By Lewis Presley. Last Updated 16th November 2022. Have you fractured your ulna or radius in an accident? Did this accident happen as a result of someone breaching their duty of care to you? If so, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Our broken radius compensation calculator can give you a reliable estimate of the amount of compensation you could receive.
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This guide will answer important questions, such as:
- What happens if you break your radius?
- How serious is a broken radius?
- How do you know if your radius is broken?
- What are the different types of fractures that could cause a broken radius and ulna?
- What scenarios could lead you to potentially receive broken distal radius compensation?
- How long does it take for a distal radius fracture to heal?
- How can our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors help you receive compensation?
Our advisors offer free legal advice 24/7 so, if you have any questions about the claims process or want to see if you’re eligible to make a claim, please call them on 0800 408 7826. Alternatively, please read on to find out more about how our compensation payout calculator could help you.
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A broken wrist or a broken radius in your arm can affect your quality of life. In some cases, you may be unable to work until it’s fully healed.
Broken bones, such as a broken wrist, can also lead to complications. For example, you may have also damaged your carpal bones, which are the bones in your hand. If the injury does not fully heal, then this could permanently restrict the range of motion in your wrist.
This is why you may want to use our personal injury calculator; to see how much your injury could be worth. To use it, all you need to input is:
- The type of injury you’ve suffered
- How the injury occurred
- Financial losses, if any, you’re looking to claim due to the injury.
It can provide you with an accurate estimate in just a few minutes. If you prefer, you can speak to one of our knowledgeable, experienced advisors over the phone. They provide free legal advice and can even give you a compensation estimate. Simply call them using the phone number at the top of this page.
Your wrist joint is where your two forearm bones, the radius and ulna, connect with the carpal bones in your hand. According to NHS guidance, signs of a broken radius can include:
- Bruising and swelling
- Immediate pain
- Further pain upon attempting to put pressure on or use the wrist.
You can also sustain different types of fractures when you break the radius bone in your wrist. Examples of these include:
- Extra-articular, nondisplaced fracture – a fracture running through the bone but does not extend to the joint. The bone remains in place so it can heal without surgery.
- Intra-articular, nondisplaced fracture – a fracture that crosses the joint surface but has remained in place.
- Extra-articular displaced fracture – a fracture causing displacement of the bone, meaning you will require surgery to put it back in place. However, the break has not extended to the joint.
- Intra-articular, displaced fracture – a fracture that crosses the joint surface and requires surgery to fix.
You may be wondering, “What caused a radius fracture?” This kind of fracture can occur in instances such as falling on your arm, your arm being hit by blunt force or something falling onto it. The next section will look at how it could be treated.
How is a Broken Radius treated?
A distal radius fracture is one where the wrist end of the radius is broken. That end of the radius bone is called the distal end. A Colles’ fracture is a kind of distal radius fracture where the broken part of the radius tilts upwards.
Upon entering the hospital, a medical professional will perform an X-ray to assess the relevant treatment options. In some cases, you will not require surgery. This kind of injury also often won’t require an external fixator which may be used to treat a broken leg.
Instead, a splint or cast will be placed on the arm as the bone heals. This ensures that the bones are kept in position and don’t heal out of place.
Other treatment options include:
- Surgery to realign the bone. This involves pins and plates being inserted into the bone.
- Closed reduction. This is a procedure that involves reducing a broken bone without cutting the skin open. It will often involve a doctor using their hands to manipulate the bone back into position, and you should be given painkillers while this occurs.
Broken bones tend to take six to eight weeks to heal. However, the healing process can still take longer based on the extent and severity of the injury.
You should always seek medical attention if you think you have broken a bone. If your bones begin to heal while they aren’t in position, this could cause issues like an increased likelihood of arthritis later in life.
If you’d like to see how much broken distal radius compensation you could receive, use our broken radius compensation calculator today on our website. It can give you a reliable compensation estimate in just a few clicks.
Regardless of whether you have a broken radius and ulna or a broken back, when you’re making a personal injury claim, there are two potential heads of claim. These are called general and special damages.
General damages relate to the physical and psychological pain caused by the injury, as well as the general decline in your quality of life. Special damages, meanwhile, relate to financial losses caused by the injury. This means you could claim things like:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs
- Recreational events that you can no longer attend.
Just because you receive compensation for general damages doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll also be successful in claiming special damages compensation, however. For example, if you fail to provide sufficient evidence as to the losses you have incurred, you will find it difficult to claim back special damages.
For free legal advice 24/7, please speak to one of our advisors using the phone number at the top of this page. Otherwise, read on for more information about how you could sustain this kind of injury.
