Have you broken your arm in a car accident or an accident at work? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the difference between a sprain and a fracture, but if you have broken your arm then it could take anywhere from six to 10 weeks to heal, even longer for a more complex fracture. The symptoms of a broken arm can vary depending on the severity of your injury, and you may have sustained other injuries too. A prompt diagnosis by a medical professional is essential to ensure you get the treatment you need and can get on the road to recovery. If your accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you may wish to consider making a claim for personal injury compensation too.
Symptoms of a broken arm
Symptoms of a broken arm can vary, as we mentioned above, and a medical professional will be able to examine you (and possibly carry out an x-ray) to determine if your arm is fractured. Here are some of the symptoms that you may notice if you think you have broken your arm:
- Severe pain
- Swelling and bruising
- Difficulty moving your hand or arm
- A grinding noise or ‘snap’ at the time of the injury
It’s not uncommon to also feel dizzy, faint and sick with the shock of breaking your arm. In some cases, the bone may be poking through the skin and there may be blood, or your wrist and arm may be an odd shape from misaligned bones. You may need to have your bones manually realigned or even undergo surgery after your accident, before your arm is put in a cast to heal.
Claiming broken arm compensation
Accident Advice Helpline has been helping members of the public claim compensation for over 16 years, and during that time we have handled our fair share of claims for compensation for broken arms. Yet many people either miss the three-year time limit to make a claim or assume their injury simply isn’t serious enough to warrant hiring a personal injury lawyer.
We say, if somebody else caused your accident and you’ve been injured, why not find out more about your options? You can call our freephone helpline at any time on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to see if you have a viable claim and get advice from our team of friendly, expert advisors. All advice is given in confidence and there’s no obligation to proceed at any point.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen