The thigh bone or femur is the largest and by far the strongest bone in the human body and is surrounded and connected to two of the body’s most power muscle groups; the biceps femoris at the back and the quadriceps at the front. It is hard to imagine the huge amount of force necessary to cause this mighty to bone to fracture or the acute physical and emotional trauma to the victim of this occurring. In the working environment, the most common cause statistically of a broken thigh is a fall from height. Outside of the workplace the extraordinary violence necessary to affect a fracture is usually only encountered in the horror of a road traffic accident, where severe blunt trauma, crushing or extreme twisting or bending forces reek their havoc on the body.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors are extremely sensitive to the ordeals that people wishing to make a broken thigh injury claims must have endured and are mindful that recovery and adjusting to their distressingly changed circumstances will be their main priority. If the accident that caused the broken thigh can clearly be shown not to have been the fault of the victim but caused by the negligence, wilful act or legal omission of another party then one of our experienced compensation claim solicitors will move swiftly to amass the necessary documentation to enable the claim to be made and will then negotiate it through to the fairest and most beneficial outcome of the client. Whilst the client will be fully involved and informed, our legal professional will represent them and entirely carry the burden of ensuring that the compensation to which the client is entitled is quickly and effectively secured. In circumstances where a client might be unable to work or might have completely lost their independence of mobility and be dependant on others, it is recognised that speed in obtaining injury compensation can be crucial.
Broken thigh compensation claims – collecting the evidence
This collecting of information to support the claim will usually, in case of broken thigh injury claims, necessitate obtaining a detailed medical report from a senior orthopaedic consultant detailing the extent of the injury, the course of treatment and the prognosis. This information will be the main plank in assessing the amount of the Special Damages for the pain and suffering experienced by the victim and also the amount of General Damages – compensation for any future loss of earning and the additional costs the victim has and will have to incur as a result of their injury and its after effects. Should the accident have occurred in a workplace then it must be able to be demonstrated that ‘on the balance of probabilities’ an employer was aware of unsafe practises and had done nothing to rectify the situation and was thus in breach of their duty of care under the Safety at Work Act 1974. In addition witnesses to the accident will be requested to provide statements and if the injury was the result of a road traffic accident, Police records will be accessed.
Making a broken thigh injury claim is usually just the start of the journey back to normality travelled by the victim of such an injury. They might have suffered a mild proximal femur fracture to the uppermost portion of the thigh, which will, after a few weeks immobilisation, heal completely and with few or no after effects. Or, their injury might be a femoral staff fracture which are almost always complex and severe and which require surgery which might include the insertion of an intramedullary rod (a metal rod inserted down through the length of the bone). There is the risk of arthritis developing should the injury be classified a supracondylar femur fracture, situated just above the knee and usually affecting the knee cartilage as well as the bone. Effectively immobilised, perhaps in ongoing pain and discomfort, earning a living become impossible for those whose work involved lower body movement and difficult for those who have more sedentary roles. For the self employed the loss of earnings can be difficult to cope with. And for everyone with a broken thigh comes the need to depend on others for transport, help around the house and perhaps even personal care.
Everyone’s circumstances will differ but the commonality will be an unwelcome life-change, which, depending on the severity of the injury, might be short-term or last for the rest of the accident victim’s life. Our solicitors who specialise in broken thigh injury claims, will factor into a claim every last detail pertinent to their client’s current and predicted future circumstances resulting from their injury helping their client to make the very best they can out of a bad situation.
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