As anybody who has broken their arm knows, the recovery period can be long and painful, with most minor fractures taking anywhere from between six to 10 weeks to heal – and even after that you may need physiotherapy to regain full use of your arm. If you have broken your arm it’s important to get a medical diagnosis as soon as possible after your accident. For minor fractures a cast will normally be applied and you will go home with your broken arm in a sling. Rest is important to ensure a full recovery, so that means no driving, lifting, sports or other activities that put weight or strain on your arm.
You’ll probably need some help around the house for a little while, so this is a good time to ask the family to step up and do the cooking, cleaning and other household chores. You’ll probably also need some time off work to recover, and one of the most common things to experience after an accident is financial stress.
Does having your broken arm in a sling stop you from working?
Whilst you could go to work with your broken arm in a sling, in most cases you won’t be able to get very much done, and your employer may insist you take time off. Don’t feel that you have to go to work in order to ease financial worries. If somebody else caused your accident then you could make a personal injury claim and be compensated for your financial losses including loss of earnings. This can be a huge weight off your mind after your accident, allowing you to focus fully on recovering from your injuries. You may need a month or two off work and if you’ve suffered a serious fracture, you may need to take even longer off in order to recovery fully.
Who’s to blame for your accident?
It isn’t always obvious who is to blame for an accident. Sometimes nobody is at fault and things have just gone wrong, outside of anybody’s control. However there are times when somebody could have done more to prevent your accident from happening, and if this is the case with your accident, you could make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline. It might be that your employer breached health and safety regulations and you broke your arm in an accident at work as a result.
Or maybe you tripped on a loose paving stone on the high street and broke your arm – your local council could be held liable. Even if you’re unsure who is at fault after your accident, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out if you’re eligible to make a claim.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen