How would you fare if you injured your arm in some way? Of course the answer would depend on how serious that injury was. For example a broken arm can heal in a few weeks, although you’d have it in a cast during that time.
This would prevent you from doing certain things but once you recovered you would be fine. However if your arm was crushed you may well end up with some ongoing problems as a result of the injury.
Arm injuries can potentially occur in the workplace on occasion. The odds of this happening are slim, particularly as the health and safety laws should prohibit many things from happening.
For example risk assessments should be gone through in detail to ensure no one is at risk of getting their arm caught in machinery because there is no safety guard in place. They will also highlight any other potential dangers such as a lack of training, a lack of safety equipment, i.e. gloves or gauntlets, and trying to lift things that are too heavy.
Examples of injuries that might occur
We’ve mentioned broken bones already, but these are not the only injuries that might happen. For example there is a possibility that injury could occur over a longer period of time. Repetitive strain injuries are an excellent example of this.
They may occur when an individual is doing the same job continually with little rest, or if they are working in an unnatural position. This can cause pain in the forearms as well as in the hands.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis can also occur over time. However other things might happen more quickly if an accident occurs. For example someone could have their arm crushed if they are trying to unjam or repair machinery and it is not isolated from the power source. They may also experience other injuries.
Seeking workplace arm injury compensation
If you have suffered any kind of injury to one or both of your arms in the last three years, you may have an opportunity to try and claim workplace arm injury compensation. The best way to do this is to get professional advice.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with no-obligation advice on 0800 689 0500. All you need to do is call us to find out whether you have a chance to claim anything.