If you think you have a broken arm, NHS treatment will usually be the first thing you seek. Casualty departments are the required destination here, as any suspicious arm injury that could indicate a broken bone will need to be identified by x-ray.
The usual course of action would be to work out what type of fracture is involved, before seeking the appropriate treatment. For most, this will mean putting the affected arm in plaster. A more involved break may require reduction – a process where the doctor moves the bones back into place before plastering the arm. The arm is numbed before this happens. If the break is severe, surgery might be the best solution to ensure the bones are repositioned in the correct manner.
Having a broken arm treated on the NHS
Most of the time, people do receive emergency treatment on the NHS. If further surgery is required – unlikely, but not impossible – you may elect to go private and foot the bill, or have it covered by health insurance if you have it.
The most important thing to remember in relation to making a compensation claim is that the treatment you had will be on record. This will include your x-rays, information about the injury and how it was treated, and anything else that might be pertinent. This is good to know, because this information can be used to support any claim you may decide to make for compensation.
How can you find out if compensation might be the result for you?
Sometimes, accidents do just happen, and no one is at fault for them. However, we all know of people who have been injured when something happened to them that was caused by a third party. Did you trip on a paving stone that hadn’t been laid properly, falling and breaking your arm as you did so? Were you knocked off your bike by a driver who wasn’t looking where they were going?
No matter how you ended up having a broken arm treated on the NHS, you have a right to find out if compensation could be in your future. Accident Advice Helpline has assisted others in making broken arm compensation claims, and if you ring 0800 689 0500 (or use your mobile to ring 0333 500 0993), you can determine whether a claim you make could reach the same successful conclusion very soon.
Date Published: March 1, 2017
Author: Rob Steen