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Broken arm or broken wrist – Personal injury compensation claim

Compensation for a broken arm or a broken wrist

There are numerous ways in which you might suffer a broken arm or a broken wrist. If your injury was the result of an accident, through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim accident compensation. Clear Answers’ team of accident compensation lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice and to help you make a claim for accident compensation.

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Accidents causing broken arms or broken wrists

A broken wrist or a broken arm can follow from a fall, a forceful blow from a moving object, being thrown against a fixed object with force or crushed by a heavy object.

Often referred to as ‘fractures’, broken bones can happen whilst playing sport, particularly vigorous sports such as rugby or football, in an accident such as a road accident or a cycling or motorcycling accident. They occur in an accident at work and in slips, trips and falls in the street. Elderly people are more vulnerable to broken bones than the young and take longer to heal.

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Symptoms of broken arms or broken wrists

If you have suffered a cracked or broken bone in your arm or wrist, and if your break is ‘clean’, you may hear a snap or grinding noise, although this is not always the case.

Other symptoms include:

If you think you may have broken a bone, you should visit a hospital accident and emergency department where they should X-ray your arm to confirm whether you have suffered a break or whether your injury is a sprain or a torn tendon.

Fractures range from a simple fracture where the bone breaks but does not break through the skin, to cases where the bone breaks in such a way as to stick out of the skin. The most serious injury is called a compound fracture and may require extensive surgery to repair. In rare circumstances a fracture may be so complicated, say the bone shatters into many pieces, or is crushed, that the limb needs to be amputated but this is always the last resort. The exact nature of your fracture will determine the treatment you receive.

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Treatment of broken arms or broken wrists

Most arm or wrist fractures can be treated in a hospital accident and emergency department. Minor breaks or cracks will usually be treated by applying a plaster cast, or removable splint, to hold the broken ends of the bone together whilst it heals.

If the break is a complex one you may need surgery in which case you will be given a general anaesthetic and will be admitted to hospital for a time.

More serious injuries require the bones to be fixed together using pins, rods or a plate and screws. This procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic and if the bones are held securely, may not require a plaster cast.

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Healing time for broken arms or broken wrists

The broken bone will normally heal within a few weeks, though the age of the injured person plays a key part in the healing time.

Children can often have the cast removed within two to three weeks. However, it is advisable to keep them away from physical activities such as contact sport, trampolines or bouncy castles for a further two or three weeks to avoid the risk of breaking or cracking the bone again, as the arm will still be weak through non use.

Older patients will find their cast needs to stay for longer as their bones often take longer to heal. They will frequently require physiotherapy to regain movement and strength, particularly in the case of wrist fractures.

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Making a compensation claim for a broken arm or broken wrist

Clear Answers lawyers provide expert legal advice in all aspects of personal injury compensation claims, such as injuries resulting in broken arms or broken wrists. Our specialist personal injury lawyers are waiting to advise you. They will explain the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you have about making a compensation claim.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisors, or complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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