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How To Claim Fractured Vertebrae Compensation

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 6th April 2022. Have you suffered a vertebral fracture in an accident? Was the accident caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care? If so, you may be entitled to fractured vertebrae compensation. Our guide can talk you through the process of making a claim.

We understand that you may have some questions related to making a claim, including:

  • How do you treat fractured vertebrae?
  • How much compensation for a compression fracture could be claimed?
  • How much is the average settlement for a back injury in the UK?

This guide will answer these questions and more to ensure you have as much information as possible about making a personal injury claim. Furthermore, our friendly team of advisers are available 24/7 to offer you free legal advice about your situation.

How Do I Claim For A Vertebral Fracture?

how to claim fractured vertebrae compensation guide

How to claim fractured vertebrae compensation guide

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  1. A Guide To Fractured Vertebrae Compensation Claims
  2. What Is A Fractured Vertebrae Injury?
  3. Anatomy Of Fractured Vertebrae
  4. Signs And Symptoms Of Vertebral Fractures
  5. Causes Of Vertebral And Spinal Compression Fractures
  6. Risk Factors
  7. Diagnosis And Treatment Of Fractured Vertebrae
  8. Complications And Long-Term Health Effects
  9. Fractured Vertebrae Compensation Claims Calculator
  10. What Do Special Damages Compensate Me For?
  11. Who Is Eligible To Claim?
  12. No Win No Fee Fractured Vertebrae Compensation Claims
  13. Speak To Our Team
  14. Learn More About Fractured Vertebrae Compensation Claims
  15. Back And Spinal Injury Statistics
  16. Fractured Vertebrae Compensation FAQs

A Guide To Fractured Vertebrae Compensation Claims

We will begin this article by looking at what a fractured vertebrae injury is. Next, we’ll explore the anatomy of fractured vertebrae and the signs and symptoms of vertebral fractures. There will also be a section discussing the causes of vertebral and spinal compression fractures.

Furthermore, we’ll discuss the risk factors associated with these kinds of injuries and how they are diagnosed and treated. There will also be a section looking a the long-term health effects and complications of vertebrae injuries. Additionally, we’ve created a compensation table to show how much some injuries could be worth.

You may be wondering what your compensation award could consist of. Because of this, we’ve included a section on what kinds of damages your claim could consist of. In addition, we’ll look at the benefits of No Win No Fee agreements and whether our panel of personal injury solicitors work on this basis.

We’ve also included some further guides to give you as much information as possible about fractured vertebrae compensation. Finally, the article will finish off with answers to some frequently asked questions regarding a vertebral compression fracture (VCF) claim.

What Is A Fractured Vertebrae Injury?

A fractured vertebrae injury occurs when one of the bones in your spine is broken. The effects that this kind of accident can have will depend on where in your spine the break occurred. This kind of injury could be caused by an accident, such as a road traffic accident, an accident at work or a public place accident. 

Whilst there are no readily available statistics about vertebrae injuries in general, we can look at statistics of workplace injuries. This can give us an idea of how common a back injury is in the workplace.

The table below includes RIDDOR statistics showing the number of non-fatal injuries to employees in Great Britain by the site of injury throughout 2019/20. Please note that these are reported workplace injuries, so there may be more that weren’t reported through RIDDOR.

As you can see, back injuries were the most common kind of injury reported in this timeframe, with 9,514 injuries being reported. Neck injuries are the least common, with 1,199 reported injuries at work.

Fractured vertebrae compensation statistics graph

Anatomy Of Fractured Vertebrae

Your spine plays an important role in your body. As well as protecting the spinal column, the backbone supports the upper body and facilitates walking and movement. Your spinal column wouldn’t be able to function without the presence of the vertebrae bones.

Here are the spinal column regions:

  • Cervical spine – This is the part of the spine that makes up the neck. It contains 7 vertebrae bones. If the cervical spine suffers a fracture, it can be extremely painful and serious.
  • Thoracic spine – There are 12 vertebrae situated in the middle of the back. Most of these vertebrae are connected to the ribs, which make the middle of the spine stable and rigid.
  • Lumbar spine – 5 vertebrae are situated in the lower back. These are the biggest and strongest vertebrae, and they carry a large portion of the body’s weight. They also bear the strain when you lift or carry things.
  • Coccyx/Sacrum – There are 5 vertebrae that fuse when a baby is developing in the womb that make up the sacrum. The coccyx is made up of four fused vertebrae and can be found at the bottom of the spine.

