Because children’s bones are still growing, a broken arm can be a much more serious injury for a child than for an adult. Most minor fractures in children will heal within a few weeks – in fact, in some cases, fractured arms in children may heal much more quickly than in adults. However, if your child suffered a broken arm, it is vitally important that they receive medical attention to ensure that the bones heal in the correct position.
Failure to check this could result in a deformity that could permanently affect their ability to use their arm properly. Did your six-year-old suffer a broken arm? If so, then you could make a claim for personal injury compensation on their behalf, if somebody else caused their accident. There’s a three-year time limit in place to do this, so don’t wait too long.
Can a six-year-old suffer a broken arm after a fall?
A slip, trip or fall is one of the most common ways for children to sustain injuries such as a broken arm. Asking, ‘Can a six-year-old suffer a broken arm after a fall?’ is similar to asking if an adult can – anybody, at any age, can sustain minor or serious injuries after a slip, trip or fall. Whilst children’s bones are softer and more resilient than adults, there is also the risk of their bones growing more slowly or them suffering a deformity after a fracture, which is why medical attention is so important.
If your child has broken their arm after a fall from playground equipment at school or if they broke their arm in a car accident caused by a dangerous driver, you could find you are eligible to make a claim for compensation on their behalf. Not only could you claim compensation for their injuries – you could also be eligible to claim compensation for any lost earnings you have suffered; for example if you’ve taken weeks off work to look after them.
How much compensation can I claim?
Many people don’t realise it is possible to claim compensation after their child’s accident, or they assume it won’t be worthwhile making a claim for such a minor injury. In fact, the amount of compensation you’ll get depends on the severity of your child’s injury – for example if they have suffered permanent nerve damage after a broken arm, you may be able to claim more compensation. You can take the 30-second test on our website for an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to, then give us a call on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile) to see if you have a viable claim.
Date Published: March 11, 2017
Author: Rob Steen