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

A compound fracture is a bone break where the bone pierces the skin, caused by high-impact trauma. Treatment often involves surgery, immobilisation, and antibiotics to prevent infection.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a compound 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 a compound fracture?

Compound fractures are a category of fracture where the skin is pierced, such that the bone sticks out through the skin. Open wounds carry a significant risk of infection, so compound fractures are considered to be a serious medical incident. There is also an increased risk of shock and tissue damage associated with this type of break.

If an infection develops, there may be problems with bone healing. In many cases, surgery is needed to stabilise the bone and repair the muscles, often involving the use of pins. There may also be an ongoing need for physiotherapy to restore mobility in the affected area.

For information on broken and fractured bone symptoms and treatment, see: How do I know if I've broken a bone? (nhs.uk).

With over 300,000 fracture hospitalisation each year, you are not alone

NHS England reported 325,087 fracture admissions in 2021-22, including 1,500 people who sustained fractures to multiple body parts (digital.nhs.uk).

If you have suffered a compound fracture as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

Am I eligible for compound fracture injury compensation?

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

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.

Is a claim still possible if I am partly liable?

Ascertaining who is liable for an accident is not always straightforward and can often involve blame on both sides.

In our 2024 Personal Injury Claimant Survey, 13.99% of respondents said they either were unsure of which party was responsible, or believed they were partially responsible for their injuries.

Even if your actions or negligence played a role in the accident, you could still be eligible for compensation. Cases with shared fault (contributory negligence) frequently settle through a split liability agreement.

Read more:

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

How long after a compound fracture injury do I have to claim compensation?

In most cases, you have up to 3 years from the date of your accident or injury to start a claim.

For an injured child, the three-year limitation period begins on their 18th birthday, giving them until they are 21 to start a claim.

How much compensation can I claim for a compound fracture?

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

  • the seriousness 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

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred because of your accident. In addition to paying for loss of earnings (including future anticipated earnings loss), retraining costs, career trajectory impact, special damages can cover any care costs and medical procedures you need, such as surgery, antibiotics, pain medication and physical therapy.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Average compound fracture injury general damages compensation

The following compound fracture 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
Arm injury
Fractured forearm £6,010 to £17,450
Cheekbone fracture
Simple fracture £2,110 to £2,720
Simple fracture requiring surgery £3,950 to £5,870
Serious fracture requiring surgery £9,270 to £14,350
Facial injuries
Multiple fractures of facial bones £13,550 to £21,770
Le Fort fractures of frontal facial bones £21,650 to £33,400
Finger injury
Fracture of one finger Up to £4,320
Jaw fracture
Simple fracture £5,870 to £7,940
Serious injury with permanent consequences £16,330 to £27,720
Very serious injury with multiple fractures £27,720 to £41,400
Leg injury
Simple tibia or fibula fracture Up to £10,760
Simple femur fracture £8,280 to £25,240
Neck injury
Fractures or dislocations or severe soft tissue damage £41,350 to £50,900
Fractures or dislocations with severe symptoms £22,720 to £34,990
Serious fractures or damage to discs £59,760 to £119,030
Nose fracture
Simple £1,550 to £2,290
Displaced £2,290 to £2,860
Requiring surgery £3,590 to £4,640
Serious requiring surgery £9,670 to £21,030
Up to £44,850
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

Common causes of compound fractures

The workplace is the most common location for this type of injury to occur. For example, a worker could trap their hand or arm in heavy machinery, causing broken bones and crush injuries. Compound fractures may also be sustained in impact accidents such as road traffic accidents, sporting accidents and falls from height.

Incorrect or delayed treatment of a compound fracture can also lead to complications. Examples include the onset of infections such as MRSA or the bones not knitting together properly, causing permanent weakness. Where an injury has been made worse by substandard medical treatment, a claim may be brought in medical negligence.

See also:

Cycling accident claims

Work injury claims

Road traffic accident claims

Medical negligence claims

The impact of compound fracture injuries

Compound fractures can result in permanent, disabling injuries such as:

  • Scarring from surgical intervention
  • Reduced mobility in the affected area
  • Difficulty holding objects or operating machinery depending on the site of the injury
  • Increased risk of developing arthritis in the future

As an initial step, an injury lawyer will arrange for an independent medical examination to assess the extent and severity of the injuries and their likely future impact. This medical report, and the solicitor's assessment, will form the basis of a compensation claim.

What happened?

The claims process for a compound fracture injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee compound fracture injury compensation claims

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Source: (reviewed: 11/12/2023)

Chris Salmon, Director

Chris Salmon, Director