Collarbone Injury Compensation Claims

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

The purpose of this guide is to help anyone who has suffered a collarbone injury and is considering a legal claim for compensation. If you are looking for medical advice, please see the NHS website.

In our guide to claiming collarbone injury compensation:

Introduction

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.

Do I have a collarbone injury claim?

As a basic rule, you can make a collarbone injury claim if you sustained an injury:

  • in the last three years, and;
  • someone else was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.
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Claim eligibility - Common questions

What if a child was injured?

The 3 year rule does not apply to minors.

A claim can be pursued for anyone under the age of 18 by a parent, guardian or litigation friend. The injured child has up to the age of 21 to start a collarbone injury claim on their own behalf.

Read more about claiming injury compensation on behalf of a child.

Can I still claim if I didn't report the collarbone injury?

If you did not report the accident it can make it more difficult to pursue a collarbone injury claim, but a claim may still be possible. This will depend on the circumstances of your case and on the other evidence available.

Do I need a diagnosis to make a collarbone injury claim?

If you have been injured and are awaiting the results, you should still seek legal advice as soon as possible. The sooner you start a collarbone injury claim after an accident, the more likely your claim is to succeed.

How much compensation can I claim for a collarbone injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your collarbone injury will depend on:

  • the extent 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 collarbone injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in 'general damages' and 'special damages'.

General damages

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

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

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

What can I claim for after a collarbone injury? (see list)

Examples of special damages (losses you can claim for) include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Collarbone injury compensation amounts

The following collarbone injury payouts refer to the Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Fourteenth Edition by the Judicial College.

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

Example Amount
Shoulder injury
Soft tissue injury Up to £6,290
Fracture of clavicle £6,290 to £10,180
Dislocation £10,180 to £15,300
Brachial plexus damage £15,300 to £38,280

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

If you have sustained multiple injuries, the compensation amounts are not simply added together.

The upper bracket of the most serious injury may be considered as a starting point, with a reduced amount applied for the other less severe injuries.

For example:

General damages for a serious shoulder injury can be £15,000

For a more minor wrist injury, in isolation, you would typically receive £2,900.

However, if you have a serious shoulder injury and a more minor wrist injury, you would typically receive £15,000 + a reduced percentage of £2,900.

Special damages, such as loss of earnings are not usually increased if you have multiple injuries. Read more about multiple injury claims.

What is the average injury compensation for a collarbone injury claim?

The Judicial College injury tables give a approximate idea of the ranges awarded for different injuries.

However, the money you would receive following a collarbone injury will depend entirely on your specific circumstances.

Your collarbone injury compensation will be calculated based on the unique impact your injuries have had on your life, your ability to work, and the actual financial losses you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

See the injury table above for some examples.

Can I claim for physiotherapy and private care costs?

Private treatment can be expensive, but funding towards the cost of this treatment frequently comprises part of a compensation award. Your solicitor may even be able to arrange access to private medical care as soon as your claim is accepted.

Collarbone injury compensation

Calculating how much compensation you can claim for a collarbone injury can be complicated.

Our injury compensation calculator tells you if you may have a claim, how much compensation you could claim, and what you can claim for.

Find out what your collarbone injury claim could be worth now:

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How long does a collarbone injury claim take?

How long it can take to get compensation for a collarbone injury can vary considerably.

A straightforward liability accepted injury claim could be settled in a few weeks. If liability is denied, however, a compensation claim can take significantly longer. Usually, an injury claim will take 4 to 9 months. To read more about how long your claim could take, see: How long will my claim take?

Caring and sensitive support

Your solicitor will handle your collarbone injury claim from the initial consultation through to the financial settlement. In addition, your solicitor will work with other specialists to help you with:

  • Financial support: interim payments while you are unable to work.
  • Advice: on personal injury trusts, tax and welfare benefits.
  • Coordination: with rehabilitation providers and therapists.
  • Access: to treatment and therapies not always available on the NHS.

Could my 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 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.

Employers

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.

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.

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.

How did your injury occur?

The claims process that your solicitor follows will vary, depending on how the injury occurred:

No win, no fee, no risk

Under a no win, no fee agreement, your solicitor agrees that you will have no legal fees to pay if your claim is not successful.

No win, no fee guarantee

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, our no win, no fee guarantee takes the risk out of claiming compensation for your collarbone injury. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim

What do I pay if I win my collarbone injury claim?

Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, only after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.

What do I pay if I do not win my collarbone injury claim?

If your collarbone injury claim is not successful then you won't have to pay your solicitor any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.

Why do most solicitors charge 25%?

25% success fees are charged by most law firms as this is the maximum fee that the Ministry of Justice allows them to charge. collarbone injury claims can take a solicitor hundreds of hours work and they receive nothing if the case is lost. The success fee will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may vary. Call us for more information.

How can Quittance help?

Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning injury claims.

If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open 8am to 9pm weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

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Collarbone injury FAQ's

Can I claim for someone else?

Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.

If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.

The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.

Read more about claiming on behalf of another person.

Can I claim if I was partly responsible for an accident?

You may still be able to claim compensation even if you contributed to your accident or to your injuries.

However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.

Read more about claiming compensation if you were partly responsible for an accident.

How long do I have to make a collarbone injury claim?

In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the collarbone injury to make an injury claim.

The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your collarbone injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.

Can I claim for a collarbone injury after 3 years?

Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.

However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.

If you were injured as a child, you do have up until your 21st birthday to make a claim.

There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 612 7456 to find out if you are still able to claim collarbone injury compensation.

In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether a collarbone injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.

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Will I have to go to court?

Highly unlikely. The vast majority of claims that are settled by the solicitor panel are settled out of court.

Only a very small percentage (approx. 5%) of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.

Cases that do ultimately go to court are held in front of a judge, not a jury.

Read more: Will my injury claim go to court and what if it does?

Will I have to go to a solicitor's office?

No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. As with most professional services, it is no longer necessary to meet face to face with your solicitor. Personal injury claims are dealt with via email, post and telephone.

Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.

Read more: Will I have to visit a solicitor's office?

Can I get an early compensation payment?

If you suffer financial hardship as a result of an injury, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.

An interim payment is a partial settlement of your claim which is paid before your claim is concluded. The amount you receive in interim payments would then be deducted from your final compensation settlement or award.

Read more about interim compensation payments.

Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor

About the author

Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.

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