Fractured And Broken Jaw Injury Compensation
How To Claim Compensation For A Fractured Or Broken Jaw
By Daniel Dean. Last updated on 17th December 2021. Welcome to our guide on broken jaw compensation. Have you suffered a broken or fractured jaw injury that wasn’t your fault? If so, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. In this guide, we look at how broken jaw injury compensation claims work. How jaw injuries can be diagnosed and why they could occur is also examined.
We also look at the treatment options available for this type of injury. We can also advise on how to get specialist advice if you want to claim compensation for a jaw injury.
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Services And Information
- Everything You Need To Know About Broken Jaw Injury Compensation Claims
- What Is A Fractured Or Broken Jaw Injury?
- Jaw Anatomy Explained
- How Does A Jaw Get Broken Or Fractured?
- What Are The Symptoms Of A Broken Jaw?
- Diagnosing And Treated A Broken Jaw
- Calculating Fractured And Broken Jaw Injury Compensation
- Slip, Trip And Fall Broken Jaw Injuries
- Criminal Assault Broken Jaw Injuries
- Road Traffic Accident Broken Jaw Injuries
- Misdiagnosed Fractured And Broken Jaw Injuries
- Do You Handle Broken Jaw Injury Compensation Claims On A No Win No Fee Basis?
- Contact Us For More Help
- Other Information
- FAQs About Broken Jaw Injury Compensation
There is a wide range of potential incidents which could cause your jaw to become fractured or broken. It may happen as a result of a slip, trip or fall. It could also happen if you are assaulted. Sports-related accidents can also potentially cause a broken jaw. Or it could be an injury you sustain in a road traffic accident.
Whatever the exact cause is, a fractured or broken jaw is an injury that you could potentially claim compensation for. When weighing up a potential claim after suffering this injury, there are a few questions to ask.
- Was someone else at fault for the incident that caused your injury and did they owe you a duty of care?
- If so, can you prove whoever’s at fault breached the duty of care owed to you?
- Can you also prove that your injury was a direct result of this breach of duty?
If your answer is yes to these questions, then you could have a good chance of successfully claiming broken jaw injury compensation. Read on to learn more about how this type of injury is identified and how to claim for it.
What should I do if I suffer a fractured or broken jaw in an accident? Can I claim compensation?
If you suffer a broken jaw in an accident, then your first priority should be to get the medical treatment you require for your injuries. You should keep hold of any records or other evidence of your medical treatment. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else, then you may be entitled to compensation. However, you may be unsure of what to do next.
If you intend to make a claim, you should gather supporting evidence after receiving your medical treatment. In addition to any medical evidence (such as a medical report) you may have, other evidence that could support your claim could include photos, CCTV footage or witness contact details.
When you’ve gathered all the evidence you can acquire, you could then choose to contact a solicitor who can help support your case. If you do want to hire a solicitor, we recommend that you choose one who specialises in the type of accident you’re claiming for. So if, for example, your injuries came from a road traffic accident, it would be a good idea to choose a solicitor with experience in handling road traffic accident claims.
If you choose a solicitor to support your claim, they’ll review the information and evidence you can provide. Your solicitor should then let you know if they think your case has a good chance of success. If they do, you could then sign an agreement with the solicitor. They should then guide you through all the formal procedures you must follow for your compensation claim.
If you’d like to connect with a solicitor, we can help. Our specialist panel of lawyers cover a wide array of claim types, from accidents at work to public liability claims. Simply get in touch to learn more.
Can I claim compensation for a broken jaw on behalf of a child?
If a child suffers a broken jaw due to an accident, you could potentially claim compensation on their behalf. Like with cases involving adults, it will need to be proven that negligence by someone else caused the accident and injury.
Children cannot claim compensation for injuries on their own behalf. This is not possible until they reach the age of 18. However, a claim can be started on a child’s behalf by a representative called a litigation friend. This representative could be someone who is close to the child, such as a parent or guardian.
Can I Claim Fractured Jaw Compensation If I Was At Fault?
It’s still possible to claim broken jaw compensation if the accident that caused the injury was partially your fault. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll receive a full payout if this is the case. Split liability is when both you and a third party act negligently.
You could still deserve to be compensated for your broken jaw in these instances. But a calculation will be made to decide what percentage of the full amount you’re actually entitled to.
For example, if your injury is worth £10,000 but your broken jaw was not entirely the defendant’s fault, it’s unlikely that you’ll be awarded 100% of this amount. The two parties will usually come to an agreement as to how to split the liability. If this can’t be agreed upon, the case may go to court and a judge will make a ruling as to how liable you were in the accident.
If you were deemed to be 50% liable for your injuries, you would be awarded £5,000 instead of the full amount of £10,000. If you were deemed to be 30% responsible, then you would only receive £3,000 in broken jaw compensation in this instance. And so on.
So, if you feel like your own negligence contributed to your injuries, don’t feel like you’re completely ineligible to receive fractured jaw compensation. It’s possible that you could still make a claim.
Time limits for claiming compensation for a broken jaw
In many circumstances, there is a time limit for when you can start a compensation claim for a broken jaw injury caused by an accident. This time limit is typically 3 years from the date the accident took place.
There can be exceptions to this time limit, depending on how the injury occurred. Circumstances surrounding the person with the injury can also change the time limit.
For example, if someone under the age of 18 suffers a broken jaw in an accident, then the three-year time limit for claiming is frozen for that person. The time limit will only start from the person’s 18th birthday.
If someone who suffers a broken jaw injury lacks the mental capacity to claim on their own behalf, the three-year time limit is also frozen in this circumstance. The time limit will activate if the injured person later recovers enough mental capacity that they can reasonably start a claim on their own. A litigation friend can potentially start an injury claim on behalf of someone who currently lacks the mental capacity to act on their own behalf.
The jaw features a pair of bones that form the framework of the mouth. If one or both of these bones gets damaged, then it is considered fractured or broken.
A jaw bone fracture can occur due to direct force or trauma to the jawbone. If the jawbone is fractured, then the injury should receive immediate medical attention. If left untreated, a fractured jaw can possibly lead to bleeding and/or breathing difficulties.
What is a dislocated jaw?
A dislocated jaw is a different injury compared to having a fractured/broken jaw. Basically, a dislocated jaw is when the lower jawbone has moved out of its usual position.
This can happen if the joints which connect the lower jawbone to the skull become broken. To treat this injury properly, a medical expert needs to manipulate the dislocated jaw back into its correct position. Doing so will allow the jaw to heal properly.
The same kind of incidents that can cause a jaw to be fractured can also potentially lead to dislocation.
The human jaw is made up of bones, muscles and joints which all work together to allow people to bite, chew and handle food. There are different parts of the jaw that you may hear or read about while receiving treatment for a jaw injury or making a claim on this type of injury.
Parts that make up the jaw include the following:
- Alveolar Process – The thickened ridge in the upper jaw bone which holds the upper teeth
- Jaw Muscle – Attaches either side to the face and passes into the neck
- Mandible – The lower jaw bone
- Maxilla – The upper jaw bone
- Ramus – The name for the part of the mandible to the sides and back of the lower jaw
- Temporomandibular – The joints which connect the lower jawbone to the skull (also known as the chewing joints)
There are numerous types of incidents that can cause a jaw to become broken or fractured. Potential causes for this type of injury can include the following:
- A slip, trip or fall in which you land on your face or collide with an object
- Physical assault, such as being punched in the face
- Road traffic accident, such as in head-on collisions or instances when the car you’re in rolls
- Sports-related injury
- Workplace/industrial accident, such as a heavy object striking you
If you’ve been injured in any of these ways through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with our personal injury claims team on the number at the top of this page to learn more.
Having a broken jaw can cause numerous painful symptoms. The symptoms can include the following:
- Bleeding inside the mouth
- Facial shape abnormalities (such as lumps)
- Limited movement of the jaw
- Loosened or missing teeth
- Numbness in the gums and jaw area
- Pain or tenderness when chewing or speaking
- Swelling or bruising of the jaw
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a broken jaw, they can be very uncomfortable to live with. It is wise to get your symptoms looked at by a doctor as soon as possible. When you see a doctor, they will ask about your symptoms and examine you for signs of a broken jaw. They’ll also ask how you injured yourself and they may ask about your medical history too.
