If a collarbone injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

A collarbone injury, often resulting from impact sports, work accidents, or vehicle collisions, can be painful and debilitating, significantly impacting your daily life and activities.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a collarbone 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 a collarbone (clavicle) injury?

A collarbone (clavicle) injury is a fracture of the narrow bone that connects the shoulder blade (scapula) to the breastbone (sternum).

Such fractures often result from a heavy impact, like falling and landing on an outstretched hand, or the shoulder. In severe cases, where the bone pierces the skin or fractures in multiple places, surgery with pins, plates, or screws might be necessary for stability and healing.

Healing generally takes 6-8 weeks, and the lack of movement during this period can weaken surrounding muscles. Post-recovery, physiotherapy is commonly required to regain full shoulder function.

If you are looking for information on collarbone injury symptoms and treatment, visit: collarbone injury (nhs.uk).

With over 45,000 shoulder and arm injury admissions each year, you are not alone

46,308 patients were admitted with shoulder and upper arm injuries in 2021-22, according to an analysis of NHS England data (digital.nhs.uk).

Compensation for a collarbone injury often provides vital financial support to cover lost wages and the cost of necessary physiotherapy.

Am I entitled to make a collarbone injury claim?

If you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, you will be able to claim compensation.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

How long do I have to claim collarbone injury compensation?

An injury claim will usually need to be made within 3 years of the date or your accident or injury.

For injured children, a claim can be started by a parent or guardian at any time before they turn 18. Thereafter, the injured individual has until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own.

How much compensation can I claim for a collarbone injury?

The amount of money you could claim for a collarbone 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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Average collarbone injury general damages compensation

The following collarbone injury 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
Shoulder injury
Soft tissue injury Up to £7,170
Fracture of clavicle £7,170 to £11,610
Dislocation £11,610 to £17,450
Brachial plexus damage £17,450 to £43,660

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 collarbone injury such as sling, pain medication, physical therapy and surgery if needed.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average collarbone injury general damages compensation

The following collarbone injury 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
Shoulder injury
Soft tissue injury Up to £7,170
Fracture of clavicle £7,170 to £11,610
Dislocation £11,610 to £17,450
Brachial plexus damage £17,450 to £43,660

Who pays my compensation?

Depending on how and where the accident occurred, different bodies cover the cost of compensation awards arising from personal injuries; therefore establishing the cause and gathering evidence is important in bringing any claim.

Accidents at work

An accident in the workplace may be due to the employer failing in his duty of care to ensure the health, safety and welfare of his employees.

Even if the accident was caused by another employee, the employer may be vicariously liable for that employee's acts, providing it can be shown that they took place during the course of his employment. Compensation would be paid through the compulsory employers' liability insurance (gov.uk).

See also:

Claiming work injury compensation

Accidents in a public place

Where a supermarket's management might be liable for a broken collarbone caused by a customer injured in a supermarket, compensation would be made through the retailer's Public Liability Insurance.

See also:

Public place injury claims

Defective products

The manufacturer of a bicycle which collapses due to a faulty frame, for example, may be found liable for the injuries sustained if it can be demonstrated that the accident was due to a defective product.

The cost of any compensation should be covered by the manufacturer or retailer's product liability insurance.

See also:

Defective product liability claims

Other incidents

Road traffic accident claims are generally sought through the insurers of the defendant who caused the accident, whereas a person injured through a criminal assault may be able to claim compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

What happened?

Claiming compensation for a collarbone injury is dependent on how your injury occurred. Click the icons below for more detail:

No win, no fee collarbone injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim collarbone injury 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

How we can help you with your injury claim

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