and seem deformed, and then there is the closed fracture where the bone has not protruded from the skin and appears look normal. Closed fractures are considered less serious and usually heal easily.

Another common break is in the wrist. Which is referred to as a distal radius fracture or Colles fracture. This fracture is predominantly sustained by young people, during activities such as skating or skiing. Breaking the scaphoid bone, located within the wrist, it can go undetected by the patient. However, this injury requires surgery to repair as it will not heal by itself, so a diagnosis is imperative.

The hip is a common bone to break in those over the age of 65. Despite being the one of the strongest bone in the body, the femur bone which is involved in hp fractures can be weakened overtime by osteoporosis, causing a calcium deficiency which ultimately weakens its structure.

The ankle bones are also commonly broken. The tibia, fibula and talus make up this area. Detecting a breakage in this area is difficult, as tendon damage can also be incredibly painful and restrict the sufferer’s mobility. You can sustain stress fractures in your ankle as a result of repeated pressure and this is a common injury type.

The 26 bones in the foot are the 6th most common to break. Due to them being very small, it is no surprise they can break upon impact. However, the toe, when injured is extremely painful but toe fractures usually heal on their own and require no special treatment apart from rest.

Breaks in one of the 27 bones in the hand can lead to serious complex injuries as damage to the tendons, nerves and blood vessels can occur. In contrast, leg bones are considered the strongest bones in the body and usually break upon bigger impacts such as a fall from height or a car accident. A break in the lower area of the leg is one of the most excruciating breaks to experience.

Here Are Some Of The Most Common Fractured Or Broken Bones As A Result Of An Accident

Clavicle

Fractured or broken clavicle – Also called a broken collarbone, this depicts a fracture of the clavicle bone. Symptoms can range from pain at the fractured area or a reduced range of motion in the affected arm.

Arm

Fractured or broken arm – This depicts a fracture or crack in one of the bones in the arm. This type of fracture is common in both children and adults. Fracture of the arm accounts for more than half of the fracture cases in adults. In children, the most common type of arm fracture includes a broken forearm or a broken collarbone.

Leg

Fractured or broken leg – This depicts a fracture or crack in one of the bones in the leg. Common causes of this kind of fracture include falls, sports-related injuries and vehicular accidents. Treatment for a broken leg will vary based on the severity of the fracture.

Foot

Fractured or broken foot – This depicts a fracture or crack in one of the bones in the foot. Common causes of this injury include a misstep, fall or a car accident. The severity of this injury will vary based on cause, and fractures can range from small cracks on the bone to a visible break that pierces the skin.

Rib

Fractured or broken rib – This depicts a fracture or crack in one of the bones in the rib cage. Similarly, a fracture that causes a break in the cartilage tissue that holds the ribs to the breastbone may also be classed as a fractured rib, regardless of whether the actual bone is broken.

Hand

Fractured or broken hand – This depicts a fracture or crack in one of the bones in the hand. This can range from the small bones in the finger (Phalanges) to long bones found in the palm (metacarpals). Common causes of a fractured hand include a twisting or crushing injury, trips and falls or contact sports.

Spine

Fractured or broken spine – Also known as a broken back or vertebral fracture, a spinal fracture affects the vertebrae of the spinal column. Most spinal related fractures tend to cause serious spinal cord injury.

Wrist

Fractured or broken wrist – Any fracture around or within the radius bone near the wrist is known as a wrist fracture. Medically, it is referred to as a ‘distal radius fracture.’ In some cases, a fracture or small chip may occur in the ulna. This Fracture is often caused by high impact forces that supersedes what the bone can cushion.

Knee

Fractured or broken knee – This depicts a fracture or crack in one of the bones in the knee joint. This can range from a small crack or a bend in the bone. In severe cases, the knee bone may be completely shattered. Some knee fractures can also pierce the skin.

Skull

Fractured or broken skull – This depicts a fracture a bone surrounding the brain. Skull fractures do not always cause brain damage. Common symptoms may include persistent pain and similar brain damage symptoms. In some rare cases, it may lead to a loss of fluid through the ears, eyes or nose.

Ankle

Fractured or broken ankle – Ankle fractures can range from minor cases such as avulsion injuries (small chips of bone that have fallen off) to severe shattering-type break of the fibula, tibia or in extreme cases, both.

Forearm

Fractured or broken forearm – This depicts a fracture or crack in one of the bones in the forearm. The ulna and radius are the two main bones in the forearm. They both help to coordinate motion between the wrist and elbow joints. Also, they serve as connecting muscles for the upper arm.

Elbow

Fractured or broken elbow – This fracture involves a break in one of the three main bones found in the elbow joint. Elbow fractures are commonly caused by Osteoporosis (brittle bones).

Hip

Fractured or broken hip – This fracture involves a break in the upper part of the thigh bone (femur). The severity of the fracture will vary depending on the cause. A soft tissue surgery is usually required to fix a hip fracture.

Toe

Fractured or broken toe – This kind of fracture is chiefly caused by a traumatic injury to the toe. In some cases, repetitive movements may cause a type of toe fracture known as a hairline fracture. Symptoms include swelling, pain, difficulty walking and deformity.

Finger

Fractured or broken finger – This depicts a fracture or crack in one of the bones in the finger. This fracture is typically caused by a serious hand injury and may affect any of the phalanges in the palms. Similarly, your knuckles can also sustain a fracture.

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What Can I Claim For If I Have A Fractured Or Broken Bone Due To An Accident?

As stated earlier, there are several factors influenced mainly by the nature of the accident and the severity of its effect on the victim that will decide the type of claim you are entitled to. Some of these factors include:

General Damages

A claim for general damages focuses primarily on the kind or severity of pain suffered by the victim as a result of the accident. For instance, compensation for an amputated limb will be more than that for a broken toe.

Special Damages

Any expenses incurred by the victim as a direct result of the accident is referred to as special damages. To be able to successfully file for a special damage claim, you must be able to prove that the expenses are as a result of the accident. There are several types of special damages, including:

  • Medical Expenses

    These include any cost incurred as a result of prescription medicines or medical treatments.

  • Travel Costs

    These include any cost incurred as a result of any travel necessitated as a result of the accident. This can consist of trips or travel to see a specialist doctor or to a clinic or medical facility. The cost of petrol or the use of public or alternate transport is covered under travel costs.

  • Care Costs

    If you were left vulnerable or incapacitated as a result of the accident and had to hire any form of help to complete routine tasks, then you can seek compensation for any accrued expenses under care cost.

  • Loss of Earnings

    Lastly, if as a result of the accident, you had to take time off work, and you weren’t receiving full sick pay from your employer during that period, then you can file for a loss of earning compensation to recoup lost earnings. Also, you can file for compensation for a future loss of earning, if the injury is serious enough to prevent you from returning to your original job.

When you reach out to us, we will make sure that your case is directed to a professional personal injury solicitor to ensure that every aspect of your broken bone and fracture claim is reviewed. Be aware that once a claim is agreed upon, you cannot review the compensation process even when you have a legitimate reason to do so. Therefore, it is vital that your solicitor factors in both present and potential future compensation in your claim.

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