You may have an x-ray to confirm your jaw is broken, although this isn’t always necessary. Sometimes, additional scans may be needed after an x-ray. These can include an MRI scan or CT scan. These scans can create more detailed images of the bones in your jaw.
How a broken jaw is treated depends on the severity of the injury. The potential methods for treating a broken jaw can include the following:
Pain relief medicine
Before and after any other treatments for your fracture, you may be prescribed medication by your doctor to reduce pain symptoms. You may also be prescribed antibiotics after any surgical treatment for your broken jaw.
Small metal plates may be fixed to the bones around your mouth to help the fractured area of your jaw to heal. Essentially, the plates are screwed into the bones on either side of the fracture. This holds the bones firmly together and promotes proper healing.
Jaws wired together
If your fracture is near to the jaw joint, it may be necessary to wire your jaws together for several weeks. This is because inserting a metal plate near a joint is usually difficult. Therefore, a metal bar may be attached to the teeth in both jaws by means of small wires. The upper and lower jaws are joined together with either elastic bands or wires, with the former being easier to remove.
There are numerous important questions you may have when wanting to claim compensation for a broken jaw injury. One of your questions may be along the lines of ‘how much compensation will I get for a broken jaw if I win my case?’
Compensation payouts for jaw fractures can vary a lot. They depend heavily on the severity of your injury, how long it will take to recover and the long-term impact. You may also have suffered other facial injuries in addition to your broken jaw, and these should be factored into your compensation too.
Below is a table that you can use to calculate your potential compensation based on estimated payouts for jaw fractures and other facial injuries you may have experienced in your accident. The figures are taken from the Judicial College guidelines, which solicitors may use to value injuries.
|Fracture of Jaws||Very serious multiple fractures||£28,610 to £42,730|
|Fracture of Jaws||A serious fracture||£16,860 to £28,610|
|Fracture of Jaws||A simple fracture||£6,060 to £8,200|
|Damage to Teeth||Loss of or serious damage to several front teeth||£8,200 to £10,710|
|Damage to Teeth||Loss of or serious damage to two front teeth||£4,080 to £7,160|
|Damage to Teeth||Loss of or serious damage to one front tooth||£2,070 to £3,710|
|Damage to Teeth||Loss of or serious damage to back teeth (per tooth)||£1,020 to £1,600|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Very Severe||£27,940 to £91,350|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less Severe||£16,860 to £45,440|
|Face Injury - Scarring||Less Significant||£3,710 to £12,900|
The injuries listed in the table could be covered by your compensation payout under a head of claim known as general damages. It’s possible that your compensation payout will also cover financial factors under a second head of claim called special damages.
Money for special damages can cover the financial losses you’ve experienced as a direct result of your injuries. This could include the following:
- Cost of medical care
- The cost of travel to receive medical care
- Loss of earnings due to having to take unpaid time off work
To gain a more precise idea of what you could be entitled to in general damages, or to learn what else you can factor into a claim for special damages, just get in touch with our personal injury advisers on the number at the top of this page.
A broken jaw injury can potentially occur as a result of a slip, trip or fall. These types of accidents can happen pretty much anywhere, including potentially your workplace or in a public area.
For instance, you could trip on a raised paving stone or kerb and fall onto your face. You might slip over on some spilt liquid or food in a supermarket and hit your head against some shelving. The same situations could arise in a workplace setting too.
If you do slip, trip or fall and suffer a broken jaw as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Provided that someone else was to blame for your accident and that person owed you a duty of care, then you’re more likely to have a strong case for claiming.
If the accident happened at work, it’s possible that you could claim compensation from your employer if they failed in their duty of care. Alternatively, if you experienced your injury in a public place, then the company responsible for that area could be found to have breached their duty of care.
So if you’ve been injured following a slip, trip or fall, get in touch with our team to learn more about your right to claim compensation.
If you’ve been assaulted in a criminal act, then a broken jaw could be one of your potential injuries. This can occur as a result of a punch, kick or being hit with a heavy object. If this applies to you, then you could make a broken jaw assault claim. Injuries caused by criminal acts are normally claimed through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
Your solicitor could submit a claim to the CICA for an assault you suffered within two years of the date it occurred. You will also need to have reported the crime to the police and obtain a crime reference number from them.
A claim could be made for a broken jaw caused by other types of violent crime. This could include GBH, for instance. Assault claims for broken jaws or other injuries usually operate a little differently from standard personal injury claims. We can help you with these too. Just get in touch to find out more.
Road traffic accidents (RTA) can possibly cause you to suffer a broken jaw. If you were not fully to blame for the accident, then you could claim compensation for your jaw injury. This applies to any drivers, passengers or pedestrians who may suffer a broken jaw in a traffic accident.
There are lots of potential ways that a road traffic accident can lead to a broken jaw. What matters when claiming for your injury is whether another road user can be held liable for the accident that caused it. This can be established by proving the other driver breached The Highway Code or the Road Traffic Act 1988.
We can help you with claims for injuries sustained in road traffic accidents too. Simply get in touch with our team to learn how.
If you see a doctor, your GP or another medical expert because you have symptoms of a broken jaw, it’s reasonable to expect an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes though, a broken jaw may not be diagnosed correctly. Misdiagnosis of this injury can potentially lead to extra problems. If you’re left without proper treatment of your injury, then the symptoms could get worse over time.
One possible way a broken jaw may be misdiagnosed is if the doctor or hospital checking you does not have an x-ray done. Alternatively, an x-ray may have happened but the results were not assessed properly.
You could claim compensation against a medical expert or hospital if it can be proven that they failed to diagnose your broken jaw properly. You can contact UK Law for free specialist advice on making a medical negligence claim.
If you’re worried about being able to afford legal representation, then we may have just the solution for you. All of the lawyers on our panel work under a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that you won’t be obligated to pay their fees unless they are successful in helping you win your case. They would then be paid in the form of a small percentage taken from your fractured jaw compensation amount.
If your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t need to pay them any fees. There are no hidden fees or upfront costs. No Win No Fee arrangements are put in place so that anyone can afford to hire legal representation should they choose.
You can make a claim without a lawyer. However, having a No Win No Fee legal professional at your side could help you to be awarded the broken jaw compensation that you deserve.
If you still have any questions about claiming compensation for a jaw injury, then we are happy to help. You can contact UK Law to receive free specialist advice from our panel of lawyers. We can answer any questions you may have about your potential claim. You can reach us through the following methods:
- Through our online live chat service
- By making a request through our claim online form
- By calling us on 020 3870 4868
You can check out the links to our guides below which focus on different types of accidents that could lead to a broken jaw or other injuries:
This guide focuses on the different ways a slip, trip or fall accident can occur and how you can claim compensation for them.
This guide provides an in-depth focus on the different types of car accidents which can occur and how to claim if you have one.
A cycling accident can cause a vast range of potential injuries, including possibly a broken jaw. This guide focuses on how claims for cycling accidents work.
Video evidence is useful to have. You can present it during your claim. If you appear in CCTV footage, you have a right to request it. This step is best taken sooner rather than later. Footage can be deleted either intentionally, accidentally, or by an automated process.
An NHS guide containing useful information on this subject.
More specific detail on jaw fractures.
Find out how much you can claim for criminal injuries.
How much does it cost to fix a broken jaw?
The cost of fixing a broken jaw injury is based on certain factors. It depends on how severe the injury is and if the incident which caused the broken jaw damaged other body parts near the jaw.
How serious is a broken jaw?
The severity of a broken jaw injury can vary from case to case. Relatively minor cases of a jaw fracture can lead to full recovery. More severe cases of this injury can lead to long-term or even permanent effects on an individual.
How long does a CICA claim take?
There are no specific timescales set when a claim to CICA is made. A case could take between 12 and 18 months, or it may take less or more time depending on the case’s complexity.
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