A broken arm can result in permanent scarring that is not only disfiguring but can also lead to the development of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. A scar from a broken arm is usually left after serious fractures such as an open compound fracture or a skin injury such as a laceration, suffered in conjunction with a broken arm. These types of injuries are common in road traffic accidents but could also be suffered after a fall from height – for example whilst working on a construction site or climbing a ladder.
If you have been left with a scar from a broken arm then you may find you’re able to claim compensation for psychological trauma as well as the pain and suffering related to your physical injuries – and of course if you have taken time off work you could also be compensated for loss of earnings.
A scar from a broken arm with an open compound fracture
An open compound fracture often results in a scar as the bone pierces the skin, creating wounds with a jagged edge, which often don’t heal cleanly. Dirt or debris in the wound could lead to a serious infection, which can increase the healing time and risk of scarring which is why it is so important to seek urgent medical attention for fractures of this nature. Scar massage therapy with a physiotherapist can help to reduce the formation of scarring, particularly if your injury is near a joint. Medication such as silicone scar gel can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars, and your doctor will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment. If you have been left permanently disfigured by scars then you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline within three years of your accident, to find out if you have a viable personal injury claim.
Compensation for broken arm scarring
If you have suffered depression or other mental illness after being left scarred, then you deserve to be compensated. Whether you are 100% sure of who was to blame for your accident or you need some advice, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to find out if you’re eligible to make a 100% no-win, no-fee claim for personal injury compensation today.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Rob Steen