Welcome to our atlas fracture compensation calculator. If you’ve suffered an atlas fracture in an accident caused by a breach of duty of care, you may be able to claim compensation. This kind of fracture may also be referred to as a C1 fracture or a Jefferson fracture.
If you can prove that a third party who was responsible for your safety was negligent, and this negligence caused your injury, you may be able to make a successful claim. Our atlas fracture compensation calculator can provide an accurate estimate of what you could receive.
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This guide answers important questions regarding the injury and the claims process, such as:
- What is an atlas fracture?
- What happens if you break your atlas?
- How is a C1 fracture treated?
- What are the different atlas fracture types?
- What is a burst fracture?
- How can our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors help you?
- What kind of things can you claim for when you’ve suffered a fractured atlas?
Our advisors offer free legal advice and are available 24/7, so if you have any questions or just want to see if you’re eligible to claim, call us today on 0800 408 7826. Alternatively, read on to learn more about how a compensation payout calculator can help you.
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A C1 vertebra fracture can cause weeks of discomfort and pain. It can also have severe medical consequences that could permanently affect your spine. If you’ve suffered an injury from an accident that was caused by third party negligence, you could receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
This is where our personal injury calculator could help. It can provide you with a reliable estimate of the compensation you could gain from making a successful claim. All you need to provide is information about:
- The nature of your injury
- How the injury occurred
- Financial losses, if any, caused by the injury.
It can provide you with an estimate in just a few minutes. If you prefer, you can speak to one of our advisors for a quick compensation estimate. They offer free legal advice and can be contacted using the phone number at the top of this page.
If you are wondering, “What is an atlas fracture?” then this section may be of interest to you. An atlas fracture is a fracture to one of your spinal vertebrae, specifically the C1, which is the vertebrae closest to your skull.
This can be referred to as a closed ring fracture and, due to the damage caused to the upper cervical spine, can result in further complications to your spinal cord. In turn, this can affect the central nervous system.
Potential atlas fracture symptoms include:
- Pain and discomfort
- A cracking noise may be heard when the injury occurs.
- Spasming pain down your legs and across your body. This can be caused by nerve damage.
- If nerves have been bruised, your legs could feel numb.
An X-ray will be performed to confirm that the injury is an atlas fracture. Your doctor may also request an atlas fracture radiograph be performed to understand the full extent of the damage.
Further complications could arise if, for example, you suffered a burst fracture. This is when a vertebra is completely crushed in all directions, which poses a risk of causing damage to the spinal cord.
There are different atlas fracture types. They include:
- First type: Anterior arch fractures
- Second type: Posterior arch fractures
- Third type: Fractures that involve both the anterior and posterior arch.
- Fourth type: Fractures involving the lateral mass
- Fifth type: Independent fractures of the C1 transverse process.
How would an atlas fracture be treated?
You may be wondering, “How is a C1 fracture treated?” As this NHS guidance states, it can be treated through several methods. They include:
- Conservative treatment – Letting the fracture heal on its own. It can be difficult to immobilise a C1 fracture in the way that, for example, doctors can place a broken leg in a cast.
- A spinal brace.
In most instances, conservative treatment is used for the injury. The medical professional who treats you should advise you as to the best course of treatment for your injury. You can also use our atlas fracture compensation calculator now to see how much compensation you could receive.
Regardless of whatever injury you’ve experienced, whether it’s a C1 fracture or a rib fracture, there are two potential heads of claim if you make a personal injury claim. These are referred to as general damages and special damages.
General damages relate to the physical and psychological damage caused by the injury, as well as any decline in your quality of life. Special damages, meanwhile, relate to the financial losses suffered due to the injury. This means you could claim for things like:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs to hospital appointments or meetings with your solicitor
- Recreational activities that you can no longer commit to, like holidays
You should bear in mind that 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 of one another based on the evidence provided.
