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Given the impact a collarbone (clavicle) injury has on a person’s ability to work as normal and partake in day-to-day activities and sports, a successful compensation claim will be of great help. You can recover lost wages and incurred costs, as well as a settlement for the pain and discomfort caused by the injury.
While the majority of collarbone fractures usually heal within 6-8 weeks of the accident, in more serious cases surgery will be needed with plates, pins and screws installed. As such, the recovery period is longer and further rehabilitation therapies such as physiotherapy can be required. A compensation settlement will often cover these too.
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Common causes of collarbone injuries
Most collarbone injuries arise from falls on hard floor surfaces, or as a result of a fall from height, such as from a ladder or step whilst at work.
Additionally, a large number of our collarbone claimants have sustained their injury as a result of a slip or trip in a public place.
Compensation amounts for a broken collarbone
The level of compensation you can expect for a broken collarbone will depend on the extent of the fracture, level of disability and ongoing symptoms.
Simple fractures which heal with no ongoing pain will likely fall in the £2,000 – £4,000 range.
If there is ongoing pain, you can expect up to around £10,000.
In more serious cases, where the collarbone does not heal correctly, presents ongoing pain and permanent disability, awards can exceed £10,000.
These amounts are for the injury itself, but you can also claim for special damages, which can include your expenses and rehabilitation therapies, for example.
Once your specialist solicitor has obtained your medical report they will be able to give you an idea of how much compensation to expect for your injury.
Who can make a claim for collarbone injury compensation?
Any person who has suffered a collarbone injury as a result of an accident that was someone else’s fault has the right to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.
Accidents in public
For those caused as a result of a slip on a wet floor in a supermarket, shop or other business, claims generally succeed if the slipping hazard was not marked with a hazard warning sign. Here it must be proved that the organisation responsible for the site had failed to carry out their statutory duty to ensure that the area was inspected regularly, kept safe and that any hazard to health was clearly marked.
Accidents at work
Collarbone injuries from a slip, trip or fall from height at work may succeed with a compensation claim if the cause of their accident can be attributed to employer negligence. This could be a lack of training or a failure to provide the correct equipment, such as a ladder that is not long enough or a faulty, disrepaired step.
Accidents on the road
Those sustaining a broken collarbone as a result of a road traffic accident may succeed with a claim if they were not at fault for the accident and were hit by a 3rd party vehicle. Similarly, if they were caused to be thrown from a bike because of a disrepaired road surface or large pothole within the highway.
How to make a successful collarbone injury claim
As with any claim for personal injury compensation, a claimant can help their prospects of success by acting quickly and ensuring the correct evidence will be available to support their specialist solicitor later in the claims process.
To make sure your claim for collarbone injury compensation has the best chance of succeeding, follow these key steps:
- Ensure the details and cause of your collarbone injury are recorded in an accident book and reported to the correct people
- Seek medical attention so that medical evidence will be available to support your claim
- Obtain witness details if possible
- Take photographs of the cause of your slip or fall if you are able to do so
Don’t worry if you haven’t been able to do all of this yet, just contact us at the earliest opportunity and we’ll be able to help.
If your collarbone injury was caused by a slip on a wet floor or spillage within a supermarket, make sure that the accident is recorded within the store accident book. If there was no hazard sign on display at the time of your fall, make sure that is noted too.
If your collarbone injury happened at work, make sure that the details of your accident are recorded in your employer’s accident book. If applicable, make sure the details of any lack of training or inadequate equipment are noted.
How our expertise can help
At Direct2Compensation we have a great track record of helping collarbone injury claimants reach a successful outcome. Our expert team understand your rights and can tell you quickly whether or not you have a viable claim for compensation.
We work with leading specialist personal injury compensation solicitors who will pursue your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. Their aim is get you the maximum settlement possible. Our simple to understand claims process will give you the confidence to pursue your claim and enable you to focus on recovery.
If you have suffered a collarbone injury and want to know if you can make a claim for compensation, contact us today. You can start your claim online or request a call back, and one of our expert team will be in touch to offer help. Alternatively, call us on 01225 430285.