Qualifying for Broken Leg Compensation Claims
If you have had the misfortune to break your leg in an accident for which you were not to blame, you may be qualified to make broken leg injury claims for compensation. In order to claim compensation for a broken leg injury, you have to show that somebody who owed you a duty of care was negligent in their actions – or lack of actions – and that their negligence resulted in you sustaining a broken leg injury.
Even if you were partly to blame for the accident which resulted in your broken fibula, you may still be able to make claims for broken fibula injury compensation. However, compensation amounts for broken leg injury claims in Ireland are usually reduced to reflect your own lack of care – especially if you made your leg injury worse by not immediately seeking medical attention or by failing to keep out-patient appointments after being discharged from a hospital or clinic.
Broken Leg Claims in Ireland
Most broken leg injury claims in Ireland have to initially be submitted to the Injuries Board Ireland for an assessment of your broken leg injury compensation claim. The Injuries Board Ireland will organise their own medical examination of your leg injury after obtaining confirmation from the negligent party that they are prepared to accept liability for your broken leg injury, and then calculate the compensation amount for your broken leg claim based on the Book of Quantum and any additional information you have provided them with.
Should you disagree with the Injuries Board Ireland´s calculation of broken leg compensation, you can reject their assessment and be issued with an ”Authorisation” to pursue your broken leg injury claim for compensation in the courts. The negligent party – or, more frequently, their insurance company – also have this right so, until the Injuries Board Ireland issues an “Order to Pay”, you will not know whether your broken leg claim has been successfully resolved or not.
Compensation Amounts for Broken Leg Claims
Although Injuries Board Ireland base their calculations of how much compensation for a broken leg on the guidelines published in the Book of Quantum, compensation amounts for broken leg claims can often be much higher. This is because claims for broken leg compensation should also account for the impact that your broken leg has on your quality of life and lack of ability to achieve everyday tasks.
If you are unable to deal with household chores, drive, attend a social event or participate in your regular leisure pursuits because of your broken leg, you can include these inconveniences and missed opportunities in your claim for broken leg injury compensation. Indeed, it is recommended that you maintain a diary to record the times when your broken leg prevents you from having an active life.
Potential Issues with Claims
There are a number of potential issues with broken leg claims in Ireland which can influence how much compensation for a broken leg injury you receive. The fact that you may have contributed to the cause of your accident or the extent of your leg injury has already been touched upon; but failing to fully complete the assessment form to the Injuries Board for your leg claim or accepting a direct offer of broken leg injury compensation from the negligent party´s insurance company – without first undergoing a professional assessment of your broken leg injury claim – may also negatively affect broken leg claims for compensation.
No two broken leg compensation claims are identical – even when the nature and severity of the leg injury are the same. Making one mistake in the broken leg injury claims process could leave you inadequately compensated and unable to support your family or pay medical bills, and you may have to return to work quicker than you should. If you accept a broken leg compensation settlement that is insufficient for your needs, you cannot go back and ask for more and, for this reason, you should always discuss the circumstances of your accident and the nature of your leg injury with an experienced solicitor at the very beginning of the claims process.
Expert Advice about Compensation
If you believe that you have sustained a broken leg due to the negligence of somebody who owed you a duty of care, and would like a free assessment of your broken leg injury claim for compensation, you are invited to call our helpline on free phone and speak directly with an experienced solicitor who will provide you with expert advice about broken leg injury claims.
Our service is completely free of charge and you are under no obligation to proceed with a broken leg claim for compensation once you have spoken with us. However, if we feel that you have a broken leg injury claim which is worth your while to pursue, we will provide you with all the information you need to decide – in your own time – whether making a claim for broken leg compensation is something you wish to do.
Our lines are open seven days a week from 8.00am to 10.00pm on freephone , or you can take advantage of our call-back request at the bottom of the page, and one of our helpful team will get back in touch to discuss your accident and broken leg injury when it is more convenient for you.