This is how the vertebrae fit together within the spinal column:

  • Vertebral body – This is the main part of the vertebra. It allows the discs between the vertebrae to attach.
  • Facet joints – The facet joints of the spine are situated on the back part of the vertebrae. They aid movement and flexibility. If the facet is fractured, movement may be more difficult.
  • Pedicle – The pedicles are on the back part of the vertebrae. The pedicles help to keep the spinal cord protected, so a pedicle fracture can result in damage to the spinal cord.

Signs And Symptoms Of Vertebral Fractures

A spinal fracture may present with different symptoms than other injuries, such as a broken finger or a broken femur. This is because the spinal column protects the spinal cord, and a break to the vertebrae can damage this. Below, we have included some symptoms of fractured vertebrae:

  • Back pain that develops suddenly
  • Increased pain when standing and walking
  • Easing of the pain when you lie on your back
  • Limited mobility in your spine

Sometimes, a spinal compression fracture may not present with pain. Therefore, people over 50 should suspect this fracture if they experience a decrease in height, limited mobility in the back, and deformity.

Causes Of Vertebral And Spinal Compression Fractures

Below, we have included some examples of potential causes of spinal and vertebral compression fractures:

  • High impact car accidents – A high impact car accident could cause a vertebral compression fracture due to a sudden blow to the back. Disjointed vertebrae can then cause bruising to the spinal cord. Road users have a duty of care to one another as outlined in the Highway Code. If a driver breaches this duty of care and causes an accident in which you’re injured, you could claim compensation. You can claim even if you’re not a driver yourself; for instance, a pedestrian or passenger who has been injured by third party negligence could be owed compensation.
  • Falls from a height – This can cause a vertebral fracture if someone falls from a height onto their back. The high impact, sudden blow to the back can cause significant damage to the vertebrae and spinal cord. If you suffered a fall from a height while at work, this could be the result of your employer breaching their duty of care towards you as outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As a result, you may be able to claim.
  • A slip or trip could result in a broken vertebra if you land on your back. If this happened in a public place that was not maintained to be safe for use, this could be a breach of duty of care on the part of the person in control of the space. This could violate the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and leave you entitled to claim compensation.

If you have been injured as the result of negligence and the negligent party owed you a duty of care, you may be able to claim. Speak to our team today for more information.

Risk Factors

Osteoporosis can make your bones weak, and as a result, can cause increased susceptibility to vertebrae fractures. Cancer that’s spread to the bones can also weaken them, increasing your risk of experiencing a fractured vertebra.

Osteoporosis can affect anyone, but women are more likely to suffer from it. This is particularly the case if they’ve experienced early menopause. Other things that can increase the risk of osteoporosis include:

  • Heavy smoking and drinking
  • The long-term use of certain medications
  • A low BMI

If you suffer from osteoporosis and have experienced fractured vertebrae due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. It doesn’t matter whether you have a pre-existing condition that makes you more susceptible to this kind of injury. If your injury happened because someone breached their duty of care towards you, you might be able to claim.

You can get in touch with our expert team of advisers today to receive free legal advice and have a chat about your situation. If your claim is promising, an adviser can connect you to an experienced personal injury lawyer from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you.

Diagnosis And Treatment Of Fractured Vertebrae

Vertebrae compression fracture symptoms may present similarly to other injuries or illnesses, such as arthritis or muscle strain from ageing. The severity of the pain can vary significantly from person to person, so it can sometimes be difficult to spot.

Some people don’t experience pain until the fracture becomes significantly worse, whereas some people feel severe pain as soon as the fracture occurs. If you suspect you may have suffered a fractured vertebrae injury, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible to receive a prompt diagnosis and begin treatment.

When someone presents to a medical professional with bank pain, the practitioner will likely conduct a physical examination. This will assess the person’s pain levels, mobility and other symptoms. If they suspect a fracture may have occurred, they may conduct an X-Ray to produce a clear image of the bone.

This image will show if vertebrae are broken or out of place. However, an X-ray may not show additional damage that has been caused by the fracture, for example, to your tendons or muscles.

The practitioner will then develop a treatment plan to help you recover. The most common form of treatment for this injury is non-surgical, and your doctor will advise you on how best to manage your symptoms.

In some cases, you may be given a brace to support your spine. A consultant will advise you on when to wear your brace and how long for.

You may be offered surgery as part of your treatment. Afterwards, your physiotherapist will assess you. They may also give you exercises to perform to facilitate your recovery.

Complications And Long-Term Health Effects

If you experience a vertebral compression fracture, you could develop long-term health problems and disabilities. Furthermore, this type of fracture can restrict mobility and movement, resulting in difficulty walking as the spine has changed shape.

Lack of spine mobility can also cause breathing difficulties and chest problems. Furthermore, long-term back pain can affect someone’s work and social life, often resulting in mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.

If you’ve suffered a spinal compression fracture because of someone else’s negligence, you could claim fractured vertebrae compensation. Our team of advisers are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have and have a chat with you about your situation. They can then assess how much compensation you be eligible for.

Fractured Vertebrae Compensation Claims Calculator

Below, we have included a compensation table that illustrates how much you could receive in compensation for fractured vertebrae. However, you can also use our compensation calculator to value your claim.

The compensation table below includes the latest Judicial College Guidelines figures. However, this table is made up of guideline brackets and the amount you actually receive may vary.

Neck InjuriesSevere (i). This type of neck injury results in complete paraplegia or spastic quadriparesis that’s permanent. In the region of £139,210
Neck InjuriesModerate (i). This includes dislocations or fractures of the neck which could necessitate spinal fusion. £23,460 to £36,120
Back InjuriesSevere (i). Nerve roots and spinal cord damage causing uncommon serious consequences. Pain and disability that is severe will be present. £85,470 to £151,070
Back InjuriesModerate (i). Lumbar vertebrae compression fracture or crush which leads to constant pain and suffering and a significant risk of osteoarthritis. £26,050 to £36,390
Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsSevere (i). Extensive pelvis fractures, for example, a low back joint dislocation and a bladder that’s ruptured. £73,580 to £122,860
Injuries to the Pelvis and HipsModerate (i). The pelvis or hip is significantly injured but it doesn’t result in permanent disability and there’s little chance of future risk. £24,950 to £36,770

Personal injury claims can include general damages and special damages. The above table shows how much you could receive in general damages as part of your claim. This part of your claim covers the physical and psychological impact the injury has had on you. The amount you receive in general damages will depend on how severe the injury is and how long you’re affected.

If you would like a more accurate assessment of the general damages head of your claim, then give our team a call today. One of our advisors could offer you a free, no-obligation valuation of your claim.

What Do Special Damages Compensate Me For?

In contrast to general damages, special damages compensate you for the financial loss the injury has caused you. However, it’s important that you provide evidence to prove this financial loss, or it may be difficult to claim special damages.

Here are some examples of what special damages can compensate for:

  • Care costs – You may need to hire a carer if you need help coping with the symptoms of your injury. For example, you may need someone to clean and cook for you if you’re unable to do so yourself. If you paid for this carer out of your own pocket, special damages could compensate you for the financial loss.
  • Loss of earnings – If you had to take time off work to recover from your injuries, you might have suffered a loss of earnings. You could also claim for a future loss of earnings if you’re not able to return to work because of your injuries.
  • Medication costs – You may have been prescribed medication for your injury that you had to pay for out of pocket. You could gather prescriptions and bank statements to prove this.
  • Travel expenses – Your injury may have required you to travel to and from medical appointments. In this case, you may have had to pay your own money to travel there and back. This could be included in the special damages head of your claim.

To discuss how much compensation you may be able to claim in special damage, you can contact our team of advisers. They’re available around the clock to offer free legal advice and discuss your next steps.

Who Is Eligible To Claim?

