Fibula Fracture Compensation Claims In The UK

Were you involved in an accident caused by someone neglecting the duty of care they have towards you? Have you suffered a fibula fracture as a result? If so, you may be entitled to fibula fracture compensation.

Fibula fracture compensation

How to claim fibula fracture compensation

This article looks at fibula fractures and the circumstances in which you could claim compensation for them. Perhaps you suffered a fall at work because of a hazard that your employer failed to take action on? Maybe you out shopping and had a slip, trip or fall on loose flooring that should have been repaired? Or maybe you were involved in a road traffic accident caused by the negligence of another driver.

If you feel that the cause of your tibia or fibula fracture was negligence on the part of someone who owed you a duty of care, give our team a call today to see how we could help. There’s no obligation to proceed, and you could receive the maximum amount of compensation you’re owed. You can:

Services And Information

  1. Everything You Need To Know About Fibula Fracture Compensation Claims
  2. What Is A Fibula Fracture Or Broken Leg Injury?
  3. What Are The Different Parts Of The Fibula?
  4. Fibula Fracture Symptoms
  5. Causes Of A Broken Leg
  6. Calculate Payouts For Fibula Fracture Compensation
  7. How To Treat A Fractured Fibula
  8. Negligently Misdiagnosed Fibula Fracture
  9. How Long After Breaking Your Leg Could You Start A Claim?
  10. What To Do Next
  11. No Win No Fee Fibula Fracture Compensation Claims
  12. Related Guides
  13. Bone Fracture Compensation FAQs

Everything You Need To Know About Fibula Fracture Compensation Claims

In this guide, we will examine the process of claiming compensation for a fractured fibula. In order to claim compensation, it’s not enough that you’re injured; you need to show that your injury was caused by a breach of duty of care on the part of someone who was responsible for your safety. We will examine the duty of care owed to you in various circumstances.

We will also go on to look at the symptoms that you may notice if you’re suffering from a broken fibula. Furthermore, we will examine the different treatments that are available for an injury of this nature.

You may be wondering how much compensation you could be owed in compensation for a fractured tibia. Our guide will look at how compensation is calculated in greater detail. We will also look at the different heads of claim that may be included in a claim for compensation.

Our aim is to explain the process thoroughly in order to make seeking compensation as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions about the contents of this guide or would like to get the claims process started, then feel free to get in touch.

What Is A Fibula Fracture Or Broken Leg Injury?

The fibula is also known as the calf bone and sits adjacent to the main bone of the leg below the knee called the tibia. It stabilises the lower leg, and if you suffer a fracture to this bone, it can affect your ability to walk.

Some fractures are more serious and more painful than others. For instance, a hairline fracture is the name given to a crack in the bone which doesn’t run through the bone, meaning it’s still in one piece. Sometimes, these fractures may not cause you any pain, and you may not realise that you’ve broken your leg at all.

A non-displaced fracture is where the bone is broken in two, but the two ends of the bone haven’t moved out of position from one another. However, a displaced fracture is where the bone has broken in two, and the two ends of the bone are no longer in alignment.

Non-displaced fractures can pose a risk of further injury. This is because the broken end of the bone has the potential to pierce organs and soft tissue. In some cases, the end of the bone may break the skin. This can increase the risk of infection, and if you break your leg and can see bone poking through, you should seek medical attention right away.

What Are The Different Parts Of The Fibula?

The fibula is comprised of three distinct areas. At the top are the proximal tibiofibular joint and joint head. The shaft of the fibula bone runs the length of the lower leg. At the base, near the ankle, the distal tibiofibular joint and lateral malleolus, which attaches the fibula to the ankle.

While the tibia is responsible for bearing the weight on the lower leg, the fibula is not a weight-bearing bone. The fibula’s main function is to combine with the tibia and provide support and stability to the ankle joint.

The distal end of the fibula contains several points where ligaments can attach. These provide stability as the ankle moves. Injury to the fibula could, therefore, affect your stability and mobility in the long term.

Fibula Fracture Symptoms

As we’ve already mentioned, not every fracture to the leg will result in similar symptoms. In fact, some may not even cause you any symptoms at all.

However, there are some symptoms that you might experience after breaking your fibula. These include:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Deformity, for example, the affected limb sticking out at an odd angle
  • A grinding, snapping or popping noise as the injury happens
  • An inability to bear weight on the injured limb

If you think that you’ve suffered a fracture to your fibula, you should always seek medical attention. If you fail to do so, this could result in the bones beginning to heal out of alignment. In circumstances where the fracture is displaced, and the skin is broken, you could also be at risk of skin or bone infections.

Causes Of A Broken Leg

There are a number of ways you could break or fracture your leg as the result of negligence on the part of someone who owed you a duty of care. If you can prove that they breached this duty, you may be owed compensation.

One place that you’re owed a duty of care is while at work. This duty is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This states that your employer needs to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety while at work. For example, they should maintain good housekeeping by ensuring that all walkways are free from clutter and well-lit. If they fail to do this and you trip, breaking your fibula as a result, you could be owed compensation.

When you’re in public, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 outlines the responsibilities that the person in control of a public place has to ensure your wellbeing. For instance, if you’re injured in a restaurant because you slipped on a spill that wasn’t cleaned up in a reasonable timeframe, this could be an example of negligence on the part of the occupier. As a result, you may be able to claim.

All road users owe a duty of care to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. A road user who fails to adhere to the Highway Code resulting in a car accident that causes a broken fibula could be held liable for any injuries.

For instance, if a driver fails to pay proper care and attention to the road because they were using their mobile phone, it could cause them to undertake a dangerous manoeuvre resulting in an accident. If you were injured because another driver neglected their duty of care towards you, you may be able to claim.

Calculate Payouts For Fibula Fracture Compensation

In order for your compensation to be calculated, you will usually be invited to a medical assessment as part of your claim. This medical assessment will ascertain that your injuries resulted from the accident you were involved in. It will also confirm the extent of your injuries and how long your recovery will take. The results of this examination will be referred to with the help of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) in order to value your claim.

The JCG is a publication that gives guide figures for compensation to claimants in personal injury cases. They are not guarantees; instead, they’re guideline compensation amounts for a number of injuries of varying severities. This part of your compensation is known as general damages. Below, we have included a table that illustrates some of the figures included in the JCG.

Fibula Injury severityNotesPossible award
Serious Within this bracket will be serious compound fractures or one in which the bone has been broken into multiple pieces. Injuries of this nature will result in instability or prolonged treatment. £36,790 to £51,460
ModerateInjuries in this bracket will include multiple or complicated fractures and crushing injuries to a single limb. The award within this bracket will depend on the extent of treatment required, muscle wasting and scarring among other things. £26,050 to £36,790
Less serious leg injuriesIn this bracket, the injured person will have made a good recovery; however, there may still be problems with impaired mobility in the long term.£16,860 to £26,050

Special damages

The second component that can be included in a claim for fibula fracture compensation is special damages. Special damages cover you for any out-of-pocket expenses that you’ve incurred as a direct result of your injuries.

Special damages can include things like:

  • Any loss of earnings if you had to take time off work
  • Travel costs to and from medical appointments
  • The cost of public transport if you’re left unable to drive
  • Care costs if you needed someone to come in and help with domestic tasks
  • Physiotherapy costs
  • Pet care, gardening, impact on hobbies
  • Lost deposits for holidays or special occasions you were unable to attend
  • Modifications needed so that you can live at home (ramps etc.)
  • Wheelchair or medical equipment hire

In order for something to be included in the special damages head of your claim, you must provide evidence as to the loss you have incurred. You should collect all the bills, receipts or statements that prove these outgoings in order for them to be included in your claim.

If you would like to know more about what can be included in the special damages head of your claim, why not get in touch with our team? They can offer you free legal advice about what special damages can cover.

How To Treat A Fractured Fibula

Treatment options for a broken fibula depend largely on the severity and type of fracture. If it’s a simple, non-displaced fracture, it can be possible for splints and casts to hold the bones in position for the 6 – 8 weeks they need to heal.

In some cases, the two parts of your broken bone may be displaced, meaning they are no longer in alignment. If this is the case, a doctor or surgeon may put them back into place in a process called reduction. You will usually be given a local or general anaesthetic while this happens, and in some cases, you may be sedated.

If the injuries to the bone are more significant, you may require surgery. During surgery, metal plates and pins will be inserted into your leg to keep the bones in position as they heal. In some cases, these pins and metal plates may be needed permanently.

Always seek medical attention with a fractured bone. If a bone heals incorrectly, it can cause you problems later on in life. Furthermore, you may be at risk of infection if the fracture is open and you fail to seek medical attention.

Negligently Misdiagnosed Fibula Fracture

When you go to the doctors or hospital after an accident, you expect that they will be able to identify what has gone wrong and prescribe the right medication or course of treatment to help you recover. But this isn’t always the case.

Sometimes, a doctor or medical professional may have failed to diagnose your leg fracture or have diagnosed it as something else by mistake. This could result in you not receiving the treatment you need for your injuries.

In order for you to claim, it is not enough that your injury was missed or misdiagnosed. You need to be able to show that your doctor failed to adhere to the standards of their profession and that their actions caused you to suffer more than you would have if the injury had been diagnosed properly. This is known as medical negligence.

In order to determine whether the doctor acted negligently, the court may administer something called the Bolam Test. Here, a panel of the doctor’s peers will be asked whether they would have acted the same if presented with the same information.

If they confirm that they would have done the same thing, the doctor will not be deemed negligent, even if the injury was missed or misdiagnosed. However, if the panel of peers confirm that they would have acted differently, the doctor may be considered negligent.

For more information about making a medical negligence claim, why not get in touch with our team today? They could connect you with a lawyer from our panel to begin the claims process.

How Long After Breaking Your Leg Could You Start A Claim?

Generally, there is a three-year time limit to making a claim for an injury caused by negligence. This three-year limit runs from the date of the accident or the date you realised that your injuries were the result of negligence. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

If you are injured while under the age of 18, a litigation friend can make a claim on your behalf. If they don’t claim for you while you’re under 18, then the three-year time limit will run from your 18th birthday.

Similarly, if you lack the mental capacity to claim, then the three-year time limit begins in the event that you regain your mental capacity. Otherwise, the time limit is suspended, and a litigation friend can claim for you.

If you would like to know more about the time limits that apply to personal injury claims, get in touch with us today. One of our advisors could collect information about your claim and let you know whether you are still within the time limit.

What To Do Next

The first thing you should do if you’re injured in an accident caused by a breach of duty of care is to seek medical attention. the benefits of this are twofold; on the one hand, it will ensure that you get the medical attention you need. You will also have evidence to prove that you were injured.

After this, you should collect evidence as to the financial losses that you incurred because of your injuries. For instance, you should keep a record of any parking costs you’ve had to pay to get to and from medical appointments for your injuries.

You should also collect evidence as to the accident you were injured in. For instance, there may be CCTV of your accident taking place, or you may be able to get details of a witness who saw it occur.

Next, you may want to seek the support and guidance of a solicitor to help you in your claim. However, if you’re worried about the costs associated with legal representation, our next section on No Win No Fee claims could be of use to you.

No Win No Fee Fibula Fracture Compensation Claims

When making a personal injury claim, you may decide to seek legal representation to make the process run smoothly and increase your chances of getting more money from your claim. On the other hand, you may be worried about the legal costs associated with hiring a solicitor.

When you claim on a No Win No Fee basis, you don’t need to worry about the cost of hiring a solicitor. They won’t ask you to pay anything upfront or while your claim is ongoing. You also won’t be asked to pay anything in the event that your claim doesn’t succeed.

In fact, you will only be asked to pay your solicitor if you win your case. If this happens, a small, legally capped success fee will be deducted from your compensation. This will be agreed upon before your claim starts, and you will always be left with the majority of the compensation you are awarded.

Related Guides

Below are some links to related subjects that we can assist with at UK Law:

Claiming Compensation as an Agency Worker- If you’d like more information on claiming compensation as an agency worker, our guide may be able to help.

When and How Should I Report a Car Accident?- If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may need to report it. Read our guide for more information.

Claims Against the NHS For Negligence– If you’d like to know more about claiming against the NHS for medical negligence, then our guide can offer more information.

Health and Safety Executive– The HSE aims to reduce work-related illness, injury and death.

Am I Entitled To SSP? Read this link for information on whether you’re owed Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for time off work.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)- RoSPA are a charity that aims to reduce serious accidental injury through skills and knowledge.

Bone Fracture Compensation FAQs

Thank you for taking the time to read this guide about fibula fracture compensation. Below are some frequently asked questions for further help:

Could I claim for a minor fracture?

Yes. It doesn’t matter whether your fracture was relatively minor or severe and life-changing. If you can show that you suffered as a result of the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care, you could claim.

Could I claim if my child broke their foot?

Yes, if your child was injured because of a breach of duty of care, you can claim on their behalf as a ‘litigation friend‘. If you don’t claim while they’re still underage, they will have 3 years from their 18th birthday to claim.

When can you get interim payouts?

Interim payouts are amounts that can be paid to you before the final settlement as a way of helping you cope with costs associated with your injuries. Your request for an interim payment must be reasonable and should be less than the total compensation you’ll be awarded.

How is compensation for multiple injuries calculated?

Sometimes, you may sustain more than one injury in an accident caused by a breach of duty of care. If this is the case, you may be able to receive compensation for all the injuries you have sustained.