Injured your arm in an accident at work, or in a public place? You’d be surprised at how many people suffer a broken arm after a slip, trip or fall in public. Yet the average broken arm healing time isn’t as long as you might think – in fact for most minor fractures its around six to eight weeks, maybe a little longer. If you have suffered a more complex fracture or other injuries to your arm, hand or wrist, this could take longer to heal. In cases where your bones are misaligned, you may need to undergo surgery, and this can increase your recovery time after your accident. Broken arm healing time depends on the individual and everybody heals at different rates, but most people need at least a month or more off work to recover.
What factors can affect broken arm healing time?
It’s important not to do strenuous activities that put weight on your arm after your accident. This means playing sports and taking part in most leisure activities will have to be put on hold for now. But it also means that things like carrying heavy shopping, doing strenuous housework and even driving are off the cards. You need to keep your cast clean and dry and it helps to keep your arm raised as much as possible – resting will speed your recovery time.
Taking time off work is essential if you want to make a speedy recovery, but if you are concerned about loss of earnings then don’t forget that you could claim personal injury compensation if somebody else caused your injury. In cases where you have suffered injuries after a slip or trip, it could be that the owner of the establishment where you fell (for example, a shop or restaurant) is held liable, whilst if you have fallen in the street then the local council could be held responsible if broken or uneven pavements were the cause.
How can I claim personal injury compensation?
The process for making a personal injury claim is actually pretty simple. You’ll need the services of a specialist lawyer, and you can contact Accident Advice Helpline at any time after your accident. Remember that there’s a three-year time limit to make a claim though. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more and get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert advisors.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen