Arthritis is often something that is associated with the elderly. However, there are cases where people suffer from arthritis as a consequence of an injury they suffered at some stage in their lives. Since arthritis tends to affect joints, a joint that has received a traumatic injury at some point could later go on to develop arthritis. There is evidence there is a greater chance of this occurring in a traumatised joint than in a regular joint.
This is why companies like Accident Advice Helpline deal with potential claims from people who have had injuries causing arthritis at some point. A recent injury that causes you to develop arthritis could have a profound effect on your life. Since the joint can become stiff and swollen, this can clearly be problematic for many people. If negligence is found to be the cause of your original injury, you could get compensation for your subsequent medical problems caused by that injury.
Which injuries causing arthritis can occur?
Anything that affects a joint could potentially be the site of arthritis that develops because of that injury. For example you might end up hurting your knee through a slip, trip or fall and then developing the arthritis later. This could potentially make walking or bending that knee painful at some point. The same applies to ankle or hand injuries, to provide a couple of other examples.
Compensation wouldn’t get rid of the arthritis if you have developed it after an accident. However, it may help to make life a little easier. For example you could invest in some specialised therapy to help you manage the condition better if you wished. Very often the feeling of being settled as a result of what happened through someone else’s fault is enough.
Managing with arthritis
Your GP can provide help and advice on how to manage your condition if you do develop arthritis. They may also be able to provide information on getting additional therapy to help you manage the condition so it does not affect you as much.
When it comes to considering a compensation claim you should call the team at Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. It’s a free number to call and it’s open throughout the day and night all week. When you speak to one of our trained advisors you can learn more about how you might claim.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown