If you have a broken arm, driving is going to be an issue. Driving one-handed is not advisable, and that means you should rely on someone else to drive you to where you need to go. You may alternatively need to rely on public transport or walk to your destination until you can get behind the wheel and use both hands again.
Initially, the pain of the injury will be your only focus. You’ll want to get a proper diagnosis to see if you have broken your arm, and if so, how bad the fracture is. You can then be treated and put in plaster before you go home.
Coping if a broken arm affected your driving
It is only after you have been treated that you may start thinking about the next few weeks you have in front of you. As we now know, you won’t be able to drive. How will you get to work? How else might you complete each journey you need to make?
There will be other things you will need help with too – many of which are daily activities you normally take for granted. Even getting dressed is a chore, because it is very difficult to manage clothes and fastenings with one arm in plaster.
How much might your claim be worth for this injury?
There is no specific amount you might be paid for this injury if you do have a good claim to make. A compensation payment would be worked out as per general guidelines, and with a focus on your injuries, how they were caused, and how serious they were. For instance, if you needed to have surgery, you would likely receive more than if the break was a simple hairline fracture that did not require any pinning or metal plates to be used to stabilise it. Inconvenience is also considered when calculating anything that might potentially be paid in compensation.
So, if a broken arm affected your driving or became impossible, and you had other inconveniences because of your injury, you could potentially claim for all these things. To find out what you could claim and how the process works, speak to someone working at Accident Advice Helpline. Just one phone call puts you in touch, on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 if you’re on a mobile phone.
Date Published: March 1, 2017
Author: Rob Steen