In some cases, where someone suffers a broken arm, a metal plate is needed to stabilise the bones and allow them to heal again. This isn’t always required – indeed, it is more common for someone to be put in plaster for a few weeks and to allow the bones to heal that way.
However, the treatment needed will depend on the nature of your break. Since the forearm has two bones in it, it’s possible to break one or both. Often, when an adult breaks their forearm, they end up breaking both bones. When this happens, there is a greater chance surgery might be required.
Did your broken arm need a metal plate?
The idea is to screw the metal plates to the bones in your arm to allow them to heal in the proper way. This sounds dramatic, but it is done under a general anaesthetic so you will not be aware of what is happening. Plates are normally needed when both bones in the forearm are broken, or if one bone is broken and the ends are moved away from one another. Hence, it depends how bad the fracture is as to the treatment needed.
The result of the surgery is that you will be left with a long scar on your forearm. This will fade over time but you will probably always be able to see it. It is also possible your recovery will take longer, and that you may incur other issues following the operation. Always follow all the advice given by your doctors if you do undergo this treatment.
How much compensation might be paid for this injury?
To receive any amount of compensation, you must prove another person caused the injury to occur in the first place. This is easier to do if you have the assistance of a personal injury lawyer. They will understand what to look for and how to prove the case in your favour.
So, if you had a broken arm metal plate inserted and you want to know whether compensation could be issued to you, call Accident Advice Helpline now to get the benefit of our advice and support. This is easily done on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 if you have a mobile phone. Our solicitors are waiting to see whether they can help you claim.
Date Published: March 1, 2017
Author: Rob Steen