Collarbone injury compensation claims

This article considers everything you should know about making a successful collarbone accident compensation claim.

How much can I claim?

The collarbone (clavicle) is the narrow bone joining the shoulder bone (scapula) to the breast bone (sternum).

Around 300,000 people a year break their collarbone making it one of the most common bones in the body to be fractured.

Usually the result of heavy impact with a hard surface, collarbone fractures may occur when a falling person outstretches his or her hand to halt the fall, or where the impact of the fall is at the point of the shoulder.

Surgery may be required in more severe cases where the bone has broken through the skin or been fractured in several places. This may involve pins, plates and screws to give stability during the longer healing process.

Collarbone injuries can take around 6-8 weeks to heal, during which time the surrounding muscles will weaken through immobility. Physiotherapy is often required post-healing to restore full function to the shoulder region.

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

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Do I have a claim for a collarbone injury?

If you have suffered a collarbone injury in the last three years (longer if children were involved) and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

Do I have a claim?

Could the injury have been prevented?

Several types of accidents may result in a person breaking his collarbone. Many such accidents could be prevented and may give rise to a compensation claim.

Loose flooring or uneven paving may cause slips, trips and falls in which people break a collarbone. Where proper maintenance has not been carried out to reduce accident risk, the owner of the premises may be liable.

Similarly, hazards including obstacles, worn floor covering or spilt liquids on staircases may cause a person's fall down a flight of stairs. These accidents may occur in the workplace, retail establishments, multi-storey car parks or public areas.

Accidents at work are a common cause of these injuries. Workers in construction, factory and warehouse environments are more likely to sustain a fall from a height accident - also a cause of collarbone fracture - where health and safety regulations have been breached.

Other instances of collarbone fractures at work may be due to workers being struck on the shoulder by falling objects, or being trapped between two heavy objects.

Collarbones may be also broken as a result of physical assault by another, or through the impact of a road traffic accident - as pedestrian, cyclist or vehicle occupant or driver.

Who pays the 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.


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' Lliability Insurance.

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 Lliability Insurance.

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.

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.

100% No Win, No Fee collarbone injury claim - Pay nothing if your claim is unsuccessful

Typically a no win no fee agreement (technically known as a CFA or Conditional Fee Agreement) is put in place between a claimant and a personal injury solicitor.

A Conditional Fee Agreement is essentially the terms and conditions under which the solicitor works for their client.

It outlines what the lawyers will actually do and how he will be remunerated if the claim is won.

If you instruct a Quittance Personal Injury solicitor for your collarbone injury claim there are absolutely no additional fees , no up-front fees and the peace of mind that you wont be out of pocket.

Calculate my collarbone injury compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our personal injury compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

How much can I claim?

Road traffic accident claims

Every year almost 200,000* people are injured on Britain's roads. If you have been injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you can claim compensation.

Find out more about claiming collarbone injury compensation for a road accident: Read more about road accident claims

*Source: Official Department of Transport statistics (

Accidents at work - Claiming compensation from your employer

Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury or illness at work, you may able to claim compensation.

Find out if you can claim collarbone injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims

*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report

Meet the team

The nationwide panel of Quittance solicitors take on all types of personal injury claims, from fast track claims to long-term injuries. Chosen for their success rate in winning claims, QLS's solicitors have years of dedicated experience winning compensation for claimants.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Emma Bell Employers and Public Liability Panel Solicitor
Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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