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Many of us will break a bone at some point and usually recover without any long term problems and never consider making fracture claims. However, some breaks and fractures can be more serious than others, particularly if they are sustained in a road traffic accident and are accompanied by several other serious injuries.
One single road traffic collision can result in multiple injuries that include fractures and spinal or soft tissue damage so things can be more complicated than merely making a broken bones claim.
You may have to give up work and need expensive adaptations or specialist equipment fitted in your home or car to be able to live independently. Recovery and rehabilitation can take much longer if your injuries involve multiple fractures, compound fractures or multi-limb fractures. Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries, you might need extensive physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and multiple follow-up checks.
Most importantly, multiple injury and broken bones claims should take account of the effect of the injuries as a whole as their combined impact could be substantially greater than would be the case if each injury was assessed individually.
That’s why it is essential to ensure that your legal team has the knowledge and expertise to handle your case, but can also give you advice on a wide range of issues related to your ongoing needs, such as setting up a trust to protect your award while retaining your entitlement to state benefits.
how do I make a claim about multiple injuries and broken bones
If you think you have a case for making a claim, contact our specialist multiple injury claims lawyers who can give you initial advice, usually without any cost or obligation to use our services.
If you proceed with your claim, our immediate priority will be your health. No matter what kind of injury you have sustained, we will work with a range of medical experts to establish your immediate and ongoing needs. This will allow us to determine the correct early medical treatment you may need which can be funded by interim payments from the other side.
This also allows us to properly value your claim and build a case that will cover the cost of your current and all future support needs. We can also help with claims involving uninsured drivers or hit and runs, obtaining settlement from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
We always act in the best interests of our clients by putting their needs first and most claims of this nature are normally dealt with under a No-Win-No-Fee funding agreement, so if your claim doesn't succeed you won't pay for our work and you won't face any unforeseen financial risk
Any damages awarded will be based on loss of earnings if you’ve had to take time off work and all your other out of pocket expenses like necessary alterations to the home or purchase of specialist mobility aids and equipment, future financial loss and expense, as well as reimbursement for the pain or suffering you’ve experienced.
if I have a case about multiple injuries and broken bones claims
Like any other personal injury, the success of multiple injury claims depends on proving that the other party who caused the accident and your injuries was negligent and at fault.
Proving that legal fault in civil cases is based only on the ‘balance of probabilities’. Even if you were partly to blame for the accident or for the injuries suffered (e.g. the injuries were made worse due to failure to wear a seat belt) it is still possible to make a claim.
The same is true if the driver responsible for your injuries turns out to have no insurance or cannot be traced. A successful claim can still be made through the Motor Insurer’s Bureau (MIB).
Regardless of the severity of the individual injuries, the combination of several types of cracked, broken or crushed bones can have painful and uncertain ongoing implications for your health and mobility. That’s why our experts may advise you to refuse what appear to be quick and seemingly generous payment offers until you know what your full prognosis might be.
Once you have accepted a settlement, you can’t go back and ask for more to pay for treating unforeseen medical problems that may arise later. It is vital therefore to choose solicitors who have not only the legal expertise but also the patience to handle these cases, usually on a No-Win-No-Fee basis, in order to achieve the best possible long-term result for you and your family.
more about multiple injuries and broken bones claims
Pound for pound, healthy bone is five times stronger than steel, but if a force is applied quickly to a small area (as happens in a car collision for example) bone can break under considerably lower pressure than you might think.
However, unless the bone is visibly displaced and it’s obvious that it is indeed broken, symptoms that accompany fractures such as pain, swelling and localised deformity can often be misinterpreted as a simple sprain or a strain.
The only absolutely sure way to identify this type of injury is through an X-ray or a CT scan. The more common types of stable fracture involve a clean break with relatively few outward signs of injury, although a broken bone can penetrate the skin in a compound fracture. Comminuted fractures, where the bone shatters into several pieces, are frequently seen in falls from height.
Where a fracture involves a joint such as the hips, wrists, elbows, knees, thumb or fingers, there is an increased risk of developing arthritis in later years.
Some breaks may require lengthy surgery just to get at the fracture site and it may be necessary to insert pins or plates. Further surgery to remove those pins or plates can lead to a great deal of discomfort as well as unsightly scarring.
If you have sustained a single fracture or multiple injuries and broken bones in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Our client was travelling as a rear seat passenger in a vehicle when a car traveling in the opposite direction swerved into their path and smashed into their car at speed, forcing them off the road.
Read about how Shoosmiths helped their client receive the compensation the compensation they deserved after their road traffic accident here.
Shoosmiths acted for a client who suffered multiple injuries in a road traffic accident in which she sustained a fracture to her knee and injuries to her chest, ribs, neck, and spine.
Read how Shoosmiths secured the right compensation for their client here.
I deal with civil litigation for individuals whose claims involve complex liability issues as well as leading a team of lawyers within our serious injuries unit who deal with high value personal injury litigation.View full profile
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