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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 compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

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    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.

    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.

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    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 2023 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.

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    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 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.

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    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.

    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

    Claiming compensation for psychological injuries

    Psychiatric harm is less obvious than physical injury, but the consequences can be just as difficult to deal with.

    According to our 2023 Personal Injury Claimant Survey shows that 29.03% of potential claimants sustained a psychological injury, 70.97% of which related to a physical injury.

    Compound fractures can lead to phobia and anxiety about the injury's severity and future physical capabilities, basiphobia (fear of falling), or PTSD.

    Psychiatric harm is less obvious than physical injury, but the consequences can be just as difficult to deal with.

    Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

    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:

    Slip, trip and fall injury claims

    Cycling accident claims

    Sports injury claims

    Playground accident claims

    Road traffic accident claims

    Medical negligence claims

    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.

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    No win, no fee compound fracture injury compensation claims

    With no win, no fee, you can claim compound fracture 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.

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