By Mark Clause. Last Updated 4th August 2022. A fractured fibula suffered in an accident through no fault of your own could allow you to claim compensation. This guide details an example £12,500 case study via a fractured fibula compensation payout. Before reading ahead, remember that our expert team can discuss your fibula fracture with you at any time. You can receive free legal advice of no obligation. Get in touch by ringing 0800 408 7825, filling out our contact form or by using our Live Chat service.
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- A Guide To Calculating Fractured Fibula Compensation Payouts
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- Case Study: £12,500 Fractured Fibula Claim
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Before we get into the main subjects (including compensation calculators and No Win No Fee agreements), let’s talk about the personal injury claims time limit. So, you would have 3 years to claim after an avoidable accident resulting in you suffering a fibula fracture. Alternatively, you would have 3 years from the date of knowledge. This means that if you don’t claim within 3 years of the incident, you may not receive a fractured fibula compensation payout. Find out more by speaking with our specialist team today.
The fibula is the long bone in your leg. It sits between the knee and the ankle, and it’s parallel to the tibia. A fracture to this bone could happen due to an impact to the leg, with the fibula suffering damage as a result. And typical symptoms would include bruising or swelling of the leg, tenderness, a shape deformity and tingling or numbness.
As for how bad it can be? Well, that depends on the severity of the fracture. A minor break may only slow down your walking for a few weeks, while even a moderate break could simply require crutches for a period of time. But a serious fracture could leave you unable to walk for a number of months, and a particularly severe fracture could be career-ending depending on your occupation. Ask about how the extent of this injury could influence your fractured fibula compensation payout by using our Live Chat.
The financial consequences of a fibula fracture focus both on what you’re paying and what you’re losing. So, you may have to pay the medical costs of any painkillers, medicine and materials such as crutches. These could come from your own pocket, and these could prove to be very high if it’s a severe fracture. Also, you may have to use public transport, since your leg injury would prevent you from driving.
Most of all, though, a fibula fracture could cause you to lose a number of months of work earnings. And this could have a major impact on your financial situation, depending on your monetary stability prior to the injury. Personal injury lawyers could use these figures to add to your compensation payout so you are put back in a position you were in before the injury. Talk to us for further guidance.
Now, to claim negligence, you have to prove that a third party owed you a duty of care, but a breach resulted in you suffering a fractured fibula. Duties of care relate to employer’s liability (EL), public liability (PL) and the Highway Code. And the overseeing legislation comes from the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and the Highway Code.
Each states a duty of care to prevent potential injuries. Examples of an accident at work could be tripping over cable wires that were left out by a colleague and landing hard on the fibula bone.
Meanwhile, a potential accident in a public place might be slipping over a slippery surface in a supermarket and damaging the fibula. Another example of being injured in a public place could be tripping over a defected paving slab outside a restaurant and fracturing the fibula.
As for road traffic accidents, a serious collision might impact the car sufficiently enough to cause leg damage and, consequently, a fibula fracture. And if it’s only one of multiple injuries, then a multiple injury claim is the likely scenario. Find out what accidents could mean claiming for a fractured fibula compensation payout by calling us using the number above.
When making a compensation claim, it’s advisable not to limit your considerations for what you may wish to include. For instance, care may form a major part of the claim. Now, a care claim is viable if you can prove that you receive additional assistance primarily due to your fibula fracture. This could include gracious care from family members, hiring a nurse and professional home service charges. Receipts and invoices for the latter two examples would be extremely useful to back up your claim. Ask our friendly team today about what levels of care could contribute towards your potential fractured fibula compensation payout.
For your personal injury lawyer to estimate your compensation, you should undergo an independent medical assessment. This means you could have a complete diagnosis about the full extent of your fibula fracture. You would also answer questions regarding how this has impacted your life.
General damages deal with the injury itself. So, that would be covering the pain, suffering and consequences with regards to limited mobility for the foreseeable future. As for special damages, these would encompass all remaining costs such as medication, public transport, loss of earnings and potential physiotherapy. And again we state the importance of retaining receipts and invoices for the costs you’re claiming for. To find out more about what might influence your fractured fibula compensation payout, contact our helpful team anytime.
Mrs Burke, 33, was heading home from work (where she served as a cinema usher) on her motorbike. She had driven it many times before without issue. But one evening, she encountered a problem that resulted in a serious injury.
As Mrs Burke was driving home, she came onto the main road. After finding her space, she came towards a red light and slowed down. However, another car attempted to overtake her so that it could pass through the traffic light just in time. In doing so, though, the other vehicle came too close to her motorcycle.
And because of the significant speed that the motorist was travelling at, they ended up clipping Mrs Burke and her motorbike. The impact knocked her off her bike and to the ground. The combination of the collision and her fall meant that her right leg was in a great deal of pain.
Other drivers behind Mrs Burke noticed what happened, and offered her the courtesy of helping her off the road. Once she was safely on the pavement, she still felt like her leg was heavily damaged. An ambulance was called, and Mrs Burke was taken to her local hospital. The official diagnosis was a fracture of the fibula in her right leg. Although no surgery would be required, she had to rest at home for up to three months to fully recover.
Mrs Burke felt like this was a major setback in her life. She was concerned about her financial situation due to the lack of sick pay during her absence. And she was afraid of losing her job due to the accident and the resultant lay-off. Most of all, though, Mrs Burke was disgusted at the driver who failed to show a duty of care as applied by the Highway Code.
After seeking legal advice, Mrs Burke filed a negligence claim against the driver, whose details she had taken. Thanks to CCTV security cameras on the road where the accident took place liability was admitted straight away. She received £12,500 as an out-of-court fractured fibula compensation payout. This included £9,000 in general damages and £3,500 in special damages.
|Type Of Special Damages
|Costs of lost earnings due to the injury during her 3-month lay-off
|Costs of painkillers during her rehabilitation
|Costs of using buses & taxis for hospital visits during her recovery
The case of Mrs Burke is purely an example. It is based on our past experiences of handling and valuing claims and serves to illustrate how accidents can happen and how they are valued.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors can offer you a free consultation ahead of a potential fractured fibula claim. As part of this, we can calculate how much compensation you could receive in the event that your claim is successful. There are no set guarantees as to what you could get as every injury is in some way unique.
Nevertheless, we do have the table below for you to use as a guide. These are figures based on previous successful compensation claims for similar injuries to your fibula fracture. Note that these numbers come directly from the 2022 edition of the Judicial College Guidelines.
|£96,250 to £135,920
|A leg injury short of amputation but with extensive leg degloving & gross shortening of the leg.
|£54,830 to £87,890
|An injury where the sufferer has mobility issues & requires walking assistance on a permanent basis.
|£39,200 to £54,830
|A serious compound ligament fracture causing instability & lengthy treatment.
|In the region of £38,430
|A tendon severance causing swelling, cramp & limited ankle movement.
|£27,760 to £39,200
|A complicated multiple fracture or crush injury with significant rehabilitation required.
|£24,990 to £30,090
|A complete division of the tendon with residual weakness expected in the future.
|£17,960 to £27,760
|A soft tissue injury to the leg but without a full recovery.
|£12,590 to £21,070
|A partial rupture or significant injury for the tendon.
|Tibia Or Fibula Fracture Or Soft Tissue Injuries
|Up to £11,840
|A basic fracture with a full recovery expected.
|£9,110 to £14,080
|A general fracture of the femur with a full recovery expected.
Additionally, the figures in the table above represent general damages, one of the two heads of a claim. General damages specifically focus on your physical pain and psychological anguish, along with any further suffering or loss of amenity.
Meanwhile, special damages are the other area of a settlement. These focus on losses and expenses, ranging from a lack of income to medical bills to hospital appointment transportation costs. Both general damages and special damages combine to form the final settlement figure. Call us today for your free consultation and to discuss what your broken fibula compensation amount could be.
No Win No Fee agreement; there’s no requirement to pay legal costs for your No Win No Fee solicitor up-front or as the case is ongoing. And bear in mind that if your case fails, you still won’t pay anything. That’s right; you only pay your personal injury solicitor if your case earns you a fractured fibula compensation payout. At that stage, your personal injury solicitor takes a nominal amount capped by Law known as a success fee. Otherwise, you don’t pay a penny to your solicitor, which reassures you that you get value for money, because you only pay if you win. Ask our helpful team about using a No Win No Fee service for your personal injury claim.
To identify personal injury lawyers with fibula fracture specialities requires some research into their background. Look carefully for how often they handle such cases, and also their track record of successfully winning them. Consider, too, any positive client reviews pertaining to victims of this particular injury. And also look at their qualifications, and whether they’re credible enough to represent your case.
Our panel of personal injury solicitors are specialists in their field and can help you get the right amount of compensation for your injury. Call us today for additional information.
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If you want further guidance relating to a claim for a fractured fibula compensation payout, see the links below.
Our home page details everything we have to share about compensation claims.
We also have details about claiming after an accident in a public park.
And we also explain how to file a public liability claim.
Meanwhile, the NHS have their own guide on leg injuries.
They also explain how to identify a fracture or broken bone.
And they also have a full list of their various services.
Article by AR