Have you experienced an isolated ulnar fracture in an accident? Did a breach of duty of care cause the accident? If so, you may be able to claim. Our nightstick fracture compensation calculator can help you see how much compensation you could receive.
This guide will answer useful questions about the injury and the claims process. We will look at what a nightstick fracture is and where the name comes from. We’ll also examine how these kinds of injuries are treated.
Furthermore, we will look at the kinds of damages that can be available in claims of this nature. We’ll look at general and special damages and how each can be compensated. In addition to this, we’ll look at No Win No Fee agreements and how one could help you fund your claim.
Our advisors offer free legal advice and can be contacted 24/7 at a time that suits you. If you have any more questions or want to know if you’re eligible to make a claim, please call us on 0800 408 7826. Otherwise, please read on.
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Any arm injury, such as forearm fractures, can have a great impact on the quality of your life. You may be unable to drive or work for some time because of the injury. However, you can claim compensation for the impact that the injury has had on you physically, mentally and financially.
Our compensation payout calculator can give you an estimate regarding the compensation you could receive. In order to get this, all you need to input is the kind of injury you have sustained, the circumstances of the accident and any loss of earnings you’ve experienced.
You can also call our advisors for free legal advice using the phone number above. They can help with any questions you might have about the claims process.
A nightstick fracture is another term for an isolated ulna shaft fracture. The ulna is one of two arm bones that run from your wrist to your elbow, making up your forearm.
An ulna shaft fracture occurs when direct force is applied to the outer part of the forearm. Ulnar shaft fractures can either be open or closed. A closed fracture is where the skin has not been broken, and the injury is purely internal. On the other hand, an open fracture will involve the skin being broken, and you may be able to see the bone sticking out of the wound. These kinds of fractures can pose a greater risk of complications while healing, such as infections.
You may be wondering, “Why is it called a nightstick fracture?”. It’s because this kind of injury is usually caused by blunt force trauma. The location of this kind of injury is reminiscent of someone using their arm to protect their face from a police baton or “nightstick”.
Nightstick fracture symptoms are similar to other symptoms of a broken bone. These include:
- Swelling, pain and, in some cases, deformity
- Pain upon putting pressure or weight on the injury
- A grinding or snapping noise upon the injury occurring
However, in some instances, you might not notice these symptoms. For example, a hairline fracture is where the bone is cracked rather than split in two. If you’re suffering from this kind of fracture, then you may not realise you have broken a bone at all.
How long does a nightstick fracture take to heal?
To fully answer the question, “How long does it take for a nightstick fracture to heal?” we need to look at how an injury of this nature is treated. There are similarities regarding how you treat any arm fracture, including a nightstick fracture.
A splint will usually be applied to support the injury. An X-ray can be performed to confirm that it is a nightstick fracture and assess its severity. A cast can then be applied to keep the arm in place while it heals. A brace may also be used as part of the nightstick fracture treatment.
You may be wondering, “What are the differences between a greenstick vs nightstick fracture?” Greenstick fractures tend to happen to children in infancy, as the bone is more flexible. This means that it is more likely to bend than snap and break.
Greenstick fractures can be caused by a child slipping or falling. A nightstick fracture, meanwhile, tends to occur as the result of direct trauma to the ulna.
Nightstick fractures tend to take around six to eight weeks to heal fully. The recovery time can take longer for a nightstick fracture if the ulna has suffered further complications during the healing process or if you’re suffering from additional injuries that could complicate the healing process. For example, you may have suffered a Monteggia fracture or a Galeazzi fracture. These kinds of fractures happen when one of the bones of the forearm is broken and the other is dislocated.
You should always refer to your doctor or a medical professional to fully confirm your treatment plan and the length of recovery. In addition to this, you should wait for their go-ahead before things like starting to drive again or returning to work.
There are two potential damages that you could receive when making a personal injury claim. General damages relate to the physical and psychological harm caused by the injury and the impact it has had on your quality of life. Special damages, however, relate to the financial losses caused by the injury. They can include:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Travel costs
- The cost of care
- Car and home adaptations if your injuries have left you with disabilities.
It’s important to note that you cannot be awarded special damages if you have not also been awarded general damages. However, being awarded general damages is not a guarantee that you will also receive special damages.
Our nightstick fracture compensation calculator can show you a breakdown of what you could claim to provide more knowledge about the claims process. Or, if you would like to speak to someone directly about making a claim, you can give our team a call.
Making a successful personal injury claim revolves around proving that a third party’s negligence caused your injury. This means that the third party in question must have breached their duty of care towards you, resulting in you being injured.
There are many ways you could suffer an isolated ulna shaft fracture as the result of someone else’s negligence. This section will be showing various nightstick fracture causes to give you a better understanding of what could justify you to make a claim.
Trips And Falls From A Height
Those in control of public spaces (referred to in the legislation as the “occupier”) have a duty of care to any member of the public using it for the purposes intended.
This is explained in detail in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Basically, their responsibility is to make sure that every member of the public is safe and secure while using the premises for its intended purpose.
Examples of negligence that could lead to a member of the public being injured include:
- While you’re shopping, a heavy and unsecured item falls off a shelf. You use your arm to block it and prevent it from hitting your face. However, it collides with your arm, and you suffer from a nightstick fracture.
- You’re walking to your table in a restaurant and slip on a spill that has not been cleaned up or signposted. As you fall, your forearm collides with the edge of a table, and your arm is fractured.
Vehicle Crashes And Accidents
Road users have a duty of care to one another highlighted in the Highway Code. All road users are expected to act in a way that reduces the risk of harm to themselves and others.
Examples of negligence causing car accident injuries could include:
- A drunk driver’s vehicle crashing into yours because they were above the speed limit and lost control of the car. This could cause multiple forearm fractures, including an ulna shaft fracture.
- While on a roundabout, a motorcyclist turns into your lane at the wrong moment, resulting in both vehicles colliding. This could cause you an injury that means you require a nightstick fracture brace.
- While you’re riding in the cycle lane, a driver fails to concentrate on the road and swerves into you. You’re thrown off your bike, and your forearm hits the kerb with some force. You may want to use a compensation payout calculator to value your claim.
If you’re a driver or passenger in a car accident and your injuries are worth less than £5,000, you need to claim through a different method. This is established in The Whiplash Injury Regulations 2021. You can speak to us before you begin a claim through this channel, as you might be underestimating how much your injuries are worth.
Crush And Manual Handling Accidents
Your employer also has a duty of care to every employee when they’re working. This is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Essentially, your employer needs to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace.
If you’ve suffered a work injury because your employer breached their duty of care towards you, you may be able to claim. Examples of instances where you could claim include:
- You could suffer a closed nightstick fracture because of faulty machinery. If you were checking a machine and the emergency stop button failed, this could lead to your arm being crushed, resulting in a nightstick fracture.
- A malfunctioning machine could result in an object, such as a fridge, falling off a conveyor belt. This could lead to you needing a nightstick fracture brace.
Accidents In The Construction Industry
There are many manual handling roles in the construction industry due to its practical and physical nature. It’s useful to highlight circumstances that can cause an accident at work from jobs of this nature.
Examples of negligence in the construction industry resulting in work injury that could lead to a successful claim include:
- A crane is used by someone without the proper training, meaning that a pile of bricks fall from it onto you. As a result, you suffer a nightstick fracture. Your ulna could be injured in several places, which means you may not be able to return to work for several months.
- You’re asked to move something in work that is too heavy. This causes you to fall, and the load you were carrying falls on your forearm, fracturing it.
- You fall from a set of stairs because oil has been spilt at the top and not cleaned up. This could lead to multiple injuries, such as a broken leg. As such, you may want to use our personal injury calculator.
Blunt Force Traumatic Incidents
One of the main nightstick fracture causes is blunt force trauma. This can be caused by criminal activity, such as assault and could lead to you seeing if you could receive criminal injury compensation. You may be able to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors can still help you make a claim if you choose to claim through this channel.
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 includes a tariff of injuries showing what you could receive from a successful criminal injury compensation claim. These compensation amounts take into account the pain and suffering caused by such traumatic incidents. Examples of incidents you could claim through CICA include:
- Injuries inflicted during a sexual assault
- Fractures sustained while you were being mugged
- Whilst out drinking, someone pushes you down a flight of stairs, and you fall on your arm. This results in an isolated ulnar fracture.
Our compensation calculator could help if you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence or an act of criminal violence. Alternatively, you can speak to our team for more information.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides statistics on work-related injuries across Britain. Violence could cause a nightstick fracture, as the injury can be sustained due to protecting your face.
Above, we’ve included statistics regarding injuries sustained in instances of work-related violence. From this, you can see that almost half of all workplace assaults resulted in severe bruising. Nightstick fractures sustained as a result of workplace violence would come under the “other” category.
If you’ve been injured as a result of workplace violence, don’t assume that you cannot claim. Our advisors offer free legal advice and can let you know your claim eligibility within minutes. Call them at a time that suits you using the phone number at the top of this page.
You can claim special damages when making a personal injury claim. This relates to financial losses suffered due to the injury.
As part of this, you could claim care costs you’ve had to pay as part of the recovery process. This could include things like:
- Private physiotherapy that you weren’t able to get on the NHS
- The value of gracious care if a loved one has had to take time off work to look after you or take you to an appointment.
Our nightstick fracture compensation calculator can give you a better understanding of the amount you may be able to claim. All you need to do is provide the relevant details in order for us to reliably estimate your claim.
One of the reasons our calculator is so reliable is due to the Judicial College. They analyse payouts in relation to general damages compensation. They do this for many different types of injuries, based on severity. Because of this, they’ve been able to create a set of guideline compensation brackets. We use these brackets to value your claim.
The general damages head of your claim is valued based on medical evidence. You will usually be invited to an independent medical assessment as part of your claim. In this assessment, a medical expert will assess the severity of your injuries and also confirm that they were caused by your accident.
Their findings will be detailed in a report. This will then be used alongside the Judicial College Guidelines to help value your claim.
Special damages compensate you for any financial losses caused by your injuries. You will need to provide relevant financial evidence to prove the losses you’re looking to claim. Evidence could include:
- Bank statements
Our personal injury calculator provides a breakdown of your potential compensation. It’s designed to give you greater awareness about what you can claim.
Below is a list of injuries and their relevant compensation brackets for general damages. These figures have been taken from the Judicial College guidelines.
|Area of Injury||Amount of Compensation||Description|
|Arm||£36,770 to £56,180||Injuries in this bracket include ones that significant permanent residual disability like serious fractures to one or both forearms.|
|Arm||£18,020 to £36,770||Significant disabilities will occur. However, recovery is expected gradually to a large extent.|
|Arm||£6,190 to £18,020||Simple fractures of the forearm with no significant or permanent complications.|
|Elbow||£14,690 to £30,050||Injuries that limit function but do not result in permanent or significant disability or require surgery.|
|Elbow||Up to £11,820||This bracket includes most elbow injuries, such as simple fractures, lacerations and tennis elbow syndrome.|
|Wrist||Rarely exceed £9,620||This bracket includes fractures or soft tissue injuries where recovery takes longer than expected.|
|Wrist||In the region of £6,970||A Colles' fracture that is uncomplicated.|
|Wrist||£3,310 to £4,450||Very minimally displaced fractures and soft tissue injuries that require plaster or bandage and is virtually recovered within 12 months.|
|Hand||£5,260 to £12,460||Injuries in this bracket include crush injuries and deep lacerations.|
|Finger||Up to £34,480||Severe fractures to fingers that may lead to partial amputations and impairment of grip.|
You may prefer a claim valuation that applies to your specific circumstances. If so, we can provide this; simply get in touch with us today.
Our advisors can judge the eligibility of your claim and give you an estimate of what you could receive. Call them for free legal advice using the phone number at the top of this page.
Our panel of solicitors offer representation on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that:
- Your personal injury solicitor will not request legal fees, either upfront or during the claims process.
- If your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t owe your personal injury solicitor any legal fees.
- They will take only a legally capped “success fee” from your compensation in the event that your claim is successful.If you feel that this kind of agreement could help you fund legal representation in your claim, why not get in touch with our team today? If they feel your claim has a good chance of success, one of our advisors could also connect you with a solicitor from our panel.
Our compensation payout calculator can give you a reliable compensation estimate based on the information you provide. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our experienced advisors for free legal advice.
Our team can answer any questions or queries you might have about the claims process. What’s more, you could be connected with a solicitor from our panel who can work on your claim.
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You may be having difficulty using our personal injury calculator, or you might simply prefer to have one of our advisors assess your claim. If this is the case, we can still help.
Our advisors offer free legal advice and can give you a compensation estimate over the phone by judging your claim eligibility. They will answer any questions about the claims process you might have. Get in touch with our team today for a free, no-obligation valuation of your claim.
If you’d like more useful information, please use the links below.
The Department for Transport provides road traffic accident statistics which you can find on their website.
Violent crime statistics for England and Wales in 2020/21 can be found on the Office for National Statistics website here.
For more information about elbow and arm pain, please visit the NHS website.
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Read below for answers to frequently asked questions about nightstick fractures.
What does a nightstick fracture feel like?
Symptoms of this injury can include initial pain, an inability to move the arm and the affected limb sticking out at an odd angle. If you’re suffering from an open fracture, you may have a wound and could see the bone poking out from inside.
What is Galeazzi fracture?
A Galeazzi fracture is a break of your radius bone (the other forearm bone) that also results in the distal radioulnar joint being dislocated. A Monteggia fracture is similar in that the ulna is fractures and the radial head is dislocated.
How long does a nightstick fracture take to heal?
It usually takes six to eight weeks. However, please refer to your doctor or medical professional to confirm your recovery time.
Thank you for reading our guide looking at how to use our nightstick fracture compensation calculator today.
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