Due to their proximity, it is possible to break both the tibia and fibula bones in the leg at the same time. Breaking any bone in the body is likely to be painful and cause quite a few problems. However, breaking two bones at the same time can be even harder to deal with. If your tibia and fibula were broken in an accident that wasn’t your fault, we could help you to seek damages for your suffering. This guide will look at how much compensation for a broken tibia and fibula could be awarded and the process of making a claim.
Our advisors are specially trained to help you begin a personal injury claim. They’ll review your case during a no-obligation telephone consultation and explain your options for free. If it looks like you may have a chance of being compensated, you’ll be referred to one of our solicitors. They’ll make your claim as stress-free as possible if they agree to represent you by working on a No Win No Fee basis.
To find out more about broken tibia and fibula compensation claims please read on. Alternatively, please feel free to call us on 0800 6524 881 if you’d like us to check your options right away.
Table of contents
- How Are The Tibia And Fibula Bones Broken?
- Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For A Broken Tibia And Fibula?
- Common Accidents That Cause Tibia And Fibula Fractures
- How Much Compensation Will I Get For A Broken Tibia And Fibula?
- What’s The Average Settlement For A Broken Tibia And Fibula?
- Evidence To Support Your Compensation Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Broken Tibia And Fibula Compensation
- Starting The Claims Process
The tibia (shin bone) and fibula (calf bone) are the long bones in the lower leg between the knee and the ankle. The tibia is the larger and thicker of the two. A broken tibia and fibula can occur when the leg becomes planted on the ground and twisted or following a hard direct blow to the leg. Tibia and fibula fractures are quite common in young children.
Fractures of the leg bones are usually classified as low-energy (twist or falls from low height) or high-energy (car crashes or falls from height).
If the bone is aligned properly after the accident, a plaster cast might be applied to allow natural healing. If the bone is not aligned, it may need to be manipulated by a doctor. In more serious cases, tibia and fibula fractures may require surgery where pins and plates are used to realign the bones.
Importantly, you may be eligible to claim compensation for a broken tibia and fibula if the incident that caused your injuries happened because of somebody else.
Some of the common symptoms associated with tibia and fibula fractures include:
- Severe pain especially when putting weight on the foot.
- Cuts and bleeding (for open wounds).
- Limited range of movement.
- Gait problems.
You should seek medical advice if you think you’ve broken a leg because you’ll only get the correct treatment if your injury is x-rayed and diagnosed correctly.
Our team of personal injury solicitors try to help as many claimants as possible, including those who have broken their tibia and fibula. However, to offer a No Win No Fee service, they can only take on a claim that has a realistic chance of success. Therefore, before accepting a claim, they will assess whether:
- The claimant (you) was owed a legal duty of care by the defendant; and
- Your accident occurred because the defendant was negligent; and
- You broke your tibia and fibula in that accident.
Don’t worry if you’re not sure about whether a duty of care existed as your solicitor will verify this for you. Essentially, most organisations have a duty of care to protect visitors to their premises as well as their staff. Similarly, local authorities have a duty of care to keep the paths and highways safe and all motorists have a duty of care to protect others while driving.
When you call for a free consultation, we’ll review your case in detail for you and let you know if one of our solicitors could help you to claim compensation.
In theory, it’s possible to break a tibia or fibula, or both in many different ways. Therefore, we won’t list every possible accident here but we will show you some of the more common ones that could lead to a broken tibia and fibula compensation claim. They include:
- Work accidents. If you’ve broken your tibia and fibula in a work accident, for example, a fall from height from scaffolding. If your employer was at fault because they didn’t provide appropriate personal protective equipment or failed to adhere to health and safety regulations, a compensation claim may be possible.
- School and playground accidents. It is quite common for a child to break the bones in their legs during a fall. If they do so in an accident at school and the accident was caused by some form of negligence, you could claim compensation for your child.
- Road traffic accidents. A broken tibia and fibula can occur if you’re the driver or passenger involved in a head-on collision. Additionally, cyclists and motorcyclists can break their legs if they are thrown off their bikes. If another driver caused a car accident in which you were injured as a passenger or as the driver, you might be eligible to claim for your suffering.
- Sporting injuries. While there is always a risk when playing some sports (especially contact sports), you could still be compensated if you’ve been injured because of somebody else’s negligence. For example, if you broke your tibia and fibula because the pitch was unsafe, you may have grounds to make a sports injury claim.
- Slips, trips and falls. As you might imagine, it’s quite easy to twist your leg and break the tibia and fibula bones during a fall. Therefore, you may wish to start a claim if you slipped on a wet floor where there were no warning signs, tripped on a cable laid across your office, or tripped on a pothole or damaged manhole cover.
If you’ve broken your tibia and fibula in a public place accident or whilst working, call our team for free advice to see if you might be entitled to compensation for your suffering.
The amount of compensation you’d get for a broken tibia and fibula (if your claim is successful) will usually depend on general and special damages. A typical settlement might include compensation for:
- The physical pain endured.
- Any psychological trauma caused by distress, depression or anxiety.
- Lost income.
- Care costs such as the time a partner spent looking after you.
- Any negative impact on your usual social activities and hobbies.
- Physiotherapy for your broken tibia and fibula and other private medical costs.
- Parking, fuel and other transport costs.
- The cost of replacing property damaged during the accident (clothing, phones, jewellery etc).
- Modifications to your vehicle or home if they’ll improve your quality of life (for longer-term disabilities only).
If you work with one of our personal injury solicitors, they’ll always aim to secure the maximum compensation possible on your behalf.
To help calculate what the average settlement for a broken tibia and fibula is, we can refer to the guideline compensation amounts (for general damages) as advised by the Judicial College.
- Up to £11,840 compensation for a simple broken tibia or fibula with some ongoing symptoms.
- £7,080 – £9,000 compensation is likely for a simple broken tibia or fibula where there has been a complete recovery.
Compensation for a broken tibia and fibula will be primarily based on the severity of the injury and its impact on the claimant’s life. Therefore, as part of the claims process, you’ll need an independent medical assessment so that an expert can determine your prognosis.
It is always important to be able to show exactly how your broken tibia and fibula happened, who caused it and how you’ve suffered as a result. If you can’t, it’s likely that the defendant’s insurers (who you’ll usually claim against) will try not to compensate you. Therefore, you should try to collect as much of the following evidence as possible:
- Accident scene photographs. If taken as early as possible, these can help show what caused the accident to happen.
- Details of any witnesses. Your solicitor may need to contact anybody else who saw your accident and ask them for a statement.
- Medical records. After your injuries have been treated by a hospital, your medical records can be obtained to help prove the type of injury you sustained.
- Dashcam or CCTV footage. This is another way of proving how the accident happened. The footage isn’t kept for long though so request it as soon as you can.
If you’re struggling to obtain evidence or would like us to review what you’ve got already, please get in touch and let us know.
As you may know already, there is a 3-year limitation period for personal injury claims in the UK. For most broken bone claims, this will begin on the date you were injured.
Beginning your claim quickly may mean your solicitor can secure an interim payment for personal injuries to cover the cost of private physio or remedial care. It should also make it easier to secure evidence.
If your child has broken their bones, the time limit does not apply as long as you begin a claim on their behalf before their 18th birthday.
Please call our advice centre on 0800 6524 881 today if you’d like to begin the claims process. One call should be all it takes for you to find out if you’re eligible to claim.
If your claim is accepted, one of our solicitors will represent you on a No Win No Fee basis meaning you’ll only pay their fees if you receive a compensation payout.
Please use our live chat feature if you’ve any further questions on how much compensation for a broken tibia and fibula you may be entitled to.