Accidents in bars: thirteen people injured after floor collapsed

Thirteen people have suffered injuries after a mezzanine floor collapsed at an east London pub. Accidents in bars can be relatively common. However, if an accident such as this happens, then you may be able to make a compensation claim. 

According to recent reports, firefighters rescued seven people who were trapped after the collapse. Four of these then went to hospital.  

London Fire Brigade station commander Sacha Clement said crews found seven people who were trapped upstairs on the remaining part of the mezzanine floor. 

“Crews used a ladder to bridge between the floor and the internal staircase to get them safely out of the building,” the station commander said. 

LFB said crews from three fire engines from Homerton, Bethnal Green and Leyton fire stations and two rescue units from East Ham and Edmonton stations attended the scene. 

A spokesman for Tower Hamlets Council said it is working with the emergency services and a structural engineer to assess the privately-owned building. A statement from the bar said the venue would remain closed “for now”. They added: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected.” It said “thankfully” no-one had sustained critical injuries.  

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Accidents in Bars 

There are many different accidents in bars, pubs and nightclubs that could cause accidents for both patrons and employees – more so when you take into account alcohol consumption. Common causes include: 

  • Drink spillages and broken glass on the floor 
  • Poor lighting 
  • Cluttered stairways 
  • Defective flooring 
  • Unsafe furniture 

The landlord who owns the pub, bar or nightclub has a duty of care to ensure they maintain all interior and exterior areas, such as car parks and beer gardens. This means they are obliged to keep patrons and workers safe from harm. However, landlords can sometimes fail to spot or repair something that could potentially cause an accident. This is when you could potentially have the right to claim for compensation. 

All bar owners must make sure they follow the rules set out in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. They must do this to minimise the risk of accidents happening. If you have an accident in a bar, pub, or nightclub, and it is due to the fault of the owner or landlord, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.  

How We Can Help 

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents in bars. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts. 

Northern Gas Networks Ltd fined after fatal gas explosion

Northern Gas Networks Ltd were recently sentenced for safety breaches after a fatal fire and gas explosion accident at a residential premises in Mirfield. 

Leeds Crown Court heard that, on 11 February 2019, West Yorkshire Fire service attended a fire and explosion in Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, West Yorks. They discovered the occupier during a search of the property whilst it was still on fire. She unfortunately died the following morning in Pinderfields General Hospital. 
 
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the source of the gas escape was a fractured six inch cast iron main running under the carriageway to the front of the property. The investigation found that the main did not appear on Northern Gas Networks drawings. Therefore, they had not maintained it in accordance with the Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996. 
 
Northern Gas Networks Ltd of Thorpe Business Park, Colton, Leeds pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company paid a fine of £5 million and costs of £91,487. 
 
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Casey said: “This incident, that put the lives of the elderly residents of a care home at risk and cost a homeowner her life, has highlighted a failure by Northern Gas Networks Limited to follow their own safety procedures, in this case requiring the prompt and effective investigation and correction of anomalies in their records. Other gas network operators should take the opportunity to learn from this tragic incident.” 

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Fatal Accidents 

Losing someone you love in a fatal accident can be devastating emotionally. It can also affect you economically if you were financially dependent on the deceased. During this difficult time, compensation may be available to help families deal with their changing circumstances. 

Pursuing compensation in fatal accident claims can be complex and time-consuming during what undoubtedly is a very distressing time for the family.  We understand this and use our experience and dedication to process your claim as quickly and compassionately as possible. 

Fatal accident claims differ from other types of personal injury compensation claims because there are two routes to compensation. Put simply, you can make a claim for fatal accident compensation if you are either: 

  • Executor for the “estate” of the deceased for the losses suffered by the deceased during his lifetime 
  • One of the dependants of the deceased under the Fatal Accident Act 1976. 

Often these groups of people are the same. They are usually the spouse, children and/or parents of the deceased.  

How we can help with fatal gas explosion accidents

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes fatal gas explosions. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts. 

Accidents in Restaurants 

 Many of us visit restaurants on a regular basis. We don’t expect anything to happen to us when we do so. The vast majority of restaurants across the UK are diligent in their duty of care towards their customers. However, there are situations when accidents in restaurants can occur as well as illness.  

All restaurant owners must make sure they follow the rules set out in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. They must do this to minimise the risk of accidents happening. If you have an accident in a restaurant, and it is due to the fault of the restaurant owner, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim. 

