You may have heard of people who have had to have surgery to insert a metal plate complete with screws to help them heal from a particularly complicated injury. While many broken bones will heal and set themselves, this is not always the case. A more complex series of fractures or breaks may mean the person has an injury requiring metal plates.
This can happen for all manner of reasons. For example, someone might fall out of a tree or have a bike accident. In other cases, they might have an accident at work that may mean they sustain an injury requiring metal plates. This happened to a young man whose arm was pulled into a piece of machinery he was using at the time, and Accident Advice Helpline have heard of other similar cases over the years we have been in business.
What do the metal plates do?
They can help to stabilise an injury and thus help it to heal. The nature and severity of the injury will have an effect on whether the surgeon chooses to insert metal plates or not. In some cases, it may well be the best way to ensure that the injury heals in the best possible way. If they are not inserted, the person may have trouble with that part of their body for the foreseeable future — possibly even for the rest of their life.
In cases where the injury has been sustained at work, there could be evidence to support negligence as the potential cause of the accident. Our team have worked with people who have suffered such accidents and had to endure surgery to have one or more metal plates fitted. As you can imagine, this is not a pleasant experience at all.
Recovering from an injury
The recovery process can vary depending on the nature of the injury that is suffered. For example, in some cases a minor injury may only require a day or two from which to recover. In more serious cases, you may be facing several months’ worth of rehabilitation and surgery. It all depends on the circumstances and how severe the injury was.
If your injury was caused at work and there is strong evidence that negligence played a part, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. This will put you through to our experienced team, who can provide you with no-obligation advice to help out.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown