How Much Compensation For A Broken Forearm Could You Claim?
Have you suffered a workplace accident due to someone else’s negligence? Are you wondering how much compensation for a broken forearm you could receive?
If you’ve suffered an injury in a public place, at work or in a road traffic accident that may not have been your fault, this article is for you. Using a fictional case study based on our past experiences, this guide demonstrates how much compensation for a broken forearm you could receive.
If you read this article and need more advice, you can contact our team of legal advisers who are available 24/7 to help you. The quickest way to contact them is by giving us a call on 0800 408 7826 or using our live chat pop-up box for an instant response. Alternatively, you can write to us through our contact page, where an adviser will get back to you at your earliest convenience.
Once an adviser has gotten to know more about your injury, they can connect you to our panel of expert lawyers who can discuss your case and the likes of No Win No Fee agreements with you. Furthermore, they can assess how much compensation for a broken forearm you could be awarded.
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- How You Could Suffer A Broken Forearm
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- Case Study – How Much Compensation For A Broken Forearm Could Someone Be Awarded?
- How Special Damages Could Compensate You For Lost Income
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- No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For A Broken Forearm
- Call Our Team And Get Free Legal Advice
- Related Case Studies
- Workplace Accident Claim FAQs
This guide will explore why you may be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim. It will also assess who may have breached their duty of care and caused your accident.
Your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe, so the article will also discuss what laws exist surrounding the duty of care and how they should be followed.
This article will begin by discussing what broken forearm injuries are, and how you could suffer from a broken forearm at work. Within this section, we will explore what duty of care employers have and how they could breach that duty.
After this, we will explain how our team of advisers can help you make a personal injury claim, starting by having a chat with you over the phone or online to learn more about your injury. There will then be an illustrative case study to calculate how much compensation for a broken forearm injury you could receive.
We will then move onto discussing the difference between general and special damages, and how special damages cover your lost finances. Additionally, the article will explain how our panel of lawyers can calculate how much compensation for a broken forearm you could receive, before letting you know how to get in touch with our team of advisers.
There will also be some related case studies and workplace injury FAQs at the end of the article so we can give you as much information as possible. We want you to finish reading this guide feeling confident and assured.
The forearm consists of two bones: the radius and ulna. When an adult suffers a broken forearm injury, both bones tend to break. If this happens, our forearm is likely to be demobilised, resulting in difficulty completing daily tasks, such as picking things up or writing.
The NHS states that you should call 111 if your forearm is:
- Swollen or bruised
However, you should go straight to A&E if your forearm is:
- Numb or tingling
- Showing visible bone
However, everyone is unique and you may feel different symptoms than stated here. If you suspect you may have a broken bone, attend A&E to have it professionally examined.
If you report to A&E, it’s stated that a medical professional is likely to place your forearm in a splint to prevent broken bones from moving. Then, they give your broken forearm an x-ray to see if there is a break and the severity of it.
The doctor will then put your broken forearm in a cast to keep your arm in place whilst it heals. Broken forearm recovery time is usually 6-8 weeks. However, your arm may still feel weak or stiff after removing the cast. In this case, a physiotherapist can help, but the stiffness can last for over several months.
Statistics on musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace
Musculoskeletal injuries are caused by sudden impact or force and can affect our bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, blood vessels, and joints. Data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conveys the most common causes of this type of accident in the workplace.
The above graph demonstrates the percentage of musculoskeletal disorders reported to THOR-GP according to the main attributed task from 2013-2015 in Great Britain. It portrays that the main cause of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace is heavy lifting, closely followed by material manipulation. The third most common are keyboards, followed by guiding/holding a tool and light lifting.
If you’ve been harmed in any of these ways and feel that it was your employer’s fault, get in touch with our personal injury claims team to discuss your case.
There are multiple scenarios in which you could suffer a broken forearm injury. As shown in the graph above, the most common cause of broken forearm injuries in the workplace is heavy lifting. This could be due to someone dropping a heavy box on their arm, resulting in a broken bone.
However, you can also suffer a broken forearm injury in a road traffic accident (RTA). If someone experiences a T-bone car crash, the side of the car will be hit which can crush the forearm badly. However, forearm fractures can occur in public places too. This is usually due to slips, trips, and falls.
How Can You Suffer An Injury At Work?
