How To Calculate Compensation For A Broken Collarbone
If you’ve suffered a clavicle fracture, often referred to as a collarbone fracture, due to an incident that you weren’t liable for, you may be able to claim compensation. You can do this by making a personal injury claim. If your claim is successful, you could receive thousands of pounds in compensation. Our collarbone fracture compensation calculator can help by giving you a compensation estimate for the payout you could receive from a successful claim.
This guide will answer important questions, such as:
- What is a fractured clavicle?
- What is clavicle fracture treatment?
- How long does it take for a clavicle fracture to heal?
- How do you prevent a broken collarbone?
- What is the fastest way to heal a broken collarbone?
- How do you diagnose a broken clavicle?
- What are clavicle fracture exercises?
- What are the kind of things you can claim for when making a claim?
- How can your panel of No Win No Fee solicitors help me?
Our advisors offer free legal advice 24/7, so if you have any questions or queries about whether you’re able to make a claim, give them a call on 0800 408 7826. Alternatively, to find out more about how to use our personal injury calculator, please read on.
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- A Guide On Using A Collarbone Fracture Compensation Calculator
- What Is A Collarbone Fracture?
- What Could Accident Victims Be Compensated For?
- Causes Of Collarbone Fractures
- Birth Injury Statistics
- Costs Of Care In Personal Injury Claims
- How Do I Calculate My Collarbone Fracture Compensation Amount?
- How Is Broken Bone Compensation Calculated?
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- Questions People Ask About Collarbone Fractures
A broken clavicle is often caused by a direct blow to the shoulder, but this can happen for many different reasons. Clavicle fracture symptoms can make the injury a very debilitating and difficult one to deal with due to how it affects your mobility. This is why you may want to see if you can claim for a broken collarbone. If you weren’t liable for the incident that led to the injury, you might be able to claim.
Our compensation payout calculator can give you a greater understanding of what you can claim and how much you could receive. All you need to do is input:
- The type of injury you’ve suffered
- How it occurred
- The financial losses, if any, you wish to claim for.
Once it has this information, our collarbone fracture compensation calculator could give you an estimate in just a matter of minutes. If you prefer to speak to one of our advisors, you can call them for free legal advice using the phone number at the top of this page.
This section will clarify “what is a fractured clavicle?” A collarbone fracture involves one of the slender, long bones that run from the shoulder to the breastbone breaking. This leads to questions such as “why is the clavicle a bone that can easily fracture?” It’s partly due to its positioning. In linking the breastbone to the shoulder, it’s arguably more exposed than your shoulder bone and often takes a large amount of pressure if you fall onto that area of your body. This is why it can be broken with a direct blow to the shoulder.
You may also be wondering “how do clavicle fractures heal?” and “how long does it take for a clavicle fracture to heal?” According to NHS guidance, clavicle fracture symptoms include:
- Tenderness or swelling around the injury
- Pins and needles or numbness if there is nerve damage
- A snapping or grinding noise when the injury occurs
Once you’ve suffered the injury, your doctor will provide pain medication and confirm the type of injury you’ve suffered by performing an X-ray. This is the main way they diagnose the injury, answering the question, “How do you diagnose a broken clavicle?” The next section will clarify how to treat a clavicle fracture.
How a clavicle fracture is treated
You may be wondering, “what is the fastest way to heal a broken collarbone?” In most instances, your doctor will provide you with a sling to help support your arm through the healing process. In a standard case, your injury should be fully healed within six to twelve weeks.
Surgery will only be required if the break is particularly severe, such as if the bone is breaking through the skin. If surgery is required, the healing process may take longer.
Concerning “how do clavicle fractures heal?”, clavicle fracture treatment often involves practical input to help with the healing process. This can dictate how long clavicle fracture healing takes. To help with this, the NHS recommends that you perform clavicle fracture exercises. Such exercises include:
- Forearm rotations
- Finger and wrist flexion and extension
- Shoulder pendular exercises
These exercises are important regarding treating a clavicle fracture because they can help eliminate stiffness in your shoulder caused by wearing the sling. Always refer to your doctor for medical advice or to confirm the length of your recovery time.
