If someone had an accident in front of you and fell heavily on their arm, would you know any broken arm first aid that might allow you to help them? Many people wouldn’t be sure of what to do in this situation. In fact, you may know this first-hand, because you might already have broken your arm and had to wait for emergency medical help to reach you, or to make a trip to the hospital yourself.
A broken arm is very painful and you should do all you can not to move it until you have had it x-rayed to confirm the break. In some cases, people hear the bone break when the accident happens. In other cases, nothing is heard, but swelling, bruising and extreme pain can indicate a bone has broken. An x-ray will identify the break and how the bone has broken, and appropriate treatment can then follow.
How can broken arm first aid help?
Being able to run through some basic first-aid steps can help the injured individual cope with the situation they have found themselves in. For example, stabilising the arm so it doesn’t move can make life easier and more comfortable for them while they wait for assistance.
Often, hospital treatment will involve a cast being put on the affected arm. In more serious cases, surgery may be required first to make sure the ends of the bone are properly aligned and can knit together properly. This is more likely to be required in cases where someone has suffered a bad break.
Are you wondering whether compensation may be due if you’ve broken your arm?
People break bones in all manner of ways. However, if you broke yours in an accident someone else was responsible for causing, there is a chance you could claim something in compensation.
Make sure you call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500, or try ringing 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now. This ensures you can ask about the likelihood of claiming a compensation award if you can prove someone was negligent. Broken arm first aid can help enormously when you are injured, but as you can see, there will come a time when you think about what happened and whether someone was at fault. If you suspect this happened in your case, call our team now to learn more.
Date Published: February 13, 2017
Author: Rob Steen