Fractures are sometimes accompanied by swelling. Depending on the severity of the fracture, this swelling may be quite extensive and extremely painful. It is typically caused by bleeding from the broken bone and tissue surrounding it, and usually reduces over a period of two to three weeks.
Often the results of falling, slipping or tripping, bone fractures are usually diagnosed by x-rays. Treatment depends on the type of fracture and may consist of:
- Braces supporting the bone
- Plaster casts to immobilise and support the bone
- Splints to stop the broken limb from moving
In some cases, surgery to insert metal plates or rods may be necessary to hold the pieces of bone together in order to allow them to fuse back together correctly. Occasionally, accident victims may require traction to assist the recovery from their personal injury, although this is a fairly uncommon option.
Depending on the type and severity of a bone fracture; which bone has been fractured, and the age and health of the victim, recovery can take anything from a few weeks up to several months. As it is usually necessary to keep the fractured bone still and refrain from putting weight onto it or supporting weight with it, this means accidental injuries of this kind can keep sufferers out of work for fairly long periods of time.
If you suffered a fractured bone through slipping, tripping or falling at work or in a public place, you may be able to claim for compensation. To qualify, your fracture must have happened in an accident no longer than three years ago, and must have been the fault of another person.
Claiming for compensation
To find out whether you qualify for compensation call the advisers at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or fill in the compensation calculator provided on this law firm’s official website.
Accident Advice Helpline
This law firm has dealt with personal injury claims following road and work accidents; accidents while on holiday and accidents in public places, for almost 14 years. Their experienced legal team often has the ability to conduct entire claims almost exclusively over the phone. In many cases, claimants receive their compensation before it is necessary to attend court hearings. All services are provided under conditional fee agreements, meaning claimants do not pay anything in solicitor fees until their case is settled. Once the compensation amount has been agreed upon, a percentage is deducted to cover this.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown