When it comes to a broken arm, child injuries can be faster to heal than bones in adults. Since children are still growing, they can recover more quickly but it is still imperative they receive a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Sometimes, it seems as if children bounce when they fall over or have an accident, but of course this isn’t always the case. An awkward fall or being hit by something can lead to a broken arm, or indeed other broken bones in some cases.
How to treat a child’s broken arm
Staying calm is imperative, because this will help keep your child calm. Sometimes it can be easier than others to tell your child’s arm is broken. For example, it may be misshapen or there could be a bone protruding through the skin. In other cases, it may look fine but bruising and swelling may have occurred, and your child may be unable to move it.
The best course of action is to go to casualty to get the arm x-rayed. This should make it easier to tell whether there is a break or not. In some cases, there could be a simple hairline fracture that will heal itself within a few weeks. Conversely, a bad break may require additional treatment because it is important to align the broken ends of the bone to ensure it heals in the correct position. Keeping your child calm throughout the experience is important, and will help them cope with the situation they have found themselves in. Later, you can think about what happened and whether negligence was the cause.
Is it possible to make a claim on behalf of your child?
If your child’s broken arm happened because someone else was inattentive or negligent, or the child was in a situation where a hazard caused them to experience their broken arm, you could have a chance to claim for compensation on their behalf.
It may be quite clear to you that your child’s injury could have been prevented and should never have occurred. In other cases, you may be unsure whether a claim would be right at all. So, to find out more, take the 30-second test you will find here on our website. Alternatively, for quick access to our advisors, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from your mobile).
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen