Broken femur personal injury claims

The femur is a remarkably strong bone located in the thigh and is attached to some of the most powerful muscles in the body. Indeed, the forces required to break this bone are so strong that it generally only happens through road accidents or falls from height at work which can impart the crushing or twisting forces needed to make the bone fracture.

Breaking your femur can have devastating psychological as well as physical effects because of how debilitating the injury can be but for those who sustained a fractured femur due to the carelessness, legal ignorance, or deliberate malice of another individual, it can be even more difficult to cope with. Thankfully, in such circumstances, a broken femur compensation claim could be pursued with the help of an expert personal injury solicitor. It is essential that you choose an expert because such claims are highly complex and the solicitors in our personal injury team have the specialist skills and supportive nature you need. We understand how difficult the claims process is for our clients and use our years of experience to win the full amount of compensation deserved.

In order to win your claim you will need to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the defendant, whether they are a road user or your employer for example, was to blame for your injuries. Finding evidence for this is not straightforward. In the case of road accidents, witness statements may be required and for falls in the workplace information on the working environment and health and safety measures in place will need to be collected. An expert orthopaedic consultant must also be consulted who will produce a report on the extent of your injuries, the likely cost of future care and the pain and suffering it has caused you.

The written report you will receive from an expert orthopaedic consultant will be crucial in determining the compensation payout you will be receive. These damages should cover the following:

1. General damages: these will cover your financial losses. A broken femur is likely to put you out of work for a considerable period of time and as a result it is only right that when the injury was not your fault you are compensated for the loss of earnings both in the present and the future. These damages should also cover any medical expenses or the cost of having to hire help whilst you are immobilised for example.

2. Special damages: the severity of your injury will be crucial to determining this figure which should take into account your pain and suffering. If your break is likely to have long term and possible life-long consequences this figure is likely to be particularly high.

If you are relatively lucky, your fractured femur will be proximal and will therefore heal after a few weeks in a cast (albeit a very large and uncomfortable one). However, if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a serious and complex break, you could find yourself with permanent weakness of the upper leg and knee joint, heightened future chances of arthritis and a metal rod inserted through your bone. However bad the injury is, should contact one of our specialist personal injury solicitors and claim what you deserve.

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Can a trespasser claim accident compensation?

If you’ve recently been the victim of a burglary, it can be an unpleasant experience. If the trespasser came across a hazard in your home and received personal injuries as a result and you knew about these potential hazards, then they could be eligible for compensation.

Alternatively you could be the victim of such an incident. As an innocent trespasser you may have been seeking help from people in the nearby area and walked across someone’s property to reach human contact. In the process you may have been injured in an accident which left you feeling weak and vulnerable.

The law states that the occupiers of premises don’t have to owe the same level and duty of care to trespassers which they’d otherwise give to lawful visitors. If the occupier knows there is a hazard and they know that the trespasser they will come across it, then it’s the job of the occupier to ensure that they don’t get injured.

The court has to take into account various factors when deciding who is at fault in circumstances such as this. How safe the premises were has to be determined in terms of whether someone was likely to suffer injury as a result of being a trespasser.

The court also has to take into consideration that children can be less careful than adults, so they’re more likely to be injured in an accident. If an accident victim took unnecessary risks and suffered injuries, this has to be taken into account, along with any warning signs for the potential hazard. If it’s determined that the occupier is liable for the accident, then it’s possible that the accident victim can claim compensation for receiving any personal injury as a trespasser.

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A nightmare dining experience has left me injured. Can I make a personal injury claim?

Dining out is supposed to be an enjoyable experience shared amongst a couple, friends or family. But what if a meal out turns into a nightmare and you suffer an injury which isn’t your fault?

Some of the most common causes of injuries include spillages on the floor, bad floor coverings or ill fitted carpets, poor walking surfaces, obstructions or insufficient lighting. If you’ve received an injury in any of these circumstances, the occupier of the premises may be at fault.

This is because it’s the primary responsibility of the people who own the restaurant, pub or bar premises to take a reasonable level of care and to ensure that everyone who walks through is safe. This means providing clean eating and drinking areas which are free of obstruction and safe to use.

If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall from an accident in a pub, restaurant, club or a bar then you may be eligible to claim personal injury compensation if it can be shown there is evidence to suggest that the owners or employees have failed or been negligent in their responsibilities.

Whether it was a slip or a fall which sustained an injury due to there being no warning signs about a wet floor or you have been affected in other ways, perhaps having to take time off work due to severe neck or back pain, we can help.

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Whiplash claims at lowest level since 2009

Despite the government’s complaints about whiplash claims, their own figures have revealed that there were 60,000 fewer whiplash injury claims this year than there were in 2011/12.

Figures put together by the Department for Work and Pensions show that whilst there were more than 547,400 whiplash claims made in 2011/12, there were fewer than 488,300 made in 2012/13. That drop means that whiplash claims are at their lowest level for 5 years.

The numbers were sought out by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers which used them to support evidence given to the inquiry into whiplash claims currently being held by the House of Commons transport select committee.

The committee had asked for a response to the coalition’s suggestion that the UK was known around the world as a whiplash claim hotspot.

The insurance industry has been spreading spurious claims about whiplash claims in recent months in an attempt to whip up a storm amongst the government and save insurers money.

As part of the inquiry, the committee will seek oral evidence from both lawyers and insurers which will be important to opening up what has until now been a very one-sided debate dominated by insurance companies.

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Don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve if you sustain a whiplash injury due to the negligence or carelessness of another individual. Get in touch with our personal injury solicitors for expert legal advice.

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Can I claim injury compensation for a broken wrist

Your wrist contains eight carpal bones and if you break one, it can be both excruciatingly painful and extremely costly. Below is a list of just some of the problems associated with a broken wrist:

• Pain and tenderness

• Numbness in the fingers

• Swelling

• Possibly deformity of the wrist

• Possible blood vessel or nerve damage

• Surgery may be required to reset the bone

• Pins and metal plates may need to be inserted

• You will need a uncomfortable cast for weeks

• You will need to pay regular visits to the radiology department for x-rays and check ups on the progress of your injury

• You probably will not be able to work, especially if there is a manual aspect to your job. As a result you could lose out financially

• Your break may be so bad that surgical immobilisation of the wrist is required and you will never be able to use it properly again

Considering the seriousness of these problems it can be comforting to know that you make a personal injury compensation claim if you break a wrist as a result of someone else’s negligence, malice or oversight of the law. Below are two scenarios in which a wrist has been broken. Can you claim compensation in 1, 2, both, or neither?

Scenario 1:

You were carrying some boxes in stockroom in your workplace when you tripped over one of the broken floorboards in the uneven floor. As you fell you reached out to try and cushion your landing but hit the ground with such force that you broke your wrist and had to rush to the A and E department. You and your colleagues had asked your employer to resurface the floor many times but he simply hadn’t listened and as a result you wound up sat in radiology having your fifth x-ray done so that they can find the fracture.

Scenario 2:

12 months ago you were playing in your local Saturday football league when a violent midfielder from the other team crashed into you off the ball. There was no way it was just a mistimed tackle and as you fell to the turf, you felt your right wrist break. You’re a plumber who drives to customers around the local area but now you find that you can’t carry out simple jobs with just one hand and you can’t even drive your car.

Answer

That’s right; compensation could be claimed in both of these scenarios. If the accident was not your fault, you therefore cannot be blamed for the injury you sustain and if somebody else’s carelessness, recalcitrance or deliberate action was to blame, it is only right that you are compensated. Indeed, your financial losses may be substantial due to your lack of income, but you will also lose amenity (the ability to carry out everyday tasks) and you should be compensated for both of these things.

So if you have broken your wrist and you feel that somebody else is to blame for the accident which led to your injuries you should get in touch with one of our expert injury claim solicitors today.