As with any personal injury claim, if you’re looking to pursue compensation for a clavicle fracture, there are two potential heads of claim that can make up your overall payout.
First, general damages related to the physical and psychological pain and suffering caused by the injury and the decline in your quality of life. Meanwhile, special damages relate to the financial losses caused by the injury. As such, you may be able to claim for things like:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- The cost of recreational activities that you’re now unable to attend.
One thing to bear in mind, however: if you receive compensation for general damages, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll receive compensation for special damages. This is because both are calculated independently based on the evidence provided.
Our collarbone fracture compensation calculator can help clarify the amount of compensation you could receive from a successful claim. If you prefer, call one of our advisors for free legal advice using the phone number at the top of this page.
Making a successful personal injury claim regarding a broken clavicle involves showing that a third party had a duty of care to you and your injury was caused by them breaching this.
The duty of care shows that they had a legal responsibility to you, and so you could argue that the breaking of this shows negligence on their part. It’s due to negligence that you may be able to claim and, if you’re able to successfully show that they were negligent, you could receive compensation.
This section highlights different scenarios to give you a better understanding of your own situation.
Workplace Injuries In Farming, Forestry And Agriculture
Your employer has a duty of care to every employee while they are working. This is explained in greater detail in The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The employer’s duty of care revolves around ensuring that the workplace is safe and secure enough for you to do your job.
Working in farming, forestry and agriculture can lead to serious injuries, partly due to the manual handling often involved. The severity of the injury can often dictate how long the healing process can take, but if you feel the injury was due to employer negligence, get in touch to see if you have a claim.
Examples of negligence that can result in an accident at work include:
- Falling due to using a faulty ladder. This could lead to a broken collarbone.
- A malfunctioning machine or tool, such as a tractor or a combine harvester, could lead to you suffering multiple injuries, including a broken back and a rib fracture, as well as a clavicle fracture.
- Unsafe equipment being used, such as damaged climbing support. This could result in you falling and suffering a work injury, resulting in you wanting to use a compensation payout calculator.
Falling Onto An Outstretched Arm
The controller of a public place also has a duty of care to every member of the public that uses their facilities. Their duty of care revolves around making sure, within reason, that the place is safe and secure enough to be used by members of the public for its intended purpose. This is outlined in greater detail in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
Potential negligence in this regard would be if there were, for example, a health and safety issue that resulted in you injuring yourself. Other examples include:
- Falling downstairs due to a faulty handrail. This could result in you using a personal injury calculator.
- Slipping and falling on a wet floor due to there being no warning signs.
- Exposed wiring leading you to slip and injure yourself. This could result in you requiring clavicle fracture treatment.
Every road user in the UK has a duty of care to one another, as outlined in the Highway Code. Basically, every road user needs to follow the relevant rules established in the Code. Negligent or reckless driving is classified as any action that breaches or breaks them. This is because reckless driving could lead to a road traffic accident.
Examples of negligence like this include:
- A drunk driver swerving into your vehicle due to being unable to sufficiently control it. This could result in you suffering multiple injuries, such as a collarbone fracture and a fractured pelvis.
- Another driver going above the speed limit and running through a red light. This could result in a multi-car pile-up.
- A driver could turn into your lane on the motorway at the wrong time, leading to a car accident.
Pedestrians Struck By A Vehicle
As a pedestrian, there are still rules from the Highway Code that you need to adhere to, as with every road user. You still need to be sensible and responsible when using the road.
Pedestrians can be seriously injured when involved in a road traffic accident as it can lead to them colliding with a vehicle. Negligence would be involved here if you’re able to prove that the driver of the vehicle in question was breaking the law, which resulted in the collision.
Examples of this kind of negligence include:
- A vehicle colliding with you as you’re using a zebra crossing.
- A driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs swerving onto the pavement, causing you to be injured.
- You could also be a passenger in a car. As such, if you’re struck by a vehicle, you can still potentially claim. This could result in you using a collarbone fracture compensation calculator.
As a motorcyclist, you can also be very exposed to the dangers of the road. Often the impact of other vehicles can cause you to be flung from your motorcycle, causing serious bodily harm and resulting in a decline in your quality of life that could last months or years. Examples of negligence that you could suffer as a motorcyclist include:
- Vehicles swerving into you due to drivers not sufficiently checking their mirrors. This could lead to you suffering a collarbone fracture which could result in you wanting to claim for the pain and suffering caused.
- A vehicle ramming your bike as the person driving behind you is going above the speed limit.
- Another driver turning at a roundabout at the wrong time, causing you to collide with their vehicle. This could result in you wanting to use a personal injury calculator.
Another thing to bear in mind with road traffic accident claims: if your injuries come to less than £5,000, you will need to claim through a different method. This is outlined in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. However, give us a call for free legal advice before deciding to claim through this method. Your injuries may be worth more than you think.
Birth Injuries Caused By Medical Negligence
You can claim for medical negligence successfully if you’re able to prove that medical professionals did not conduct themselves to the standards required of them.
Your rights concerning the NHS are outlined in greater detail in The NHS Constitution for England. Basically, if you feel like the medical professionals involved in your child’s birth, for example, did not match the standards required, you may be able to claim.
Examples of medical negligence include:
- Mishandling of your baby as it’s being delivered. This could result in injuries that were completely avoidable.
- Inefficient or ineffective use of tools when giving birth. This could put extra strain and pressure on the baby.
- Mistreatment of the baby once medical professionals begin caring for it. As such, your baby could suffer injuries after birth.
The NHS provides statistics about birth injuries. You may be wondering, “why is the clavicle a bone that can easily fracture” and “how does this relate to issues at birth?” An issue at birth that can sometimes happen involves a baby’s shoulder is stuck. This puts more pressure on their shoulder and, as such, can cause a clavicle fracture.
The bones of a newborn are often weaker, so the medical professionals tending to the birth must be careful not to cause unnecessary injury. A broken collarbone is one of the most common birthing injuries due to this.
This injury would be classed as a delivery complication. As you can see above, using the latest birth statistics supplied by the NHS, in 2018/19, there was an increase in delivery complications and a decrease in total deliveries. This could be due to the detection process becoming more nuanced and detailed. It could also indicate an increase in the complexity of births.
As such, if you feel your baby has been injured due to negligence, you have every right to see if you can claim. Use our compensation calculator today or, if you prefer, call one of our advisors for free legal advice using the phone number at the top of this page.
As part of claiming for special damages, you may be able to claim for care costs. They relate to the practical implications of having suffered the injury and the costs that come with it. You will need evidence to show the losses you’re looking to claim. Things you may be able to claim include:
- Travel costs
- Costs of gracious care, which involves a loved one needing to take time off work due to you being unable to drive.
A compensation payout calculator can give you a reliable breakdown of the amount you could receive from a successful claim. It can provide you with a greater awareness of what you could claim for and a better idea of how much your injury could be worth in just a few minutes.
Information provided by the Judicial College helps us in this regard. They analyse previous payouts based on the type of injury and its relative severity. This has allowed them to build accurate compensation brackets for general damages. We use these brackets to make sure our calculator is as accurate as possible.
Compensation calculations can include general damages and special damages. The latter relates to the financial losses you’ve suffered due to the injury. To potentially receive special damages compensation, you need to supply evidence to highlight the losses you’re claiming. Evidence in this regard involves supplying:
- Bank statements
General damages are calculated with the help of medical evidence. As part of a claim, your lawyer would ask that you attend a medical assessment with an independent expert. They’ll examine you, determine the extent of the fracture, how long it would take to heal, and assess whether there will be any ongoing issues.
The expert will compile their findings into a medical report which will be used to prove the accident caused your injury, as well as enabling your solicitor to determine how much those injuries could be worth.
Our collarbone fracture compensation calculator is quick, simple and easy to use! You can have a compensation estimate in just a few minutes.
Below is a list of injuries and their respective general damages compensation brackets. The Judicial College supplied these figures.
Area of Injury Amount of Compensation Description
Clavicle £4,830 to £11,490 Clavicle fracture - the amount of compensation awarded will depend on the extent of the fracture, the residual symptoms, the disability level and whether the effects of it are temporary or permanent.
Shoulder £11,980 to £18,020 Injuries in this bracket include damage to the lower brachial plexus and shoulder dislocation.
Shoulder £7,410 to £11,980 Injuries in this bracket include frozen shoulder causing pain and limited movement for around two years.
Arm £36,770 to £56,180 Significant fractures to one or both forearms where there is serious disability as a result, whether it's cosmetic or functional.
Arm £18,020 to £36,770 There have still been significant disabilities, a large degree of recovery is expected.
Arm £6,190 to £18,020 Uncomplicated forearm fractures with no disabilities or other complications as a result.
Elbow £36,770 to £51,460 An incredibly disabling injury.
Elbow £14,690 to £30,050 Injuries that result in impairment of function but that don't require significant surgery.
Elbow Up to £11,820 The majority of elbow injuries fall into this category, such as tennis elbow, frozen elbow and other lacerations.
Wrist Rarely exceed £9,620 When recovery from injuries such as fractures take longer than expected.
We completely understand if you’d like an estimate that relates to your injury. So that we can provide this for you, please get in touch! Speak to our advisors for free legal advice so we can see if you’re eligible to make a claim. You can do this by calling the phone number at the top of this page.
Our panel of solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis. However, you may be wondering what exactly this means. It means that:
- Your personal injury solicitor will not request legal fees at any point during the claims process.
- Instead, they will take a legally capped portion from your compensation if your claim is successful.
- Your personal injury solicitor will not request legal fees from you if your claim is unsuccessful.
Our personal injury calculator can provide you with a reliable compensation estimate in just a few minutes. If you prefer, our advisors offer free legal advice and can help you with any questions or queries you may have about the claims process. Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could help you receive thousands of pounds in compensation.
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For more useful information, please see the links below.
To learn more about clavicle fractures, read this guidance from the NHS.
The NHS Resolution Department offers more information about claiming medical negligence.
The Department for Transport offers road traffic accident statistics that you can find here.
Suffered a broken arm? If so, and you want to see if you can claim, visit our website.
If you’ve broken your forearm and want to see if you can claim, click here.
Have you suffered a scar injury from an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, click here.
For answers to frequently asked questions about a broken clavicle, see below.
How serious is a broken collarbone?
Depending on the severity of the injury, it can be serious. Particularly severe breaks could cause permanent damage to your arm or shoulder.
How painful is a broken collarbone?
The injury can be very painful. This is why, as standard practice, you’re provided with painkillers upon entering the hospital with this injury.
What is the fastest way to heal a broken collarbone?
In most instances, your doctor will provide you with a sling to support your arm during the healing process. Exercises can also help, which your doctor will inform you about upon being discharged.
How long do you have to wear a sling after a broken collarbone?
It depends on how severe the injury is but, if you’ve suffered a standard broken collarbone, you should be able to stop wearing your sling within six to twelve weeks. If you want to find out how much compensation you could receive, use our collarbone fracture compensation calculator today.
How do you prevent a broken collarbone?
Ways to prevent it include wearing protective clothing or equipment when playing sports and eating a balanced diet. For more information about this, please refer to a medical professional.
Guide by DOM
Edited by BER