Because a broken arm and a sprained arm can sometimes appear similar, when you are injured in an accident and a fracture is suspected, it’s likely you’ll need to have an x-ray. Attending A&E to have your injuries assessed is essential, to make sure you get the treatment you need. A broken arm x-ray will normally be carried out to see if you have fractured your arm, and this will also tell medical staff how severe the break is. If you have fractured your arm or wrist in multiple places or if the fracture is complex, you may need surgery to realign bones in your arm before a plaster cast is applied.
What happens after a broken arm x-ray?
Most minor fractures heal within six to 10 weeks, and if you have sustained a minor fracture, you’ll normally have your arm put in a plaster cast and sling, and be sent home to rest. It’s important to avoid strenuous activities or putting weight on your arm – even things like driving are off the cards until your arm has started to heal. For more severe fractures where the bones are misaligned, a doctor may need to carry out a manual realignment after your broken arm x-ray, or you may need surgery.
After this your arm will be put in plaster, and it’s important to keep your cast clean and dry at all times. Most people take some time off work to recover, and whilst this is a good idea for your health, it can affect you and your family financially.
How much compensation could you get if you break your arm?
The amount of compensation you could get for a broken arm really depends on several different factors including:
- The severity of the break
- How your injury has impacted your life
- Whether you’ve taken time off work and earnings have been affected
- Any other expenses you have incurred, such as travel to medical appointments
The best way to find out right now how much you could be entitled to is to take the 30-second test on our website. This will give you an idea of how much you could claim, but remember that Accident Advice Helpline handles all claims on an individual basis, so the only way to find out exactly how much your claim is worth is to get in touch with us within three years of your accident. You can call our freephone helpline at any time on 0800 689 0500 (0333 500 0993) to see how much compensation you could be entitled to and find out if you have a viable claim.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen