A broken arm is a fairly common injury that can happen after a slip, trip or fall, a road traffic accident or an accident at work. If you’ve broken your arm and you believe that somebody else’s negligence was responsible, you might find yourself wondering if there’s anything you can do about it.
The good news is that you could make a personal injury claim, provided it has been three years or less since your accident. It might be that you’ve slipped on a wet floor in a shop, in which case the management could be held liable for your injuries. Or maybe you have been injured by machinery at your work, and your employer has been negligent. Whatever has happened, you could find you’re entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
How long does a broken arm take to heal?
Recovery times for a broken arm can vary depending on the complexity of the fracture and could also depend on any other injuries you have sustained. For example, most arm fractures take between six to 10 weeks to heal, and you may have severe pain, difficulty moving your arm, bruising and swelling. In cases where the bone pokes through the skin there may also be bleeding. More serious fractures may need manual bone realignment which will normally be carried out by a doctor, whilst very complex fractures may require surgery, which can take time to heal from. Most people return to work and other activities slowly, and physiotherapy is generally needed to regain full use of your arm.
Claiming compensation after your accident
A broken arm is something many people don’t consider claiming compensation for, because they assume it’s too minor an injury. In fact you could make a personal injury claim for almost any type of injury, provided somebody else was responsible for your accident. If another person’s negligence has left you injured, you deserve to be compensated not only for your injuries but also for any financial losses you’ve sustained.
So if you have taken a few weeks or a couple of months off work to recover from your broken arm, your personal injury settlement could compensate you for loss of earnings. The best way to find out how much you could be entitled to claim is to take the 30-second test on our website, then call us on 0800 689 0500 (or call 0333 500 0993 from mobiles) to get some confidential, no-obligation advice.
Date Published: February 12, 2017
Author: Rob Steen