A broken arm relates to any break of any of the bones in the arm. Of course, there are several that make up the arm, with the humerus taking its place in the upper arm. The lower arm has two bones present – the radius and the ulna. If you have a broken arm, radius injuries are the most common of all the breaks that happen, regardless of cause. It is the larger bone in the forearm and is subjected to breaks in many ways.
If you were to break the radius towards the end near your wrist, this would be called a distal fracture, as it relates to the distal end of the bone. It is also more likely to be called a wrist fracture. A break higher up the bone will be referred to simply as a broken arm.
Types of radius breaks
As with any bone, there is more than one way you could break it. For example, a non-displaced fracture means the two portions of the bone either side of the break are still in their normal positions. This break should heal well, and probably faster than a more complex break. A displaced fracture occurs when one or both ends of the bone move out of their normal position. When this happens, surgery will likely be needed to reposition the bones before they start to heal.
A more serious break is a comminuted fracture. If you break your radius bone into more than two pieces, it will be referred to as such. Finally, an open fracture means one or both ends of the bone breaks through the skin and can be seen on the outside. Fast treatment is required to fix the bone, stitch the wound and prevent infection.
How much could you receive for your broken arm to the radius?
This depends on what caused it and how bad the break is. Negligence must be proven to have happened on the part of someone else, and if this can be done, you can often look forward to receiving compensation.
To find out more, and whether you can claim for a broken arm to the radius, call Accident Advice Helpline now. We can be contacted on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Whichever way you call, it’s good to know we can help find the right answers.
Date Published: March 1, 2017
Author: Rob Steen