A Guide To A No Win No Fee Claim For A Broken Arm
With the right personal injury solicitor, it’s possible to win significant compensation in a claim for a broken arm. And in this article, we’ll look at an example case study of a £50,000 compensation award for a broken arm injury.
Our panel of personal injury lawyers help many people claim for a broken arm in accidents at work, road traffic accidents or in public liability claims and they can help you too.
If negligence can be proved as the cause of your arm fracture, you may be due a sizable payout. Call our No Win No Fee experts today on 0800 408 7827 or speak now to our live support team for free, no-obligation advice about your claim for a broken arm.
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- A Guide To Arm Fracture Compensation Claims
- What Is A Fracture Of The Humerus?
- Different Forms Of Financial Loss From Arm Injuries
- Adding Care Claims To The Final Settlement
- How Solicitors Calculate Compensation Estimates
- £50,000 For A Broken Arm: A Case Study
- Free Compensation Estimates For Claimants
- Fracture Claims No Win No Fee
- How To Find Quality Personal Injury Solicitors For Broken Arm Claims
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- Further Information
A personal injury claim can be sought if you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault, either at work, in the street or anywhere that has an obligation to look after your safety. This can mean whilst out shopping, in a restaurant, a council park or whilst using the roads. We will examine a typical case study, which is a fictitious representation of the type of accidents our experts handle and see how a claim works from beginning to end.
Our employers, other road users and those in control of public spaces owe us a duty of care to keep us safe so far as reasonably possible. A breach of this duty means that those responsible have failed in their legal requirement to ensure the highest levels of due care and diligence and that this directly resulted in the personal injury that you’ve suffered.
We’ll look at how you can establish this liability and what information you will need to prove it. We’ll examine how you can use the right method of compensation calculation to estimate the potential payout due to you when using a No Win No Fee solicitor.
Finally, we’ll show you where and how to search for the best personal injury lawyer to handle your claim for a broken arm and how you can take advantage of our service to launch your claim today.
The humerus is the long bone in the arm that runs from the shoulder to the elbow and is crucial in all movement. An arm fracture in this area is very painful and inconvenient and will impact every aspect of your daily routine, irrespective of which side you consider your ‘dominant’ side.
Normally, a broken arm requires a rehabilitation period of 6-8 weeks, the wearing of a cast and physiotherapy afterwards. The NHS website offers lots of specific information on the different types of broken arm injuries that happen. You can read it by clicking here.
When making a compensation claim for an arm fracture, our panel of personal injury lawyers can help you pursue proceedings against three potentially liable groups who may have breached their duty of care and caused your accident. They are:
- Your employer, who has a duty of care under the Health and Safety At Work etc. Act 1974 which clearly outlines their responsibility to provide as safe a work environment for you as is possible.
- Those in control of public places, either the council or private companies are bound by similar obligations under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 to create and maintain safe areas.
- Road users owe each other and pedestrians a duty of care in accordance with the Highway Code. It’s important to note here that these laws apply irrespective of age or experience of drivers. They even go as far as to require everyone who uses British roads to anticipate that others may not show due care, diligence or requisite standard of skill in the avoidance of accidents.
Special damages are a form of compensation that can be awarded for a variety of financial consequences that have resulted from your accident. For example, with a claim for a broken arm, special damages would first take into account your loss of earnings from being absent or unable to work. With a broken arm, it’s probable that you would need the help of a carer to attend to basic domestic requirements such as cooking, washing, dressing and cleaning. This could be a relative or someone you hire.
These care costs can be formidable. Likewise, travel costs to see doctors or specialists are claimable as are the costs of painkiller medications or any medical equipment and modifications needed to help you function as best you can.
Special damages cover all these expenses and are awarded in addition to general damages.
Although there may be family and friends who can help look after you as your arm heals, it’s not always the case. If they cannot miss work to assist, it might be necessary for you to hire a professional carer to help with the myriad tasks now rendered awkward and painful by your injury.
Basic domestic requirements such as shopping, washing, cooking, getting dressed and cleaning can be an ordeal to attempt in your condition. It’s important to remember that the healing time can run into months. A No Win No Fee lawyer can advise you as to the special damages potential of your claim for broken arm compensation. Simply get in touch with our team to find out more.
The starting point for a successful claim for broken arm injury payouts is a medical assessment, which will take place as part of your claim. This is your opportunity to have a medical professional confirm that the injuries you suffered were a result of your accident and not a pre-existing medical condition. This is crucial to your compensation award. An assessment will also provide you with information about your long term recovery and any potential future health issues.
There are two types or ‘heads’ of claim your No Win No Fee lawyer will seek for you:
- General damages – This is a monetary figure which lists anticipated compensation payouts for all the main types of injury. For a seriously broken upper arm, the Judicial College Guidelines, which lawyers use to help value cases, have set payout parameters of between £6,190 up to £122,860, depending on the severity
- Special damages – as mentioned, potential and actual loss of earnings, costs of carers, medications and travel expenses all have a quantifiable impact which can be claimed for under special damages.
Tracey originally thought her accident was just bad luck. She was waiting for the lights to change so that she could cross a busy road and without thinking, she stretched her arm out to look at her watch. At that exact moment, the driver of a large van decided to ‘jump’ the lights and speed past, slightly mounting the pavement to steer around another car in front.
The side-view mirror of the van caught Tracey’s forearm and hand with a very significant impact, knocking her a meter or so before she fell to the pavement. It was clear at the accident scene that the collision had broken her arm in several places and the broken humerus had pierced the skin, exiting the body in a very unpleasant injury.
Police statements established that the driver had jumped the lights, was speeding and had slightly mounted the pavement in order to accelerate past another road user. Tracey had several witnesses at the scene who were more than willing to provide statements to this effect.
It transpired that the driver also had inadequate car insurance. As she received treatment and began the long healing process, Tracey sadly concluded that there was no clear path to justice or compensation for this accident.
That changed after she spoke to a No Win No Fee solicitor who explained to her that damages could be sought through the Motor Insurance Bureau who pay compensation to victims and then seek redress from the driver. After discussing her case further, it became clear that Tracey had a very strong case for significant compensation for his reckless driving.
After a relatively short period of time, Tracey’s case was settled by the Motor Insurance Bureau who conceded the driver’s complete liability in the accident and she was successfully awarded a payout of just over £50,000. Tracey was able to use this money to rest properly, heal from her injuries and pay for the care she needed whilst unable to look after herself.
A breakdown of Tracey’s claim shows what is possible to be awarded:
|General damages||Special damages|
|Tracey was awarded £39,200 in general damages to account for the physical pain, the psychological suffering and the impact the injuries had on her life. It also accounted for residual scarring on her arm.||Loss of earnings for three months, and attendance bonus - £5,500|
|Travel expenses to Doctors/general mobility through being unable to drive - £500|
|Carer's costs for three months - £4,800|
The case of Tracey is purely an example based on our past experiences of handling and valuing claims and serves to illustrate how easily accidents can happen. More importantly, it shows how consulting a No Win No Fee lawyer can allow you to access justice and compensation you previously didn’t know about.
Websites that offer an instant figure with personal injury compensation calculators often overlook crucial details about your case. As a result, they can produce misleading results.
It’s advisable to speak to a No Win No Fee solicitor in person as they can ask the right questions to maximize your payout. You may be due more than the calculator estimates, so speak to our panel of experts today on the number at the top of this page or online via our live chat feature.
There are many benefits to using our No Win No Fee service, such as:
- No fees to pay upfront
- Nothing to pay while the claim is on-going
- If the claim fails, you won’t have to pay any of your lawyer’s fees.
- If the claim succeeds, your lawyer will deduct a small success fee, which is capped by law and deductible only after damages have been paid
- Peace of mind knowing a specialist lawyer is working for your best interests
- Our panel of personal injury lawyers have in-depth legal knowledge of the legal system, allowing you to obtain the best results
Our panel of experts can show you how to take advantage of the best free, no-obligation, legal advice. Contact our team today to find out more. You can also speak to our ‘live support’ team who are available 24/7 to discuss the best way for you to claim damages for your broken arm, whether it was at work, in a public place or as the victim of a road traffic accident.
Thanks to the internet, the exact location of a personal injury lawyer is no longer relevant. You can access the most skilled and experienced lawyers today, simply by getting in touch with us. Google searches can throw up thousands of results for No Win No Fee services and promises to calculate compensation on the spot, so it’s important to consider the following in your search for the right one:
- How much were they awarded?
- How quickly did it take for the lawyers to settle the case?
- Was the communication good?
- Are they a successful company? Do they win compensation regularly?
The answer to these questions will narrow the search for a good personal injury lawyer. However, we can take all of the stress and time out of that process. All you have to do is get in touch and speak to our team.
- Call us on 0800 408 7827
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- Or send us a message using our live chat feature, bottom right.
Thank you for reading our guide to making a compensation claim for a broken leg injury. We hope that you’ve found it useful and it has helped in your decision to seek damages for your accident. For further reading, please see below:
Guide by JE
Edited by REB