Broken Bone Injury At Work Claims

Have you suffered a broken bone at work? If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. This guide will explore the steps you can take to do so.

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Broken bone at work claims guide

Broken bones can vary in severity and could affect your quality of life whilst they are healing. In some instances, you may not be able to work with broken bones if they are severe enough.

For that reason, you may have to take time off work after breaking a bone, which means you may suffer a loss of earnings.

As part of the claims process, you could claim back loss of earnings as well as claiming compensation for the impact the injury has on your quality of life. We have provided more details on this throughout our guide.

If you need any additional information after reading our guide, please get in touch by:

  • Calling on 0800 408 7825
  • Filling out the contact form on our website
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Common Types Of Workplace Accidents

All employers owe their employees a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. However, in some cases, they might fail to uphold their duty of care if they don’t take all reasonable steps to prevent their employees from sustaining harm.

To hold a valid claim, your injuries must have been sustained as a result of your employer breaching their duty of care. The following examples of accidents at work highlight how an employer’s negligence could cause different types of broken bone at work injuries:

  • Slips, trips and falls: Your employer may have failed to keep the office space reasonably free from obstructions. As a result, you may have tripped over and and suffered a fractured femur as a result.
  • Assault at work: You may have reported concerns about your co-worker being aggressive towards you but your employer may have failed to take appropriate action, such as investigating your complaint. As a result, the situation may have escalated resulting in you sustaining a fractured cheekbone after being assaulted by the same employee.
  • Faulty equipment: Employers must carry out regular checks on equipment to ensure it is safe to use. However, they may have failed to do so resulting in your arm being crushed by a piece of faulty equipment.

If you have experienced something similar, please contact us today to make a broken bone claim for compensation.

Statistics On The Nature Of Broken Bones At Work

According to the Labour Force Survey in 2020/21, an average of 230 per 100,000 workers suffered a broken bone or fracture injury at work.

In the UK, employers are required to report specified injuries under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. Broken and fractured bones are reportable injuries.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics, the following accidents were the most common causes of workplace accidents in 2020/21.

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Common Types Of Broken Bone Injuries

Here are some common types of broken bone injuries:

If you have sustained a similar injury as a result of your employer’s negligence, call our team about making a broken bone at work claim.

What Are The Steps To Claim For A Broken Bone At Work?

If you break a bone at work, the first step you may wish to take is to seek medical advice. Getting your injuries treated by a medical professional can ensure you receive the correct treatment and avoid complications from developing.

Also, your medical records can be used as evidence to provide details on the nature of your injuries.

You should also ensure you report your workplace accident to your supervisor. This will ensure there is a record of your broken bone in the workplace accident book.

Another step you may wish to take is to seek legal advice from a solicitor who has experience handling claims similar to your own. A solicitor can provide several services such as helping you gather evidence in support of your claim.

They could also arrange for you to attend an independent medical assessment in your local area. The assessment can produce a report to highlight details on the full extent of your injuries.

Our panel of solicitors have experience handling broken bone at work claims so get in touch with our team for more information.

Gathering Evidence To Support Your Broken Bone At Work Claim

It’s important that you gather evidence to prove your personal injury claim demonstrates negligence. Evidence you could obtain might include:

  1. Photographs of your injuries.
  2. Contact details of witnesses
  3. CCTV footage of the accident.
  4. The report from your medical assessment.
  5. Photographs of the health and safety hazard that caused your injuries.
  6. Medical evidence such as doctor or hospital reports.

Broken Bone At Work Compensation Calculator

If you make a successful broken bone or fractured bone injury claim, your compensation may comprise:

  • General damages: These seek to compensate you for your physical and psychological injuries. The severity of your injuries and the extent to which it’s impacted your quality of life will be considered when valuing your claim.
  • Special damages are compensation to repay you for the costs associated with your injuries. This includes both past and future losses such as medical costs, travel expenses and lost income. You must provide evidence to prove any losses, such as receipts or payslips.

When calculating how much your injuries are worth, medical evidence may be used to determine the full extent of your condition. Alongside this, a document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) may be consulted to help value your claim.

The table below includes bracket compensation amounts from the JCG for different injuries. Please only use these as a guide because your actual settlement will vary depending on circumstances unique to your claim.

Injury And Severity Damages About
Fractured Jaw (i) £28,610 to £42,730 Multiple serious fractures which require prolonged treatment and which could leave the person with severe pain.
Fractured Jaw (ii) £16,860 to £28,610 Serious bone fractures leaving permanent consequences. There may be difficulty in opening the mouth or eating.
Less Severe Elbow Injury £14,690 to £30,050 An injury which impairs elbow function but won’t require major surgery or cause a significant disability.
Severe Pelvic Fracture (ii) £58,100 to £73,580 May include a pelvic fracture dislocation which involves the pubic rami and ischial that results in impotence.
Severe Pelvic Fracture (iii) £36,770 to £49,270 Injuries could include an acetabulum fracture which results in degenerative changes and instability in the leg.
Wrist Injury (b) £22,990 to £36,770 An injury which causes significant disability which is also permanent.
Wrist Injury (d) Rarely exceed £9,620 A fracture (or soft tissue injury) which takes longer to recover from, but where recovery is full.
Severe Leg Injury (b) (iii) £36,790 to £51,460 Injuries may include a compound fracture or comminuted fracture.
Severe Ankle Injury (b) £29,380 to £46,980 The injury will require pins and plates or a cast and could leave someone with a residual disability.
Clavicle Fracture £4,830 to £11,490 The person may have fractured their clavicle. The award will depend on several factors such as the severity.

If your injury isn’t visible on the table, please get in touch with us today. One of our advisors can estimate how much compensation you could receive in your broken bone at work claim.

Talk To Us About No Win No Fee Claims

If you have experienced a broken bone at work because of an accident that someone else’s negligence caused, we could help. The solicitors from our panel could take your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This offers several benefits, including:

  • No upfront costs
  • No ongoing costs while your claim proceeds

If your claim wins, you will pay a legally capped success fee from your compensation. However, if your claim fails, you won’t pay the success fee.

For more information about whether you’re eligible to put forward your broken bone at work claim or about working with a solicitor from our panel, get in touch by:

  • Calling on 0800 408 7825
  • Filling out the contact form on our website
  • Speaking with an advisor on the live chat feature below

Related Broken And Fractured Bone Resources

You may find these other guides helpful if you wish to make a claim for a broken bone.

The following are external resources that could help.

  • An HSE guide to creating risk assessments and managing risks at work.
  • An NHS guide on how to tell if you have a broken bone.
  • Visit the HSE for more workplace statistics.

If you require any more information about claiming compensation for a broken bone at work, please call our team on the number above.