Fractured vertebrae compensation claims

Fractured vertebrae compensation amounts in Brisbane & the Gold Coast, QLD

A fractured vertebra is a significant orthopedic injury. You may better know vertebrae as the 33 bones that make up the spinal column, also known as the backbone or spinal cord. 

Your backbone is the communication channel between your brain and body. If you fall victim to a spinal injury, you could lose the function that operates your body. This can significantly impact your quality of life. Simple day-to-day tasks that we take for granted, like going to the bathroom or walking could be permanently affected. 

Have you sustained a compression fracture after a car accident that was through no fault of your own? Maybe, you have endured damage to your thoracic spine after a violent assault? You may be eligible to make a personal injury claim.

How much compensation for a fractured vertebrae?

It’s difficult to determine how much compensation you could be entitled to after a fractured vertebrae. Each case can be remarkably different with varying levels of impact. As this is a highly traumatic physical injury, a large payout amount could be achieved but there are a number of variables to consider when assessing the potential value of a claim. 

These can include: 

  • Following the time limitations of personal injury cases. 
  • Being able to prove liability and negligence of a third party.
  • The physical, psychological and financial impact of your injuries

For an estimated amount you can use our free compensation calculator tool or read our compensation case studies.

Claimable causes of spinal injuries

Proving that you were not at fault for your injury or multiple injuries is the most important aspect of a claimable case. 

Here are common incidents that could result in serious injuries affecting your spine, in which you are not at fault: 

  • Assault. The violence and unpredictability of an attack can result in a range of damages, from a minor arm injury to spinal compression fractures. 
  • Motor vehicle accidents. This is a common cause of severe injuries due to the blunt force trauma to your body. If you were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, contributory negligence could arise in your claim for compensation. 
  • Public liability. An example of this would be diving into the shallow end of a public pool that has inadequate signage indicating the depth. 
  • Work injuries. This can be caused by not providing safe systems of work, not maintaining machinery, inadequate training and facilities.

Can I still claim compensation for a mild vertebrae injury?

Despite the potential severity of spinal fractures, you can still respond well to treatment. That is essentially the ideal outcome but it is still worth investigating your eligibility for claiming compensation. 

You might have suffered a compression fracture from lifting a heavy object at work. Your employer didn’t provide adequate training on how to correctly handle this weight, which could see them liable for your injury compensation. Your back injury healed with physical therapy and pain relieving medication. However, you were unable to go to work during that time and lost money which impacted your family’s lifestyle.

A potential payout can still be achieved to cover lost wages and medical bills during recovery and medical treatment. That is why we recommend contacting us for a free claims assessment or using our 30 second claim checker. It might seem like an inconvenience to start a compensation claim but an approachable personal injury solicitor will guide you through the whole process on a no win, no fee basis.

How do I know if I have a fractured vertebrae?

Symptoms of a fractured vertebrae can range from undetectable weakness to severe pain and suffering. This is due to the severity and location of the injury. 

No matter how your injury occurred, we recommend that you seek urgent medical attention. If you go without treatment you could suffer permanent complications. 

The typical symptoms of a fractured vertebrae can include:

  • Numbness.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Partial paralysis.
  • Back or neck pain
  • Tingling sensations.
  • Bladder and bowel changes.
  • Complete loss of muscle function in the arms and legs.

Claiming medical negligence

The most basic definition of medical negligence is when a medical specialist doesn’t adhere to the standard practice in their specialised profession. This can consequently cause injury to a patient. There are a number of ways medical negligence can occur and it is among the most difficult to prove and achieve compensation. 

If you have suffered an injury caused by a medical professional you will need a team of experienced personal injury solicitors. They will use their expertise to gather evidence and build a strong case that could see you eligible for a compensation claim. 

Here are a few common causes for a medical negligence claim: 

  • Misdiagnosis of an injury. 
  • Delayed or incorrect treatment. 
  • Not providing the patient with essential information. 
  • Failure to mobilize the patient properly when moving them to another location.  


If you are worried about legal fees, then this shouldn’t hold you back from potentially achieving a compensation payout as we operate on a no win no fee basis.

Treatment for spinal fractures

Treatment for spinal fractures can vary depending on the severity of the injury you have sustained. However, the treatment should generally aim to relieve the pain and prevent future complications. 

We have listed typical treatment plans for a vertebral fracture:

  • Pain medication which will aim to alleviate muscle and nerve suffering. 
  • Activity modifications. This can include bed rest for the initial stages of your recovery and then the introduction of minor exercises to build bone strength.
  • Back bracing is similar to a cast used for broken bones. It limits your movement so you don’t overextend yourself and worsen your injury. 
  • Surgical procedures, these can range from Kyphoplasty, Vertebroplasty, Spinal fusion surgery.


If you have suffered such injuries, you could be looking at 3 months of recovery time which means you could be out of work for an extended period of time. Acute pain usually accompanies a spinal fracture and this will significantly limit your ability to carry out normal day-to-day tasks. 

Start the claims process today and utilise our expert legal advice. Suffering such a serious injury can be a physically and psychologically traumatic event. It is worth trying to claim compensation to assist you financially in a difficult time.

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