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Average healing time for a broken wrist


If you have broken your wrist, you’ll generally find that the average healing time for a broken wrist is around 6 to 8 weeks, less for children. A wrist fracture is commonly caused by falling onto an outstretched hand – it’s our natural instinct to put our arms out to protect ourselves. But you could even fracture your wrist in an industrial accident at work, or a car accident. Whatever has happened, if somebody else is to blame for your accident, you have three years to decide if you want to make a claim for personal injury compensation, so don’t wait around too long and miss out.


Can you return to work?

The severity of your fracture determines how long you will be off work for, and although the average healing time for a broken wrist is up to 8 weeks, you could be off longer if you have suffered a complex fracture or if you’ve also sustained other injuries. For example if you have suffered an open fracture where the bone pokes through the skin, this could take longer to heal and there is the risk of infection.

If you work in a physical, manual job where you need your hands a lot, you might need to work reduced hours or even take time off until you’ve recovered after your accident. Make sure you ask yourself how your accident happened, as if somebody else is at fault, you could make a personal injury claim for your injuries and any loss of earnings.


How did your accident happen?

Many of us put off making a personal injury claim as we’re unsure if we qualify for compensation. But if you have slipped on an unmarked wet floor at work and fractured your wrist, or broken your wrist after tripping on a damaged pavement in public, you could be eligible to make a claim. The average healing time for a broken wrist can vary depending on the severity of your injuries, and if you call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659, you can find out if you have a viable personal injury claim.

Our personal injury lawyers work on a no win no fee basis, so even if you have been affected by loss of earnings after your accident, you can afford to make a personal injury claim with us. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been injured at work or in a road traffic accident, you shouldn’t’ have to suffer in silence if somebody else is at fault.