Broken bones can happen at any time. Knowing what to do if you suffer broken bones in an accident can mean they mend quicker and reduce recovery times.
Furthermore it is worth being aware of how a break can occur as this can be useful information if you ever need to make a claim for compensation.
Getting treatment for broken bones in an accident
Ideally you ought to get medical help as soon as possible. However if someone is around who has had first aid training then they ought to be able to provide some kind of treatment before an ambulance arrives.
It is not advisable to try and fix a broken bone yourself if:
- The person is unconscious
- The person appears to be suffering shock, symptoms of which include cold sweat, pale skin as well as being short of breath and generally being confused
- They are severely bleeding
- They have sustained injuries to the neck, back, hip, pelvis or upper leg
- Movement or pressure causes pain
- Bone has pierced through skin, known as an “open fracture”
- The tips of the arm or leg are numb or bluish
Ways to treat an injury in an emergency include:
- Stopping a bleeding – preferably using a clean dressing and applying direct yet gentle pressure
- Using ice packs to deal with any swelling
- Immobilising a broken bone by wrapping a dressing around it
- Not moving the arm or leg unless it is essential that you do so, for example moving the casualty away from a dangerous area
- Keeping people calm – it is easy to forget that shock can have physical as well as mental effects as it drains blood from vital organs.
Remember to stay with people if they have been injured so that you can help if necessary and answer any questions the emergency services may have.
Noting the extent of your injuries
How you get injured can affect a compensation claim. For example an acute fracture can occur because something heavy got dropped onto it, causing the injury. This in turn could have been as a result of shelves that were not properly fitted and that can be the cause of an injury.
It is always worth taking notes during your treatment to show how the injury has affected you and to provide evidence of the kind of treatment you needed.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
A lot of people contact an insurer directly rather than the AAH. However, as a law firm, we are committed to being there for our clients rather than going for a quick settlement.
Some customers who have been disgruntled by the compensation process have said that we have offered a better service.
If you would like to know what we can offer you call our 24 hour helpline today!