If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, then you could be entitled to claim. However, you would need to do this within the appropriate time limit to ensure that it doesn’t become statute-barred.

The personal injury claims time limit is generally three years. These three years run from the exact date of the accident or from when you gained knowledge that your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence. We refer to the latter as the “date of knowledge”.

However, there are some exceptions to this three-year personal injury claims time limit:

  • Child accident claims – If you’re under the age of 18, the three-year time limit begins when your turn 18. Alternatively, if you’d like to make a claim sooner, someone you trust can act as a litigation friend to make a claim for you.
  • Claim on behalf of someone who cannot claim themselves – If someone doesn’t have the mental capacity to make a personal injury claim themselves, a litigation friend can do this for them. If they regain their mental capacity, the three-year limit starts again; otherwise, it’s indefinitely suspended.

If you’re not sure whether you’re still within the time limit to make a claim, our advisors can help. Simply get in touch with our team today for free legal advice.

No Win No Fee Fractured Vertebrae Compensation Claims

Our expert panel of personal injury solicitors are happy to discuss working with claimants on a No Win No Fee basis. A No Win No Fee agreement, or Conditional Fee Agreement, is an agreement between you and your solicitor. It sets out the conditions that they need to meet in order to be able to claim.

This agreement states that you don’t have to pay any of your lawyer’s fees if your case loses. They also won’t ask you to pay an upfront fee or any fees as they are working on your claim.

If your claim wins, your solicitor will deduct a small, legally capped percentage of your compensation. This will ensure that you always receive the majority of the compensation you’re awarded.

Speak To Our Team

Our team of advisers are available around the clock to answers any questions you have and determine how much compensation you could receive in a fractured vertebrae compensation claim.

If you have a legitimate claim, they can connect you to an experienced personal injury lawyer from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you. They’re experts at helping you get more money from an injury claim and assisting you in gathering sufficient evidence to support your claim.

To discuss claiming competition for a vertebrae fracture, you can contact our team of advisers via:

  • Telephone on 0800 073 8804 to have a chat about your situation.
  • Our online claims form to receive a response whenever is best for you.
  • The live chat pop-up box to speak to them straight away.

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Back And Spinal Injury Statistics 

According to Aspire, 2,500 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Previous data suggested the number was closer to 1,000.

These higher figures are thought to be due to reporting being improved and the definition of a spinal cord injury broadening, now including illnesses as a cause as well as accidents. Due to medical advancements, the life expectancy of someone with a spinal cord injury is now similar to that of a non-injured person.

Furthermore, research shows that just one third to a half of people who have recently suffered a back injury are able to receive specialist NHS help.

Fractured Vertebrae Compensation FAQs

How do I claim for multiple injuries?

If you’ve suffered multiple injuries due to negligence, our team of advisers would be happy to discuss whether you can make a claim.

How much compensation do you get for a fractured vertebrae claim?

Fractured vertebrae compensation amounts are calculated differently during each case. If you have a valid claim to make for a fractured vertebrae, then our team of advisers may be able to help calculate a compensation amount that reflects the details of your case.

How much compensation for a compression fracture could be claimed?

Compensation payments for a compression fracture can vary depending on how serious the injury is deemed to be and the long-term effects of the injury. Therefore, there is no specific set compression fracture settlement amount in the UK. However, if you have strong grounds to claim for such an injury, then our advisors may be able to assist with providing an estimate on calculating a potential compensation amount.

Could I claim for the cost of physiotherapy?

Yes, special damages may be able to compensate for this. You would need to provide evidence to show how much you have spent.

How much is the average settlement for a back injury in the UK?

The amount of compensation that may be offered if you can claim for a back injury can vary a lot. Payments are influenced by factors such as what specific type of back injury you have, how serious it is and what long-term consequences it brings. That makes it difficult to come up with an average settlement figure for back injuries. If you have a valid back injury claim, then it’s best to speak to legal advisors who may be able to provide a compensation estimate that reflects the circumstances of your case.

How long do claims take?

Each claim takes a different amount of time, depending on specific circumstances. If you are making a complex claim, this could take longer than a simple claim where liability is clear.

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