Common Accidents in Restaurants

  • Slipping on wet floors 
  • Trips and falls 
  • Badly maintained facilities 
  • Food poisoning 

Restaurant owners must ensure that the restaurant is fit for purpose and a safe environment for those invited or permitted to be there.  

Restaurant operators need to be vigilant, display clear warning signs and not only abide by the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 but also their duty of care to customers and those invited onto the premises. 

It is worth noting that this obligation also takes in any surrounding premises for which the restaurant owner is responsible. So, if any incidents were to occur in the restaurant’s car park or the entrance to the restaurant this might also leave open a potential case for compensation. 

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Accidents in Restaurants for Staff 

If you are a staff member working in a restaurant, you may also have an accident at work. Restaurant kitchens can be very unsafe places if owners do not maintain and clean them properly. If restaurants aren’t kept safe for staff, and you have an accident, then your employer may be at fault, and you may be able to make a claim. 

Some of the most common accidents in restaurants for staff include: 

  • Slipping in spillages 
  • Burn injuries  
  • Injuries with kitchen equipment 

If you are using any kitchen equipment, such as cookers or knives, and you haven’t had the adequate training to be able to use them, then your employer may be at fault if you have an accident. 

We understand that you might be worried about losing your job or being treated differently if you make a claim against your employer, but this isn’t true. In fact, when you make any type of accident at work claim against your employer, you’re protected by law. This means you can’t be dismissed or treated differently just because you’ve involved solicitors. 

When you make a claim against your employer, it is also worth noting that it is their insurer who pays any compensation. All businesses in the UK must have business insurance in case accidents at work happen. 

How We Can Help 

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents in restaurants. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts. 

Accidents During Workouts

Now that the new year has started, many people will be making resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions involves exercising, however, this may mean that the number of accidents during workouts increases in January.

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Accidents During Workouts in Gyms

We recently surveyed 1,000 gym members to find out which gym equipment causes the most accidents. Taking the top spots as the two pieces of gym equipment that pose the most danger, with around a quarter of all injuries attributed to each of these types of workout, we have the weight rack (25.4%) and treadmill (25.0%). Both are likely as a result of individuals pushing themselves before they’re ready to progress, highlighting the importance of steady improvement.

Next up, it’s the bikes, which contribute to 17.1% of all gym-related injuries, from strains and sprains to overexertion, while the cross trainer (15.3%) and pull-up bar (15.2%) complete the top five most dangerous pieces of exercise equipment.

If you have an accident in a gym, then you may be able to make an occupier’s liability claim. The owner of the premises should ensure that they put measures in place to avoid accidents like this from happening. They must also follow rules set out in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 to minimise the risk of accidents happening. If they fail to do this then they may be liable if someone has an accident on their premises.

Accidents During Workouts at Home

If you have an accident whilst working out at home, then making a claim can prove tricky. It may even be the case that you cannot make a claim if you have an accident during a home workout. However, there may be examples where you can make a claim; the main reason being due to faulty home workout equipment.

We know no one expects products to cause injury, but if a product is faulty or malfunctions, then you may be able to make a claim. You may be able to make a claim for a faulty product if there is a fault in the design or manufacture of the product. You may also be able to make a claim if the product was not maintained correctly. This includes accidents on workout equipment that is defective.

All product manufacturers must follow The Consumer Protection Act 1987. It states that people who buy a product may recover any losses caused if it was defective and caused injury.  Manufacturers must also make the consumer aware of any risks of the products.

If you have had an accident involving a faulty product, then you may be able to claim compensation. We recommend that you keep the product, or at least a photo of it, and the receipt if you still have it.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes accidents during workouts. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.

The Compensation Experts in 2021

2021 has been a very big year for The Compensation Experts. We started the year by launching our new website after a refresh and have ended the year with our parent company mmadigital receiving private equity funding. We have also helped thousands of people with personal injury, industrial disease, and financial claims throughout the year.

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The Compensation Experts 2021: How We Have Helped

During 2021, The Compensation Experts have helped over 7,000 people to make compensation claims. These claims range from personal injury to industrial disease and financial mis-selling.

We have helped over 7,500 people make personal injury claims in 2021. These range from accidents at work, accidents in public and private places, to road traffic accidents. Even with the recent road traffic accident reforms, we have continued to help people with car accident claims.

Accidents at work was the accident type that we helped the most people with during 2021. Almost half of all the people we helped had had accidents at work, with the number standing at over 3,000. The next biggest category was accidents in private places, which we helped over 2,000 people with. We also helped people claim for injuries caused by accidents in public places and on the road.

We have also helped almost 400 people with industrial disease claims. These are people suffering with Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)/ Vibration White Finger (VWF), industrial deafness and more.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience in compensation claims. This includes personal injury, industrial disease, financial claims and more. If you or someone you know have suffered due to personal injury, industrial disease or financial mis-selling, contact us today.

You can contact us by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.

RAIB reveals Safety Digest following a rail accident involving a train and a lorry

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) have released a safety digest after a rail accident involving a train and a lorry at Penistone earlier this year.

The accident took place in August, with the train reporting striking of a stabiliser leg of a lorry parked next to the track. The train was travelling at 20mph when it hit the stabiliser leg. The lorry was using its crane to move a portable toilet onto its flatbed, with the stabiliser legs deployed to enable the lift.

Following departure from Penistone station, the train was accelerating when the lorry became visible. The driver spotted a person close to the lorry and sounded the horn to provide a warning. The stabiliser legs were not visible to the driver at that time and continued to accelerate. As the train drew closer to the lorry, the train driver could see that one of the stabiliser legs was extremely close to the rails and applied the brakes and just 5 seconds later the train struck the lorry.

The accident took place in an area within the railway boundary which had been used by the Central Rail Systems Alliance (CRSA) as a base for track renewal work.

According to the railway Rule Book, GE/RT8000, work taking place within the railway boundary fence that is more than three metres from the nearest running line and can be seen by the driver of an approaching train is defined as being on the ‘lineside’. A new version of the Rule Book is due to be published in December 2021 and has simplified the definition of ‘lineside’ by removing the condition of being visible to the driver.

The contractor did not undertake a risk assessment for working close to a railway line.

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Rail Accidents

Rail accidents can have a variety of different causes. For instance, you can claim for compensation when there is:

  • Poor weather conditions such as ice, snow, or slippery leaves
  • Poor maintenance of train tracks and train cars by rail networks and train operators
  • An obstacle on the track, like a tree branch
  • Collisions with another train, or a vehicle at a level crossing
  • Slips and trips inside the carriage or on the platform due to wet or uneven flooring
  • Cuts from broken seats which sharp edges exposed
  • Slips, trips and falls on a train
  • Scalding from hot food and drink in the buffet car

Injuries caused by train crashes and derailments can have a devastating effect on victims and their families, in particular for those who suffer amputations or paralysis, or the families victims of fatal rail accidents leave behind.

How We Can Help if You Suffer A Rail Accident

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes rail accidents. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.

Christmas Shopping Accidents

Now that it’s December, there is one event that is on many people’s minds: Christmas. Whilst the festive season makes many people happy, it can also cause stress, which may lead to accidents. One of the main areas where accidents can be common is whilst Christmas shopping. There are several elements which combine to create extra risk at Christmas, including winter weather, stress and rushing about. And now that we can go into shops again, the number of Christmas shopping accidents that happen annually may be on the up.

Common Christmas Shopping Accidents

Two of the most common areas of Christmas shopping accidents are accidents in shops and accidents on the road.

Accidents in Shops

Most accidents that happen during the festive period do so in shops. This can be due to health and safety issues, inadequate staffing, or the fault of other members of the public. Shops have a duty of care, set out in the Occupier’s Liability Act 1984, to ensure that no one is injured whilst on their premises.

This is especially important during the festive period, as the number of shoppers increases. Businesses and shop owners, at this time, must take even more care to make sure no one has an accident. This includes making sure there are adequate members of staff in to deal with the increased footfall and making sure they have the correct training to deal with the numbers.

Accidents on the Road

There can also be accidents during the festive period before you even enter a shop. There are many accidents that happen on the roads and in car parks too. Causes of these accidents can include speeding, driving carelessly, and drivers fighting for parking spaces.

The Christmas period causes many drivers to drive more recklessly on the roads, with drivers speeding and not concentrating. According to Department for Transport statistics, the Christmas period contains some of the days when the most crashes happen on UK roads. This is likely due to the rush of shoppers.

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How to Avoid Common Christmas Shopping Accidents

There are certain things you can do to avoid Christmas shopping accidents. These include:

  • Try to shop at quieter times to avoid the largest crowds
  • Ensure that you are not straining your back by carrying too much
  • Stay calm and don’t rush – stress can also contribute to accidents
  • Stay aware of your surroundings- a major cause of accidents in shops is falling objects

If you are worried about having an accident during the festive period, or if you are feeling stressed, then online shopping may be more beneficial than going to a physical store. If you are in a store and you notice potential hazards, report them to a member of staff in the store. This can help keep everyone safe.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes Christmas shopping accidents. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.

Product Fault Claims: Exploding Hoverboard Battery Fire Leaves Woman in Coma

According to recent reports, an exploding hoverboard battery caused a fire which has left a disabled woman seriously ill in hospital. Incidents such as this make product fault claims necessary.

The woman is now in an induced coma after the incident, which took place when she was in her downstairs bedroom.

The fire service said the lithium-ion battery exploded spewing its molten contents across the living room, setting it alight. The fire started as the hoverboard was charging.

Describing the incident as “horrific” the fire service’s Pete Wilson said the incident should “send a clear warning to people to take utmost care when charging electrical items”.

He added: “Please – always buy goods from reputable retailers and check they meet British safety standards.”

The woman’s son, who is also her carer said: “If anyone needs a warning about leaving things unattended when they’re charging, or plugged in when they’re fully charged, this is it. It could happen to anyone.”

Product Fault Claims

There are four main reasons to make product fault claims. These are:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Design
  3. Warnings
  4. Failure to issue a recall

Manufacturing

These claims happen when the product suffered damage during the manufacturing process.

Design

These claims happen when the product has a design flaw which has led to injury or damage.

Warnings

If the manufacturer failed to display sufficient warnings on the product packaging, then you may be able to claim.

Failure to issue a recall

You may be able to make product fault claims under this category if a manufacturer has failed to recall a faulty product even though they knew about the defects. If this fault subsequently someone, the manufacturer can be held liable.

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When you suffer an injury due to any of these product faults, then you may be able to make a product fault claim. If a faulty product has harmed you or caused damage to your property or possessions, you may be able to claim compensation from the manufacturer. This claim is under the legislation surrounding product liability.

All product manufacturers must follow The Consumer Protection Act 1987. It states that people who buy a product may recover any losses caused if it was defective and caused injury.  Manufacturers must also make the consumer aware of any risks of the products.

How We Can Help with Product Fault Claims

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes product fault claims. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly experts.

Southern and Thameslink Services Suspended After Person Involved in Train Accident

Recently Southern and Thameslink suspended their services after a train accident. The train hit a person on a Surrey route. Emergency services attended the incident near Sutton station.

The update on traffic and travel website Inrix read: “Services suspended on Southern and Thameslink between Mitcham Junction and Epsom due to emergency services dealing with an incident.”

Thameslink wrote about the incident on Twitter.

The tweet said: “It is with great sadness that we report a person has been hit by a train between Mitcham Junction and Epsom.

“All lines are blocked between these stations whilst the emergency services work to deal with this incident. Service information will follow.”

At just after 6.40pm Thameslink and Southern confirmed that lines had reopened.

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Train Accident Claims

There are many different types of accidents which may happen on trains, at train stations or on platforms. Some of the most common causes of train accident claims include:

  • Train crashes and collisions with other trains
  • Slips, trips and falls on trains, in train station or on platforms.
  • Falling objects such as luggage hitting passengers
  • Pedestrians being hit by trains whilst crossing tracks or at level crossings
  • Doors closing too early, causing injuries
  • Train users tripping or falling when entering or exiting the train
  • Injuries caused by defects in seats and defective equipment on the train

Common Causes of Train Accidents

The train company and train drivers have a duty of care to their passengers. This means that they should take reasonable steps to ensure that all passengers are safe whilst travelling on the train. The most common causes of train accidents and subsequent train accident claims include:

  • Negligence of the train driver. This can include a driver talking on a phone, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or simply poor concentration of the driver
  • The train companies’ failure to complete regular checks to ensure that the train is safe a free from defects
  • Poor housekeeping due to the negligence of the train and train station staff
  • Poor or inadequate training of staff on the train
  • Defects on the train tracks or at level crossings

In the vast majority of cases, if a person makes a train accident claim, it is against the train company. This is because they have a duty of care to ensure that train users are safe whilst travelling.

There are some cases where the train company had no control over the accident. In these cases, a person must claim against someone else.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes train accident claims. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable agents.

Legs Matter Week and Leg Injury

This week is legs matter week. Legs matter week is run by the organisation Legs Matter, and it aims to help people to take charge of their leg and foot health and start feeling their best again. This is especially important after a leg injury.

Leg Injury

When it comes to leg injuries, there are many different types, of varying severity. Any kind of leg injury can negatively impact your daily life, no matter how serious. You may find that you are in pain, unable to walk or struggling to perform your usual activities.