We’ve touched on workplace broken forearm injuries occurring from lifting heavy objects; now let’s explore some other ways people can suffer forearm injuries at work. A broken forearm injury at work could occur from an object falling onto it, or a person falling off a faulty ladder. On the other hand, it could occur from slips, trips, or falls or a failure to provide proper training on how to use machinery or vehicles, like forklift trucks.
What duty of care do employers have?
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HASAWA) states that employers have a duty of care to safeguard and protect employees, so far as reasonably possible. This can be done by:
- Risk assessing tasks to minimise hazards
- Considering the safety of employees by maintaining equipment and machinery
- Providing personal protective equipment to help with lifting
Anyone who manages employees in a workplace, whether that be an office, supermarket, warehouse or factory, has a duty of care to protect them from harm.
The employer should be aware of this duty of care, why it is important, and be fully educated on how they can uphold it.
How could employers be in breach of this duty?
Section 2 of the HASAWA states that employers must ensure, as much as reasonably possible, that the health, safety, and welfare of all employees is considered and upheld. Employers could breach this duty of care by failing to minimise hazards and risks when employees are handling, storing, and transporting goods in the workplace.
Data from the Health and Safety executive in the above graph conveys that slips, trips, and falls are the most common workplace accidents at 29%, followed by handling, lifting, and carrying at 19%.
The third most common workplace accident is being struck by a moving object, which is 11%, with acts of violence after that at 9%. Finally, the least common workplace accident in the graph is falls from a height, which is just 8%.
All of these accident types could result in forearm injuries. If you’ve been harmed in such a way, get in touch for free legal advice on your situation.
How much compensation for a broken forearm you could receive is based on the severity of your injury and the impact it has had on your mental, physical, and general wellbeing.
When speaking to our legal team, they will discuss your personal injury claim and learn more about your injury. After this, they can connect you to our panel of lawyers who can discuss the likes of No Win No Fee agreements with you and calculate how much compensation for a broken forearm you could claim. They would then set to work getting the compensation you deserve.
It’s important to note that there is a three-year time limit for filing a claim. That’s three years from when you suffer the injury or three years from when you discover the injury was due to the negligence of a third party.
If you are under 18, the three-year clock begins from your 18th birthday, or a friend/family member may act as a litigation friend and pursue the claim for you. Similarly, if you lack mental capacity, the three-year time limit begins when you regain capacity.
How did Mr Edwards break their forearm in an accident at work?
Mr Edwards was climbing a ladder at his warehouse job when he fell and injured his forearm. He later realised the ladder was faulty, with the locking system not working properly. His employer hadn’t been doing regular safety checks to protect employees.
After the accident, Mr Edwards immediately noticed his forearm was painful and deformed. The area also became swollen and bruised. He reported to A&E where they diagnosed him with a distal radius fracture, due to falling on an outstretched hand.
This resulted in him being unable to work and losing out on financial income. Mr Edwards became upset and angry, as he was suffering hardship due to someone else’s negligence.
He spoke to a No Win No Fee Lawyer, who decided his case was strong enough to launch a personal injury claim against his employer. His lawyer calculated how much compensation for a broken forearm he could claim and collected evidence to use against the defendant.
What settlement were they awarded for an accident at work?
After obtaining evidence that proved the poor state of repair of the ladder, the defendant admitted liability. Using the available medical evidence and referring to the Judicial College Guidelines, Mr Edwards’s lawyer successfully negotiated a settlement of £28,000, as his injury left him with stiffness and pain in the forearm.
Breaking down the compensation payout
Type of Special Damages: Includes: How Much?:
Travel Expenses Mr. Edwards travelled to and from hospital/GP appointments to check up on the healing of his forearm and routinely reapply the broken forearm cast £300
Medications/Prescriptions He had to take prescription medication and have his cast routinely reapplied £200
Loss of Earnings He had to take 2 months off work as he couldn’t carry out his regular work duties with a broken forearm £1,500
Partner’s Loss of Earnings Mr. Edwards’ wife had to take 2 weeks off work at the beginning of the injury, as the pain was too severe for him to cook and clean for himself £500
Additional Costs Lost Holiday Deposit £1,500
Mr Edwards’ case is an example based on our experiences of valuing and handling personal injury claims. Its purpose is to convey how accidents are valued and how they can occur.
General damages are compensation for the actual injury and the physical and mental effect it has on your life.
On the other hand, special damages compensate for the financial loss the injury has caused you. For example, you may need to hire additional help or take time off work, pay out of pocket for medication or to travel to doctors appointments.
In the above case study, Mr Edwards’ special damages related to travel expenses, medications/prescriptions, loss of earnings, partner’s loss of earnings, and additional costs.
Please note that you’re unlikely to recover any costs without evidence. Therefore, keep hold of all your receipts, bills and statements. This could be in the form of bus tickets to prove you travelled to hospital appointments, or bank statements to show you purchased prescription medication.
How much compensation for a broken forearm you could claim is based on the assessment of your general and special damages. We’ve discussed special damages, but general damages are different.
General damages compensate for the injury itself and the physical, mental, and general impact it has on your daily life. Some guides contain a personal injury calculator, however, as every claim is unique and may receive different compensation amounts, such tools could produce misleading results.
The easiest way to calculate how much compensation for a broken forearm injury you could receive is by getting in touch with our team of advisers, who can learn more about your injury before connecting you with our panel of lawyers.
You can get in touch with our team via telephone or use our live chat pop-up box to get an instant reply and begin the personal injury claims process now.
If you do contact them, you are not required to continue with our services if you don’t want to. However, if you would like to begin the personal injury claims process, our advisers can have a chat with you and connect you to our expert panel of lawyers.
The personal injury solicitor can then discuss the likes of No Win No Fee agreements with you and calculate how much compensation for a broken forearm you could claim before getting right to work on your case.
No Win No Fee agreements, or Conditional Fee Agreements as they’re also known, are an agreement between you and your lawyer that brings with it many financial benefits. One of them is that you have no upfront fees to pay to your personal injury solicitor, nor any fees while the case is ongoing.
If your case succeeds, your lawyer will deduct a small, legally capped percentage from your compensation. This is to reimburse your lawyer for their work, and the percentage would be discussed with you beforehand and set out in the No Win No Fee agreement.
However, if your case fails, you don’t have to pay any of the fees that your lawyer has worked for. This is why No Win No Fee agreements are popular, as there is little to lose. You don’t have to pay anything unless your claim succeeds.
Begin the personal injury claims process by contacting us today. We can connect you with our panel of expert lawyers who can discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you.
We hope this article has brought you comfort that your accident may not have been your fault. However, we can’t begin your accident claim until we learn more about your injury.
Would you like to begin the personal injury claims process? Have you decided you’d like to discuss how much compensation for a broken forearm you could receive?
Get in touch with our team of advisers today for free legal advice. We recommend you:
- Call us on 0800 408 7826.
- Write to us through our contact page. A member of our team will get back to you whenever you’re ready.
- Chat to us through our live chat pop-up box to get an instant reply.
In this section, we’ve included some more personal injury guides and other useful resources.
NHS Broken Ankle Guide: Is a broken forearm not the only injury you’ve sustained? The NHS guide gives you information on the signs and treatments of a broken ankle.
NHS Advice for Patients with a Fractured Wrist in a Plaster Cast: If you need guidance on a broken wrist injury, this NHS guide shows exercises you can do to increase the healing time of your broken wrist whilst it’s in a plaster cast.
Check out more of our legal guides below:
- Personal injury claims
- Check to see how much compensation you could claim
- How much compensation can you claim for a back injury?
- How to claim compensation for a broken arm
- How much compensation can you claim for a broken foot?
- Claim compensation for a crushed ankle injury
- How to claim compensation for a facial scar
- Broken foot compensation claims
- Claim compensation for a foot injury
- How much compensation can you get for a fractured leg?
- How much compensation can you claim for a wrist injury?
- Claim compensation for a broken ankle
- How to claim compensation for a broken leg
- Claim compensation for a fractured jaw
- Broken leg compensation claims
- Make a claim for a torn Achilles tendon
- Broken thumb compensation claims
- Broken wrist compensation claims
In this final section of our guide, we’ve included answers to question we often get asked:
Can my employer dismiss me for making a claim?
No. If an employer breaches their duty of care, the employee has the right to launch a personal injury claim. Your employer must not treat you any differently for doing this.
Who pays my compensation settlement?
If you make a successful claim, your employer’s insurance provider is responsible for paying your compensation settlement.
I was partially at fault, can I still claim?
Yes, you can make a personal injury claim if you were partially at fault for the accident. However, you won’t receive as much compensation as you would if you weren’t at fault.
Can I claim for another person?
If someone lacks the mental capacity or is under 18, you can act as a Litigation Friend and claim on behalf of them.
Thank you for reading our guide on how much compensation for a broken forearm you could get in a successful personal injury claim.
Guide by ER
Edited by DEG