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    When can you make a claim for a broken collarbone?

    A broken collarbone is one of the most debilitating injuries to occur to a person therefore if you have sustained this type of injury through no fault of your own then it is possible to make a claim for compensation. Common examples where individuals raise a claim for compensation in respect of a broken collarbone are in slip, trip and fall cases where insufficient care was taken to ensure the safeness of a public place otherwise medical negligence cases where a professional has caused you an injury through a mistake on their part. In all cases, it is important to prove firstly that you have sustained a broken collarbone through a medical diagnosis and then that another is legally responsible for your injury owing to their own negligence and carelessness.

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    What is a broken collarbone?

    A broken collarbone is when the bone connecting the shoulder to the breast bone is fractured or displaced causing severe pain and suffering. Collarbone fractures and injuries are not uncommon but are more prevalent in slip, trip and fall cases as well as medical negligence or even sporting accidents. There are a number of different types of collarbone fractures ranging in seriousness. However, if you have suffered a broken collarbone in part because of another’s negligence then you may be entitled to claim for compensation in respect of your injury sustained.

    Types of collarbone fractures:

    • Hairline Fracture: This type of injury is where a fracture does not go completely through the bone and instead appears as a hairline. Hairline fractures therefore often go unnoticed by sufferers.
    • Simple Fracture: This type of injury is where a fracture appears as a single crack straight through the bone without piercing or damaging the surrounding skin or tissue. Such fracture types usually heal in a cast in adequate time.
    • Displaced Fracture: This type of injury is where a fracture is a broken bone unaligned at the point of injury therefore re-alignment is needed before a cast can be applied to the area.
    • Compound Fracture: This type of injury is where the bone has shattered in a number of places making this type of fracture very difficult to ever completely heal.
    • Stress Fracture: This type of injury occurs over a period of time and is a result of repeated stresses to the collarbone area. Often these types of fractures occur habitually in sport.

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    How much compensation is possible?

    Compensation for a broken collarbone is dependent on the severity of the injury and the pain and suffering as a result of the accident. There is no defined amount of compensation that will be awarded since claims are decided on a case-by-case basis. However, general guidance by the law suggests that a simple collarbone fracture may be awarded around £3,000 in damages whilst a more complicated fracture may be awarded up to £9,000. Other financial considerations such as your current and future loss of earnings, medical expenditure as well as travel costs will also be accounted for. Therefore, legal advice should be sought in the first instance in order to better understand the nature of your claim and your likely compensation outcome.

     

    How can I make a claim?

    To make a claim you should obtain medical confirmation of your broken collarbone injury. You should then consult a specialist personal injury solicitor to identify whether you have a valid claim. A specialist will be able to direct you as to the strengths of your claim and the potential outcome based on the facts. Scot Accident Claims boast talented specialist personal injury solicitors that have acted for many differing personal injury type claims therefore are always willing to offer advice.

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