Claiming Compensation for Fractured Cheekbones


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Friday 19 October 2018


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Suffering from an accident that leads to fractured cheekbones is often more serious than is initially believed. The cheekbones include part of the eye socket, as well as connecting to the nose and jaw. It provides the lower support for the eye and damage done to the cheekbone can result in serious repercussions for your vision.

Fractured cheekbones can require extensive surgery, and can result in an unwanted scar, leaving the victim with emotional and psychological issues as well as the more obvious physical pains.

The courts take actions that result in a fractured cheekbone with appropriate seriousness and will award financial claims that are commensurate with the injury.

If you have suffered from a fractured cheekbone, Accident Line Direct are here to help you.

How much can I claim for a cheekbone fracture?

A set of guidelines exist for the courts to follow when awarding a compensation claim for personal injury. The figures for fractures of the cheekbone are as follows:

Severity Compensation
Simple fracture of cheekbone for which no surgery is required and where a complete recovery is effected£1,850 to £2,390
Simple fracture of cheekbones for which some reconstructive surgery is necessary but from which there is a complete recovery£3,470 to £5,150
Serious fractures which need surgery but with lasting consequences such as paraesthesia in the cheeks or the lips or some element of disfigurement£8,130 to £12,580

When assessing the amount for a final compensation award, the courts will take into account many factors. These include:

  • The level of pain suffered

  • Any emotional or psychological damage

  • Loss of earnings

  • The cost of medical care

  • Any change to future quality of life

  • Any expenses as a result of the injury – for example, transport costs to hospital appointments

It is worth keeping a complete record of any costs in relation to your cheekbone injury, as well as keeping a diary of the pain and other effects of the injury. These can then be given due consideration by the court if requested.

How do cheekbone fractures happen?

Road traffic accident

One of the more common causes for a cheekbone fracture is a road traffic accident (RTA). Often these are thought of as ‘car accidents’, which always put to mind the claimant as being a driver or passenger in a car, but another situation which can cause a cheekbone fracture is being hit by a car while cycling. The resultant fall to the ground can have a significant impact on the face and a cheekbone fracture is often incurred consequently.

Thankfully, airbags and other car safety equipment help to minimise the chance of a cheekbone fracture when suffering a minor car crash, but more substantial impacts can outweigh the safety features of the car.

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault and sustained a cheekbone injury as a result, then there is a strong likelihood that you would be able to successfully claim for compensation.

Accident at work

Trips and falls at work can also result in a facial impact that leads to a fracture. While at work, your employer has a duty of care to ensure that the environment you work in is safe and free of hazards. A failure to uphold the UK’s health and safety regulations as determined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) means that your employer is liable for any injury you have suffered while working.

If you had an accident at work, think about the following things:

  • Were you adequately trained with any equipment you were wearing?

  • Were you provided with appropriate protective clothing if in a hazardous environment?

  • Was the local area safe to traverse? Dry and free from obstruction?

  • If there was an obstruction or other hazard, such as a spill, was it properly barriered off and signposted?

  • Was the area adequately lit?

  • Was the correct level of first aid properly given?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, then it is likely that your employer failed in his or her responsibilities.

Accidents while out

Just like a place of employment, the owner of a public venue has a legal duty of care to all patrons. If you suffered an accident while out, whether a simple fall, or even if part of the building collapsed onto you, then the owner of the business is responsible.

If you had an accident while out, even if that was while walking on council-controlled pavements, then you could be legitimately able to make a claim for compensation for your cheekbone fracture.

Assault

If you have been in a fight that you didn’t start, or if you were assaulted and a cheekbone fracture was the result, then you can claim against your attacker. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authorities are responsible for helping ensure that you, the victim, receives the appropriate level of financial compensation for any attack upon your person – even when the defendant doesn’t have the funds to pay the court-appointed award.

Is there a time-limit to my claim?

Your personal injury claim needs to be set in motion within three years from the date of the injury. If you are unsure of the exact times, contact us without delay to have the maximum possible chance of pursuing your claim.

How do I make a claim?

Contact Accident Line Direct to begin the process. Our experienced and compassionate team will be able to assess the likelihood of a successful claim and then pass the case on to an appropriate solicitor, specialised in personal injury claims.

At Accident Line Direct, we believe that everyone has the right to full compensation, whether or not they have the funds available for top-quality legal representation. To facilitate this, we work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you can engage our services without any cost to you. Nothing at all.

No Win No Fee means that there are no hidden costs or complicated small print. We make our money by taking a small percentage from your final compensation award – if you win, so do we! This way, there is no worry about paying up-front from your stretched finances, and we are as invested in the success of the case as you are. Our lawyers will work to their finest in order to secure the largest possible financial award and give you the greatest chance of a successful compensation case.

What about the person I claim against? Will I put my work out of business?

It is normal to worry about your employer and the friends you have that work there. Many sensationalist reports exist promoting the idea that small businesses immediately fold upon a single compensation claim – the reality is very different.

All businesses should have business liability insurance to protect the company from its mistakes. When you make a claim, it is paid by the insurance company and the defending business is left to learn, improve and continue trading. The worst financial effect your claim does is to raise their annual insurance premiums! No worse than the loss of a car no-claims bonus!

Who should I call?

Give us at Accident Line Direct a call today, or if you prefer, fill in our simple contact form to have one of our advisors give you a call back at a time more convenient to you.

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