Elderly people can easily fracture an arm, leg or hip in a slip, trip or fall, as their bones are more brittle. A broken arm in most people will take four to six weeks to heal, and is considered a fairly minor and common injury. However, a broken arm in the elderly is more serious and can take longer to heal, or lead to complications that could impede the healing process. If an elderly relative of yours has been injured in an accident caused by somebody else, or if you yourself are elderly and have suffered a broken arm, you could get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to see if you could make a personal injury claim.
How serious is a broken arm in the elderly?
Because the bones of older people are more brittle, a broken arm in the elderly can be much more complex than a broken arm in a younger person. You may suffer a complex or compound fracture, fracturing the arm in multiple places, or suffering a fracture where the bone pokes out through the skin. You may also suffer tendon, ligament and tissue damage to the area surrounding the fracture that can take time to heal. It’s often difficult to determine who’s at fault for an accident, but with slips, trips and falls being the leading cause of broken arms in elderly people, you’ll often find that somebody else is to blame.
For example, if your elderly relative slipped on ice in a supermarket car park and broke their arm, the supermarket management could be held liable, as they should have ensured the car park was safe for customers to use. If you’re elderly and you tripped on damaged pavement whilst going to the post office to collect your pension, a broken arm may be the least of your injuries – you could also suffer a head injury, facial injuries or even a sprained or broken ankle if you trip and fall.
Increased risk of surgery for elderly people
Then there’s the increased risk of surgery for older people. If you need broken arm surgery, you’re likely to take longer to recover if you are elderly. You can find out if you’re eligible to claim personal injury compensation for yourself or on behalf of an elderly relative by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) today. Our advisors are here waiting to offer confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: March 9, 2017
Author: Rob Steen