A broken arm is a fairly common injury which could be sustained after a slip, trip or fall, a car accident or almost any other type of accident you can think of. You might be wondering what the medical definition of a broken arm is. A broken arm is defined as “…breaking one or more of the three bones in your arm — the ulna, radius and humerus.” If you have fractured any of these bones, you will need to take time off work or school to recover from your injury, and in the case of serious fractures, you may even need surgery and/or physiotherapy to make a full recovery.
The good news is that you may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation if you have broken your arm in an accident caused by somebody else. Seeking advice from a personal injury lawyer within three years of your accident means you’ll be able to find out if you have a viable claim.
Will a definition of a broken arm help my claim?
A proper medical diagnosis is an important part of making a claim for personal injury compensation. When you attend hospital or your GP surgery, they will use the definition of a broken arm to assess whether or not you have fractured your arm and treatment will be recommended based on the severity of your injuries. If you have broken your arm in an accident at work – for example if you tripped over boxes of stock left lying around in a warehouse and fell onto your arm – then you may be able to make a claim for compensation against your employer.
If you broke your arm in a car accident caused by another driver driving dangerously, then they could be held liable for your injuries and ordered to pay you compensation. Your medical report forms an important part of your claim as it details the treatment you received for your broken arm, and you will also be able to claim compensation for any lost earnings due to taking time off work after your accident.
Is it worth making a claim?
Every year hundreds of people miss out on making a claim for relatively minor injuries such as broken arms and sprained ankles. You are just as entitled to claim personal injury compensation for these minor injuries as you are if you have suffered a more serious, life-changing injury, provided somebody else was at fault for your accident. If you’re unsure whether or not you are eligible to make a claim, or you want to find out more about the claims process and what is involved, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Just call us on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out more.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Rob Steen