When can you make a claim for a coccyx fracture injury?

    You can make a claim for a coccyx fracture as soon as you have confirmation of your injury from a medical professional along with the nature and extent of the damage sustained by you. You must be able to prove that your injury was as a result of another party’s negligence therefore making them legally responsible for your suffering. It is therefore advisable to consult a specialist personal injury solicitor in order to ascertain whether your claim is valid and if so then how to prove your case to receive the maximum award in damages as can be expected.

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    What is a coccyx fracture?

    The coccyx is a small triangular bone at the base of the spinal column. It is made up of three to five coccygeal vertebrae or spinal bones which may fuse together to form a single bone. The coccyx is then connected to the sacrum through an amphiarthrodial joint which also may fuse together in later life. A coccyx fracture therefore is when there is some physical abnormality present in the coccyx causing both pain and suffering to an individual.  Due to the complicated nature of the coccyx, it is unsurprising that it can be a common injury for one reason or another. Slip, trip or falls on your buttocks can cause a coccyx fracture as well as road traffic accidents or accidents at work. The coccyx itself is extremely sensitive owing to the number of nerves and ligaments attaching to it. Therefore, if you were involved in an accident and have suffered a coccyx fracture that was through another’s negligence then you may in fact be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

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    How much compensation is possible?

    There is no defined level of compensation in respect of a coccyx fracture injury since each claim is considered on a case-by-case basis. Compensation is therefore dependent on the extent of your injury as well as the accompanying pain and suffering that you have endured. It is therefore important to obtain an independent medical report that details your injury as well as the estimated recovery time as this will ultimately affect your compensation offer. Other financial considerations that will be taken into account are your current and future loss of earnings, medical costs as well as travel expenses. The law does provide general guidance to coccyx fracture claims although these are only indicative. As such, a minor coccyx injury may attract a payout up to £2,200 whilst a more serious coccyx fracture may attract damages up to £24,000. It is always advisable to consult a specialist personal injury solicitor in the first place since they are better able to advise you of your possible compensation having greater knowledge of how similar claims were settled in the past.

     

    How can I make a claim?

    You can make a claim for compensation as soon as you have a medical diagnosis of your injury. You can firstly contact a specialist personal injury solicitor to explain the facts of your case and your subsequent suffering. A specialist will be able to ascertain very quickly whether your claim is valid and if so what evidence will be needed to prove your case. Scot Accident Claims have a number of specialist personal injury solicitors and are always willing to help you in making your claim.

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