If the incident that caused the injury wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a leg injury claim. Two of the most common leg injuries are strains and sprains, and fractures.

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Strains or Sprains

A strain occurs when the muscle or tendons (tissue that connects the bone to the muscle) become overstretched or tear. A sprain on the other hand is when the ligament (tissue that connects bones to other bones) is stretched or torn.

Sprains typically occur in the ankle, but are also common in the knee, whereas strains are more likely to occur in the hamstring. If you suffer a strain or sprain in your leg, you may not be able to walk or perform your normal activities properly for a few weeks.

More severe sprains and strains can take months to heal, and surgery may even be required. This can, therefore, affect your ability to earn, and have a negative impact on your day-to-day life.

Fractures

There are many different types of fractures, some of which can take up to 6 months to heal and may require surgery. This can affect your ability to walk, drive, travel and more.

Even arguably the least severe type of fracture, a stress fracture, can affect your ability to perform your usual duties. They occur when stress is repeatedly placed on the bone causing a small crack to appear. This can cause discomfort and pain to the sufferer.

At the other end of the spectrum is a compound fracture. If you suffer a compound fracture in your leg, you are likely to require surgery and it will take a considerable amount of time to heal. Compound fractures occur when a large force strikes the bone causing it to shatter into multiple pieces, and bones may also protrude through the skin.

Causes of Leg Injury

There are several causes of leg injury. Some of these include:

  • Accidents at work
  • Falling from height
  • Being struck by a falling object
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Road traffic accidents

If you have experienced an accident that causes a leg injury and it was due to someone else, then you may be able to make a claim for leg injury compensation.

How We Can Help

Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes claims relating to leg injury. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable agents.

Public Accidents on Farms: Mum’s Heartbreak after Toddler Dies in Accident

According to recent reports, a toddler has died following an accident on a farm. Public accidents on farms can be as common as workers accidents, and because of this, they can have devastating results.

The three-year-old was hit by a pick-up vehicle as he was playing with his sister and cousin at a farm at Rhosfach, Efailwen on August 3. Police and the Health and Safety Executive are still investigating what happened in the incident that saw the toddler lose his life, but his mother knows enough to say her son, who was playing on his bike, was killed almost instantaneously in the collision. She immediately rushed back to the farm but was not allowed into the farmyard to see her son while police carried out their investigations.

Public Accidents on Farms

As well as the staff at a farm, members of the public can also have farming injuries. The most common type of farming accidents that visitors experience include slips, trips, and falls, and collisions with vehicles. The owners of the farm have a responsibility to keep the public safe from accidents as well as their staff.

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Occupier’s Liability Accidents

The types of accidents that generally come under occupier’s liability accidents include accidents in places where the public visits but are not owned by the council. Owners of properties must take steps to help ensure that people do not have accidents on their premises.

There are many causes of accidents that fall under occupier’s liability. Some of these include:

  • Slipping on wet surfaces
  • Tripping over uneven floors
  • Being struck by a falling object

These causes of accidents are easy to avoid. The owner of the premises should ensure that they put measures in place to avoid accidents like this from happening. They must ensure they follow rules set out in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 to minimise the risk of accidents happening. If they fail to do this then they may be liable if someone has an accident on their premises.

Children’s Accidents

Some of the more common occupier’s liability accidents involve children. If children are visiting a place that falls under occupier’s liability, then the owner must take extra care to minimise the risk of children having accidents. This is because children tend to be less careful than adults whilst out in public.

If your child has had an accident is a public or private place, then you may be able to claim on their behalf. If your child is under 18, then a parent or guardian may make a claim for them. Their parent or guardian also has until the child turns 18 to make a claim. If the child is over 18 then they have until they are 21 to make a claim themselves.

How We Can Help with Public Accidents on Farms

Here at The Compensation Experts we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with personal injury claims. This includes public accidents on farms. Contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable agents.

The Most Commonly Broken Bones

It goes without saying that there are a lot of bones in the human body that could potentially be broken: 206, to be exact.

Some of us are lucky enough to go through life without ever suffering an injury to any of the most commonly broken bones. But for many of us, chances are we’ll experience a break to a commonly broken bone at some point in our lives.

Most Commonly Broken Bones

What is the easiest bone to break?

While any bone in our body can be broken, there are some bones that are easier to break than others. That being said, there is no single easiest bone to break. Instead, there is a group of the most commonly broken bones that you could suffer in the event of a personal injury.

When it comes to the most common broken bone, the following five are the ones that occur most often due to accidents:

  • Clavicle
  • Arm
  • Wrist
  • Hip
  • Ankle

That’s not to say that other bones may not be broken in the event of an injury, just that there is an increased likelihood that it could be one of these five.

Why are these the easiest bone to break in the body?

The primary cause for the breaking of bones is extreme or sudden pressure on the affected area, typically involving the twisting of the bone in some way. As the five bones we’ve previously mentioned are all located in areas that experience pressure regularly, it’s unsurprising they’re more likely to break than other bones.

Collarbone / clavicle

The clavicle, more commonly known as the collarbone, is statistically the most common broken bone in the body. It’s also the most common fracture suffered by children.

Any accidents, from a road traffic accident to accidents in the workplace, can result in the break of this most common broken bone, but an injury to the clavicle can happen beginning from birth; with fractures making up several birth injuries.

What makes the clavicle the most common broken bone in the body when it comes to accidents is the fact that most people will put their arms out in front of them when falling. This applies maximum pressure to the clavicle, which can cause it to break.

Arms

Arm fractures are also another common fracture and break type, particularly the Humerus and Ulna bone. They are the second most commonly broken bone in children and make up almost half of the fractures in adults. A break to the arm occurs in much the same way as a break to the clavicle, as do breaks to the wrist.

Wrists

As for wrists, they are the most commonly broken bone in people under the age of 75, since they’re most often caused by physical activity like sports injuries. If older people do sustain a wrist fracture, it’s usually because they suffer from osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become thin and brittle.

Hips

When it comes to leg injuries, broken hips are the most commonly broken bone in people over 65; accounting for 90% of all hip fractures. Hip fractures often require surgery to “pin” the edges of the fracture back together, but a severe fracture sometimes requires a total hip replacement. Landing hard on your hip from a fall is typically the most common reason for hip breaks.

Ankles

Lastly, ankles are also prone to breakage with surprising regularity. However, with an ankle injury, it can sometimes be difficult to know if a break has occurred, as even a sprained ankle can be very painful and prevent the sufferer from walking.

As well as the more obvious breaks, ankles can sustain stress fractures, which are when the bone cracks as a result of repeated pressure on it but doesn’t break entirely.

What are the most painful bones to break?

While the previous breaks we’ve mentioned might sit as the easiest bones to break, not all of them fall under the range of most painful bones to break. Some bones are so important that when we break them our body tells us immediately, but for others, it’s simply difficult not to apply pressure to them whilst they’re healing.

When it comes to the most painful bones to break, the following three are considered particular painful injuries to suffer in an accident:

  • Femur
  • Tailbone
  • Ribs

The Femur is often put at the top of the most painful bones to break. Your Femur is the longest and strongest bone in your body, running from your hip to your knee. Given its importance, it’s not surprising that breaking this bone is an incredibly painful experience, especially with the constant weight being put on it.

The tailbone, on the other hand, while difficult to break, can also be particularly painful if damaged; more for the fact that pressure is often applied to it while sitting for recovery.

Rib injuries also fall into much the same category. Even bruises to your ribs can be exceedingly painful, but a break can often be excruciating due to the constant chest pressure from breathing, and potential internal injuries caused by the rib when it breaks.

How to tell if you’ve broken a bone

While a common term for a broken bone is a break, the more commonly used medical term is a fracture. There are three main types of fracture, each constituting a different kind of break:

  • Hairline fractures
  • Simple fractures
  • Compound fractures

Each type of fracture has a different recovery period; hairline fractures tend to heal relatively quickly and easily due to it not being a full break in the bone. Simple fractures also tend to heal quickly but can sometimes require further treatment if the break is more complex.

Compound fractures are the most serious type of break and can take a long time to heal. If they’re exceedingly complex, they may even require physiotherapy, surgery. or skin grafts to repair the bone’s surrounding tissue.

It’s usually fairly obvious when you’ve broken a bone, but not all breaks are as clear as others. I’ve you’ve simply fractured a bone; you may not even realise it until much later.

The three most common signs of a broken bone are pain, swelling, and deformity around the area in question. Not all of these signs are required for a bone to be classified as broken, but a least one is often an indication of serious injury.

If you’re unsure if you’ve broken a bone, you should seek out the correct treatment regardless as soon as possible to avoid serious infection or a permanent deformity.

In many cases, breaking a bone is an unavoidable consequence of everyday life. But if you’ve suffered an arm injury or leg injury due to someone else’s negligence, you might be able to make a personal injury claim. Get in touch with our expert team today to find out how much you could potentially claim for.