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Injury claims for occupational bursitis

Over 3 in every 100 people are expected to be struggling with bursitis as you read this. Bursitis is a condition which arises when the elbow, knee or shoulder joints become enflamed and painful as a result of repetitive strains placed upon them. The bursae are pods of synovial fluid which prevent the bone and the muscles connected to it from grinding together. Damage to the joint caused by repetitive strain therefore causes the busae to become inflamed or infected and this can lead to bursitis.

Those suffering with bursitis are likely to feel considerable pain due to the inflammation and possible infection of the affected joint and their mobility may be significantly restricted as a result. In mild cases, a few weeks of rest and avoidance of the activity which caused bursitis should lead a full recovery. However, in cases where the bursitis involves infection or sepsis, surgery, prescription drugs and regular drips to orthopaedic doctors may be required.

Bursitis –  the causes

Bursitis is most commonly caused by repetitive actions in the workplace. Those who are constantly required to perform certain repetitive movements or hold certain positions for an extended period of time tend to place high levels of stress on their joints which can lead to bursitis. It is no surprise for example that bursitis is often referred to as ‘housemaid’s knee’ and indeed electricians and plumbers who spend a lot of time kneeling down are often more susceptible to the condition.

Bursitis – Your employer’s obligations to protect you

Your employer is legally obliged to take every action possible (within reason) to ensure that you are not harmed in the workplace. Therefore, if your can demonstrated that your employer failed to protect you by not providing you with knee protection or warning you about the health risks associated with certain movements they can be said to have shirked their legal duty.

If you believe that your employer has failed to discharge their legal duty of care and you have suffered from bursitis as a result, you should instruct a specialist occupational injury solicitor straight away to see about making a compensation claim. Our personal injury claim team is composed of the experts you need who also have strong contacts with medical experts who will produce a medical report which is central to your case. We are fully committed to recovering every penny of compensation that our clients are entitled to and have the expertise needed to win your injury claim.

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Facts of personal injury debate being distorted says Law Society

The Transport Select Committee has come under fire from the Law Society for allowing the debate over whiplash injury compensation claims to be dominated by motor insurers at the expense of those genuinely injured in road traffic accidents.

The President of the Law Society, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff sent a letter to the Transport Select Committee which is currently conducting an inquiry into whiplash claims warning of the consequences of not listening to other views. With the voice of the insurance industry dominating the inquiry, it is feared that policy makers will act upon exaggerated information and make ill-considered policies which harm the interests of those with valid whiplash claims.

Scott-Moncrieff is particularly aggrieved at the coalition’s decision to increase the small claims limit and maintains that this decision was based on aggressive lobbying from insurers.

The Law Society has expressed willingness to give evidence at any hearings involved in the inquiry so that injury lawyers and the interests of their clients are represented as well as insurers.

The coalition’s propensity to try and rush through legislation without taking time to properly consider to consequences leads to poor policies. We therefore welcome the Law Society’s attempts to make the views of legal professionals known.

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Claiming injury compensation for broken bones

With 206 bones in the body and a whole host of hazards present at home, in public and in the workplace, it is no surprise that may bones are broken in the UK each year. Almost every bone fracture is excruciatingly painful and the recovery process and associated financial costs can cause great distress to the unfortunate victim. This suffering is magnified if you know that your accident was caused by the carelessness or intent of another individual, like an employer for example. Indeed, close to 19,000 bones are broken in the workplace each year and whilst some of these are purely accidental, many are down to employer negligence.

If you believe that your broken bone injury was caused by the negligence or malice of another individual you should approach a specialist personal injury solicitor about making a compensation claim. Our expert lawyers could quickly determine whether or not you have a claim and how much compensation you may be entitled to.

The amount you are paid in compensation should reflect the following:

• Your pain and suffering: ‘General damages’ should cover the physical and emotional hardship you have had to confront as a result of your broken bone injury. The severity and location of the break will be important in calculating this figure. Some bone breaks may be so minor that you do not even notice them and finger or toe breaks may only involve relatively minor suffering. However, life-altering fractures of the skull or spine for example can lead to dire consequences such as permanent paralysis.

• Your financial losses: ‘Special damages’ should compensate the loss of earnings you have faced due to the extended time off work required for your recovery. Medical expenses and the increased cost of travel incurred through your inability to drive for example may also be included. Given that your accident was someone else’s fault, it would be wrong if you were forced to shoulder the financial burden.

An enormous amount of work goes into a compensation claim and we will collect the documentation needed to prove your financial losses and suffering. This will include obtaining a medical report from an independent medical expert specifying the follow up treatment needed, the potential recovery costs and the extent of the injuries. We can be relied upon to do everything possible to ensure that you receive the full compensation amount that you deserve.

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Strict time limits apply to broken bone compensation claims so it is important that you start the claims process as soon as possible. Our personal injury specialists have the expertise required to win the compensation you deserve.

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Broken ankle injury compensation claims

An ankle break can be completely incapacitating. In the best case scenario, with a neat break and no collateral nerve or blood vessel damage, the injured will face weeks without being able to walk, drive or carry loads, and in all likelihood they will be unable to work for around two months. As a result they will lose income and be unable to provide for themselves and any other dependents. Indeed, in the worst case scenario, the injured may require multiple surgeries, extensive physiotherapy and a permanent loss of mobility.

Many people wrongly believe that compensation claims can only be made for injuries sustained in the workplace. On the contrary, provided that the accident was caused by someone else’s deliberate or negligent actions, you could claim compensation for accidents which have occurred anywhere including hospitals, shops, public areas and on the roads. Ultimately, if you sustain injuries through no fault of your own, it is own right that you deserve to be compensated for the associated financial losses incurred.

Is a personal injury solicitor really necessary?

There is some public scepticism about the importance of personal injury claim solicitors and the fees they charge, with many feeling it would be better to pursue a claim without such legal representation. However, doing so is ill-advised. Personal injury solicitors have a detailed understanding of the claims process and specialist knowledge in their area of law, or at least out do. Our specialist solicitors know never to settle for less than you are entitled to and are able to use their expertise to recover the full and fair amount you deserve in light of your injuries and the effect they have had on your life. Given that your opponent is likely to have instructed a specialist solicitor to defend them, it would be foolish to put yourself at a disadvantage.

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How common are injuries when working with dangerous chemicals?

On the scale of things, for instance compared with the number of fatalities and major injuries caused by falling from height (the most common cause of work related death and injury), injuries sustained working with dangerous chemicals are not that common in the United Kingdom anymore, making up only 2% of all recorded workplace fatal injuries and 2.2% of all non-fatal injuries. In total, less than three thousand people were injured in the UK during 2011-12 due to accidents involving dangerous chemicals, with fewer than five hundred of the those being unfortunate enough to suffer injuries categorised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as ‘major’.

When the capacity of dangerous chemicals to ignite or burn through bodily tissues, locally or systemically poison or irradiate, blow people and objects to smithereens and cause cancer is considered it is seriously good news that such injuries are relatively rare. However, when you consider that the HSE defines major injuries as those such as fractures of major bones and loss of limbs it doesn’t take a huge leap of imagination to contemplate what the major injuries of those victims of accidents involving dangerous chemicals must be like, the most common type of which occur due to inhalation of a chemical, closely followed by accidental ingestion and other forms of skin (including eyes) contact.

Even the most hard-nosed business person endlessly reciting their mantra of ‘cost-cost-cost’ is likely to quail, and rightly so, when confronted by the victim of a serious accident involving dangerous chemicals which was caused by a misplaced prioritisation of profit over employee safety. In this day and age there is absolutely no reason why a worker should have to suffer an appalling chemical injury for that reason – or indeed any reason.

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