For more information about the claims process, speak to one of our advisors for free legal advice using the phone number at the top of this screen. Otherwise, read on for more information on potential causes of an atlas fracture.
Making a successful personal injury claim revolves around proving that your injury was caused by third-party negligence. From a legal perspective, negligence relates to a third party having a duty of care, meaning that they were responsible for taking all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety.
A third party would be deemed negligent if their conduct was a breach of their duty of care. If you’re injured due to this, you could potentially claim compensation.
You may be wondering, “what could cause atlas fracture symptoms?”. This section will highlight examples of negligence from a third party that could cause these types of injuries, potentially leading you to make a successful C1 vertebra fracture claim.
Trips And Falls
An employer owes a duty of care to all of their employees while they are working. The employer needs to make sure that all employees are reasonably free from the risk of harm while performing their roles.
An employer’s duty of care is outlined in The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. So, if you’ve suffered an accident at work because of employer negligence, you may be able to claim compensation. A slip, trip or fall can cause various injuries that can affect your quality of life. Examples of injuries caused by negligence include:
- Tripping over exposed wiring. This could cause you to suffer a Jefferson fracture. This will lead to you needing an atlas fracture X-ray.
- Falling off a stepladder due to it being faulty. This could cause multiple injuries, such as upper cervical spine damage and a broken arm.
- Falling through unstable or unsafe flooring while working in construction. This could result in a closed ring fracture. In that environment, you could also suffer work-related hearing loss.
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Those in control of public places (referred to as the “occupiers”) have a duty of care to every member of the public that uses their facilities. Essentially, they need to take reasonable steps to ensure that every person can safely use the space for its intended purpose.
Their duty of care is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. So if you’ve been injured due to negligence on behalf of the occupier of a public place, you may be able to claim compensation. Examples of injuries caused by negligence might include:
- Suffering a fractured atlas bone due to falling downstairs. If this was caused by, for example, a faulty handrail, you may be able to claim. This may lead you to use an atlas fracture compensation calculator.
- A slip, trip or fall caused by a wet floor with no warning signs. This could cause a fractured atlas as well as a broken wrist.
- A foreign object, such as a mop, could be left out, obstructing a walkway. This could cause someone to fall and suffer a fractured atlas bone.
Swimming Pool Accidents
You may have suffered an injury at a swimming pool. Whether you could claim for the injury or not would depend on whether the facility owner has breached their duty of care.
If you’ve slipped on some water as you were walking alongside the pool, it doesn’t mean you’d be able to successfully claim. In some cases, simple warning signs may be an example of the occupier fulfilling their duty of care to you.
However, if you feel like their negligence caused you to suffer an injury while at the swimming pool, you may be able to claim. For instance, you may be able to claim if a loose tile caused you to trip and suffer an atlas fracture. You can use our compensation payout calculator today for a quick compensation quote or, if you prefer, call our advisors using the phone number at the top of this page.
Accidents On The Road In Cars Or Large Vehicles
Every road user in the UK has a duty of care to one another, which is set out in the Highway Code. These rules are designed to make sure that every road user is safe and secure and knows their responsibilities while using the road. The Highway Code also inherently classifies negligent driving as any conduct that isn’t described within it by defining correct conduct. Negligent driving can cause serious, life-changing injuries. If you feel like you’ve been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be able to make a successful claim. Examples of this negligence include:
- Another vehicle not indicating in good time. As such, it could turn into your lane and collide with your vehicle. This may result in you using a personal injury calculator to value how much your injuries are worth.
- A driver going above the speed limit. This could cause a rear-end collision and multiple injuries, such as nerve damage caused by C1 ring fragments or a scar injury, due to the impact of the collision.
- Another driver running through a red light. A car accident of this nature could result in you needing to go to the hospital for your injuries.
You could also seriously injure yourself due to another road user’s negligence while riding your motorbike. A motorbike crash can cause severe injuries to all drivers involved and could greatly affect your quality of life.
If you’re a motorcyclist and you’re injured due to a negligent car driver, cyclist or another motorcyclist, you may be able to make a successful claim. Examples of negligence can include:
- A drunk driver’s vehicle swerving into you, causing a motorbike crash. This could cause multiple injuries, such as an atlas fracture.
- As you’re parking, a car could crash into your motorcycle.
- Another motorcycle may not check their surroundings properly, meaning that their vehicle slams into you when they turn into another lane.
Cycling And Bicycle Accidents
Bicyclists tend not to have a lot of physical protection when using the road, meaning that a collision could have a significantly negative impact on them. This is why they’re sometimes referred to as “vulnerable road users”. Examples of negligence include:
- A car reversing and not checking their environment correctly, meaning that you get hit by it as you’re riding past. This could lead to you needing an atlas fracture radiograph.
- A driver may turn into a roundabout at the wrong time, leading to their vehicle colliding with you. You may want to use an atlas fracture compensation calculator to see how much your injuries are worth.
- Suffering an atlas fracture due to a speeding car slamming into your bike.
There’s one thing to consider with any type of road traffic accident claim: 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, before claiming through this method, please call us using the phone number at the top of this page, as your injuries may be worth more than you think.
The Department for Transport provides road traffic accident statistics for Great Britain. Their projected statistics for 2020 are the latest ones available. As you can see, most male road casualties are from the age of 25 to 59. There were also 6,317 children casualties and 13,367 young casualties. In total, there are projected to have been 71,022 male road casualties across the whole of 2020.
As these statistics illustrate, being injured from a road traffic accident could occur to people of all age ranges. You can use our atlas fracture compensation calculator to give you a compensation estimate or, if you prefer, speak to one of our advisors for free using the phone number at the top of this screen.
Special damages are the part of your compensation that relates to the financial losses caused by the injury. As part of this, you could claim for care costs. Care costs might relate to the cost of medical care that you need to recover from your injuries. You may also be able to claim care costs if you’ve been left with long-term complications following an accident that leaves you unable to cope as you did before. As such, you could claim for things like:
- Prescriptions or medicine
- Amendments to your home, such as needing a care bed or stairlift. This could be due to complications caused by the fractured atlas.
- Private healthcare to help with the recovery process if the treatment you require is not available on the NHS.
You will need financial evidence to prove the number of losses you’re looking to claim. Without proof, such as receipts or invoices, you may find it difficult to claim these costs back.
Our personal injury calculator evaluates the important aspects of your injury to calculate a compensation estimate. It also offers a clear and concise breakdown of what you could receive to better understand how much your injury could be worth.
Part of the reason we can provide you with such a reliable estimate is due to the Judicial College. They have compiled previous general damages payouts based on the type and severity of the respective injury to create guideline compensation brackets for many different injuries. We use these when providing you with a compensation quote so you can be assured that we’ll give you the most accurate quote possible.
General damages relate to the physical and psychological pain caused by the injury and the general decline in the quality of your life. Special damages relate to the financial losses caused by the injury.
Regarding special damages, you will need to provide evidence to prove the value of the losses you’ve suffered. If you’re unable to provide this evidence, you will find it difficult to claim back special damages compensation. Examples of evidence might include:
- Bank statements
Our atlas fracture compensation calculator is quick, simple and easy to use. Simply input the nature of your injury, how it occurred, and any financial losses caused, and it can give you a reliable compensation quote in just a few clicks.
Below is a list of injuries and their respective general damages compensation brackets. These guidelines come from the Judicial College.
|Area of Injury||Amount of Compensation||Description|
|Severe Back Injury (i)||£85,470 to £151,070||This bracket includes injuries that cause the most severe damage to the spine, leading to a combination of significant consequences. This will involve injuries like a significantly impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.|
|Severe Back Injury (ii)||£69,600 to £82,980||Injuries that cause nerve root damage leading to impaired mobility, impaired bowel and bladder function and significant scarring.|
|Severe Back Injury (iii)||£36,390 to £65,440||Cases of fractures of discs or disc lesions causing disabilities like agility impairment, depression, personality change due to continuing severe pain and discomfort.|
|Moderate Back Injury (i)||£26,050 to £36,390||This bracket includes various injuries like a traumatic spondylolisthesis with continued pain and a fairly likely chance that spinal fusion will be needed.|
|Moderate Back Injury (ii)||£11,730 to £26,050||Many frequent injuries that involve the spine, such as disturbance of muscles and ligaments causing backache.|
|Moderate Back Injury (iii)||£7,410 to £11,730||This bracket includes less serious injuries, like sprains, soft tissue injuries or fracture injuries where a full recovery takes place without surgery between 2 to 5 years.|
|Severe Shoulder Injuries||£18,020 to £45,070||Involves damage to the brachial plexus causing serious disability.|
|Minor Shoulder Injuries (iii)||Up to £2,300||Soft tissue injury to shoulder causing significant pain but an almost complete recovery is made within 3 months.|
|Moderate Brain Damage (iii)||£40,410 to £85,150||Cases that have affected memory and concentration where the ability to work is lowered.|
|Less Severe Brain Damage||£14,380 to £40,410||This bracket includes cases where the person will have a good recovery, will be able to return to work and be able to conduct themselves in a normal social life. However, there may not be restoration of all normal functions.|
We completely understand if you’d prefer to get a reliable estimate of your injury. This is something we can offer, so please get in touch. Our advisors are available 24/7, offer free legal advice and have years of experience working with personal injury claims. Call them today using the phone number at the top of this page for more information or to get your claim started today.
You may be wondering, “What does No Win No Fee mean?”. A No Win No Fee agreement, also referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), states that:
- Your personal injury solicitor will not ask for any legal fees upfront or during the course of the claim.
- Instead, they take a small, legally capped portion of your compensation once your claim has been successful. This will cover their costs.
- If the claim is unsuccessful, your personal injury solicitor will not request any legal fees from you at all.
The portion of your compensation that is deducted in the event of a successful claim is referred to as a “success fee”. This is legally capped and ensures that you always get the majority of the compensation that is awarded to you.
Use our compensation payout calculator now to get a reliable compensation quote in minutes. If you prefer, you can speak to one of our advisors for free legal advice at a time that suits you. Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could get you thousands of pounds in compensation.
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If you don’t want to use our personal injury calculator, don’t worry; our advisors are available 24/7 and can give you a reliable compensation estimate over the phone. They can answer any questions or queries you may have, including whether you’re eligible to make a claim. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today for further details.
If you’d like more useful information, please see below.
You can find more information about spinal fractures on the NHS website.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides UK work-related injury statistics.
The Department for Transport offers more road traffic accident statistics which you can find here.
Have you broken your back? If so, and you want to see if you can claim, click here.
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If you’d like to know answers to frequently asked questions about a fractured atlas, view below.
Can you get compensation for a fracture?
You may be able to, depending on if a third party who owed you a duty of care was at least partially responsible for the injury. You would need to be able to prove that they breached their duty of care.
Should you accept the first compensation offer?
You’re under no obligation to accept the first offer of compensation that you receive. If you have one, you should always seek guidance from your lawyer or solicitor.
Could you claim compensation on behalf of a child?
Yes. You would need to be appointed as a litigation friend for the child. You’ll then be able to claim on their behalf.
Is there a difference between a fracture and a break?
No, there’s no difference between a fracture and a break. The terms are interchangeable.
What questions might the solicitor ask me?
They will want to know more information about your injury to see if you’ll be able to make a successful claim. This includes when it happened, how it happened and the injuries you sustained.
What medical assessments will I need to go to?
As part of the claims process, you’ll be invited to an independent medical assessment to confirm that the incident in question caused your injuries. You can use our atlas fracture compensation calculator today to see how much you could claim.
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