If an avulsion fracture has set you back, we'll help you move forward

An avulsion fracture, where a fragment of bone is torn away by a tendon or ligament, can be a painful and debilitating injury, often occurring in high-impact sporting activities or accidents.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an avulsion fracture injury, we can help.

If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

What is an avulsion fracture?

An avulsion fracture occurs when a small piece of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone. This type of fracture is often the result of a sudden, forceful pull on the tendon or ligament.

Avulsion fractures can happen in various parts of the body but are most commonly seen in the ankle, knee, pelvis, hip, and elbow.

Other common areas include head of the 5th metatarsal (the long bone that attaches to the little toe), the navicular bone on the inside of the foot, and the ischial tuberosity or ‘sitting bone' where the hamstring tendon originates.

Avulsion fractures generally take less time to heal than traditional fractures, but may be problematic as precise surgery may be required to reattach the area which has split off to the main bone.

In some situations - where the injury is the result of a light impact - an avulsion fracture may be missed or misdiagnosed. As a result, the injury may not be properly treated and this may have a serious impact on the injured person's recovery and health in the longer term.

For information on ankle injury symptoms and treatment, visit: ankle pain (nhs.uk).

You are not alone

Avulsion fractures are common among athletes and individuals engaged in sports or activities that involve sudden, forceful movements, or rapid changes in direction or speed. These fractures frequently occur in younger people, whose bones may be more susceptible to such injuries due to growth plate areas being weaker than the tendons and ligaments attached to them.

Avulsion fractures, where a tendon or ligament pulls away taking a small piece of bone with it, are common in the foot & ankle (wwl.nhs.uk).

Do I have an avulsion fracture claim?

As a basic rule, you will be eligible to make an injury claim if you were injured:

  • within the last 3 years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.

Can I make a claim even if I'm partly liable?

Pinpointing liability for an accident will depend on the context, with different legal principles applying to different circumstances.

In our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents felt they were at least partly responsible for their accident or injuries.

Even if you were partly at fault, you could still be able to claim compensation. 'Split liability' or 'contributory negligence' are terms used to describe these cases.

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Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long after an avulsion fracture do I have to start a claim?

In most cases, you have 3 years from the date of your accident or injury.

If you were injured when you were under 18, a parent, guardian or adult 'litigation friend' can make a claim on your behalf. Once you turn 18, you have until your 21st birthday to start an injury claim.

How much compensation can I claim for an avulsion fracture?

The amount of money you could claim for an avulsion fracture injury will depend on:

  • the severity of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.

These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your avulsion fracture such as pain relief, surgical fixation and physical therapy.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average avulsion fracture general damages compensation

The following avulsion fracture payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Sixteenth Edition by the Judicial College (oup.com).

These tables are used by solicitors or by the courts as a starting point when calculating your compensation.

Please note: these average figures represent general damages only, and do not include any element of special damages (e.g. lost wages).

Example Amount
Arm injury
Fractured forearm £6,010 to £17,450
Chest injury
Fractured ribs or muscle injury to the rib cage and chest Up to £3,590
Finger injury
Fracture of one finger Up to £4,320
Partial loss of index finger £11,060 to £17,040
Leg injury
Simple tibia or fibula fracture Up to £10,760
Leg fracture with partial recovery £23,810 to £39,510
Pelvis and hip injury
Extensive fractures £71,270 to £119,030
Less extensive fractures £56,270 to £71,280
Wrist injury
Wrist fracture recovering within one year £3,210 to £4,310
Colles wrist fracture Around £6,750

How compensation can help

As avulsion fractures cause pain, a claimant may find difficulty in completing a number of daily tasks, including working and other activities.

If the fracture was the result of an accident that was someone else's fault a claimant may be entitled to make a personal injury claim for special and general damages.

The compensation should cover the cost of loss of earnings, medical treatment and travel as well as an award for pain and suffering endured.

Clinical negligence in avulsion fracture cases

If an avulsion fracture occurs in an accident without negligence, such as overstretching or overexertion during exercise, a direct claim for the accident itself may not be possible. However, if medical professionals miss the fracture during an examination, leading to additional pain, suffering, or extended recovery, a clinical negligence claim may be pursued.

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Making a clinical negligence claim

How did your injury happen?

Claiming compensation for an avulsion fracture is dependent on how your injury occurred. Click the icons below for more detail:

No win, no fee avulsion fracture compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim avulsion fracture compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Source: (reviewed: 11/12/2023)

Chris Salmon, Director

Chris Salmon, Director