In order to receive compensation, you must be able to prove that a breach of duty of care caused the accident in which you were injured. There are a number of scenarios in which you’re owed a duty of care, including at work, on the road and while in public.
If the person who owes you this duty of care breaches it and you get injured because of this, you could successfully claim compensation. For example, if you’ve suffered a Colles fracture that was caused by third party negligence, you may be able to claim.
Please read on for more information about the kinds of accidents that could cause this type of injury.
Falling Onto An Outstretched Arm
People in control of public places have a duty of care to every person that uses that space. This is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. The person in control (the “occupier”) needs to take reasonable steps to secure the safety of the general public using their facilities.
If you feel you’ve been injured due to the negligence of the occupier of a public place, you may be able to claim. Examples of such negligence include:
- Wrist fractures caused by falling downstairs due to a faulty handrail.
- Suffering multiple injuries, such as a broken wrist, a broken leg and a broken foot because an unsecured shelving unit fell on top of you.
- Slipping on a wet floor due to no warning signs being present. This could result in a broken radius bone in your wrist, leading you to use our broken radius compensation calculator.
You could be looking for broken ulna and radius compensation due to being involved in a road traffic accident. Road users across the UK all have a duty of care to one another in the Highway Code.
The Highway Code establishes and outlines safe conduct that every road user needs to adhere to. If you’ve suffered an extra-articular, nondisplaced fracture due to a car accident, for instance, you may be able to claim if another road user breached their duty of care. Examples of road negligence include:
- Another car driving past a red light and colliding with your vehicle, causing you to suffer from a broken radius in your arm.
- A road traffic accident occurring due to a lorry driver not checking their mirrors. This could result in them driving into your lane and slamming into your vehicle. Injuries caused in this instance could include an intra-articular, nondisplaced fracture or a brain injury.
- You may need a splint or a cast because a motorcyclist collided with your vehicle after it turned into a roundabout at the wrong time. A collision like this could cause multiple different types of fractures.
You can experience negligence on the road regardless of what kind of vehicle you’re using. Riding a bicycle comes with many potential issues. Because they aren’t offered the protection that a car or other kind of vehicle provides, cyclists are often referred to as vulnerable road users.
If you feel like a car collided with you through no fault of your own, sustaining injuries such as an extra-articular, displaced fracture as a result, you may be able to claim. Examples of negligence include:
- A driver opening a car door without looking at the road. This could result in you slamming into it, leading you to use a personal injury calculator.
- A car swerving into you due to the driver not paying attention to the road markings, causing an extra-articular, displaced fracture.
- Suffering from a broken radius or a talus fracture because a car collides with you after attempting to turn into another lane without indicating.
You may also want to use a broken radius compensation calculator due to being injured while on your motorbike. If a car driver caused the injury and you don’t think you were liable for the accident, you may be able to claim. Examples of this type of negligence include:
- Suffering an intra-articular, displaced fracture due to a drunk driver’s vehicle colliding with yours after they lost control of it.
- A car driver not checking their mirrors as they are reversing out of a parking space. This could cause them to slam into you.
- A wrist fracture occurring because you fall off your motorbike due to a poorly maintained road surface
If your injuries are worth less than £5,000, you will need to claim through a different method. This is outlined in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. However, before you decide to do this, please get in touch with our advisors for free legal advice. They can evaluate the worth of your injuries to see if they’re worth more than you think.
The Department for Transport provides road traffic accident statistics for Great Britain. As you can see, in 2020, there were over 64,000 people who suffered an injury while driving or whilst in a car. In the same year, 16,230 cyclists, 14,717 pedestrians, and 13,570 motorcyclists were injured while on the road. It is important to note that these figures are for accidents involving casualties overall and not ones resulting from negligence.
If you’ve suffered an injury on the road for an accident you weren’t at fault for, you have every right to see if you can claim. Use our broken radius compensation calculator to see how much compensation you could receive or, if you prefer, call our advisors using the phone number above for free legal advice.
Claiming for broken distal radius compensation can involve claiming special damages, which are financial losses suffered due to the injury. Care costs can be a part of this.
These costs relate to the expenditure regarding the recovery process and the practical implications the injury has had on your life. You will need to have evidence to show the value of these losses for your special damages claim to be successful. Examples of care costs include:
- Prescriptions or medicine
- Gracious care, for example, a loved one driving you to your appointments or taking time off work to look after you.
- Private healthcare, such as physiotherapy classes for more complex arm injuries. You can only claim for treatment that you need but that you cannot get for free on the NHS.
Our broken radius compensation calculator provides you with a reliable compensation estimate for what you could receive. It also provides a compensation breakdown, meaning that you’ll have a greater understanding of how much your injury could be worth.
We’re able to provide an estimate because of guidelines released by the Judicial College. They analyse previous general damages payouts concerning both the type of injury and its severity. In doing this, they are able to provide guideline compensation brackets for many different types of injuries. This means that our calculator is as accurate as possible.
General damages relate to both the physical and psychological damage caused by the injury. For instance, if you suffer a facial scar due to an accident, the damage done to your mental health will also be considered when calculating the potential compensation.
To value the general damages head of your claim, you will usually be invited to a medical assessment. Here, an independent expert will speak with you about how your injuries have affected you and assess how severe they are and how long they expect a recovery to take. This will be compiled in a report, which can be used alongside the Judicial College Guidelines to help value your claim.
Special damages, on the other hand, relates to the financial losses suffered due to your injuries. For instance, you may be able to claim for loss of earnings for the time taken off work or for travel costs if you struggle with driving after a broken wrist in the UK. You’ll need to provide evidence to show the values of the losses. Evidence could include:
- Bank statements
This section focuses on what general damages you might receive following a broken ulna and radius. To do this, we have taken compensation amounts from the 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to create the table below.
Legal professionals use the JCG to value personal injury claims. The amounts featured relate to a broken radius or any psychological injuries that may occur as a result of your accident. Please note that the figures below are only intended to be used as guidelines.
|Wrist Injuries (a)||£47,620 to £59,860||The wrist completely loses function.|
|Wrist Injuries (b)||£24,500 to £39,170||Some useful movement remains.|
|Wrist Injuries (c)||£12,590 to £24,500||Injuries are not as significant but the disability is likely to remain.|
|Wrist Injuries (d)||£6,080 to £10,350||A recovery is expected to take longer than 12 months.|
|Wrist Injuries (e)||In the region of £7,430||A Colles' fracture that is uncomplicated.|
|Wrist Injuries (f)||£3,530 to £4,740||Any fractures are minor.|
|Other Arm Injuries (c)||£19,200 to £39,170||A substantial degree of recovery is expected.|
|Other Arm Injuries (d)||£6,610 to £19,200||The forearm may have simple fractures.|
|Moderate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||£8,180 to £23,150||Any ongoing effects are not major.|
|Less Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||£3,950 to £8,180||A recovery will have been made by two years.|
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You may have heard the phrase “No Win No Fee” before. But what exactly does it mean in relation to funding a personal injury claim?
A No Win No Fee agreement means you will only pay your solicitor under certain circumstances. A No Win No Fee agreement means that:
- Your personal injury solicitor will not ask for legal fees from you, either upfront or during the claims process.
- Your personal injury solicitor will also not request you to pay legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.
- Instead, they will take a small, legally capped portion of your compensation upon your claim being successful.
If you would like to know more about how a No Win No Fee agreement works, get in touch with our team today. If one of our advisors feel that your claim has a good chance of success, they may be able to connect you with one of the lawyers from our panel.
Use our personal injury calculator for a reliable compensation estimate in just a few minutes. Or, if you prefer, our advisors offer free legal advice 24/7 and can help you with any questions or queries about the claims process you may have. Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors could help you gain thousands of pounds in compensation.
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Don’t worry if you don’t want to use our personal injury calculator to get an estimate. Our advisors offer free legal advice 24/7, can let you know if you’re eligible and can even provide you with a reliable estimate. Don’t delay, call them today!
For more useful information, please use the links below.
Have you broken a bone? If so, use this NHS webpage for more information on how they can help.
More information about how a fractured wrist is treated can be found here.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides information about work-related injuries. To know more about how to avoid slips and trips, click here.
Are you suffering from a broken thumb caused by a breach of duty of care? If so, click on our website to see if you can claim.
For more on how to claim after a broken wrist injury at work, click here.
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For answers to frequently asked questions about wrist fractures, see below.
Am I eligible to claim compensation?
If you’ve been injured due to third party negligence caused by them breaching their duty of care, you may be able to claim.
Could I claim damages from the other party?
You can claim general and special damages from the third party in a successful compensation claim. General damages will compensate you for your injury, and special damages will cover you for any financial loss that your injury has caused.
How long do claims take?
This can vary. Simple claims where liability has been admitted could be resolved within a few months, whereas more complex claims where liability is disputed could take much longer.
Who could claim if a child has been injured?
You can claim a child, but you would need to become their litigation friend. The court can appoint you upon successful application. You could be a family member or a family friend. To know more about how much you could claim, use our broken radius compensation calculator today.
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