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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

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    The symptoms of a broken wrist


    Wrist fractures are the most common type, making up around 25% of all limb fractures. If your wrist is injured in an accident you may or may not know if it has been broken.

    If you are looking to make a claim for it then it helps to know what those symptoms are and how this injury can occur.

    When you know the symptoms of a broken wrist it should then be easier to discuss your case with a legal representative.

    Different types

    There is not one simple type of broken wrist. They are also known as fractures and the different types include:

    • Colles’ fracture – distal radius, common with older people with osteoporosis
    • Smith’s fracture, aka reverse Colles’ fracture – distal radius, usually caused by a backward outstretched hand during a fall
    • Scaphoid fracture – 10-15% are missed on X-ray, caused by fall to outstretched hand
    • Barton’s fracture – will usually require an operation
    • Chauffeur’s fracture – caused by a blow to the wrist
    • Greenstick fracture – this one only affects children when the bone becomes broken and distorted
    • Ulnar styloid fracture – may not always appear on X-ray, can result in 3 weeks in plaster

    Level of risk

    Children and older people are most at risk. For children it is because they are more likely to take risks while older people are more likely to fall and are likely to have weaker bones due to osteoporosis.

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    There is also an increased risk if you are someone who takes part in sports, especially the extreme kind like bungee jumping. However, it is still important to be aware of the risks you are taking and to check equipment thoroughly.

    Organisers of such sports and equipment manufacturers have a duty to do all they can to minimise risk and protect people as much as possible.

    What to do if you see the symptoms of a broken wrist

    As you can see, it is not always immediately obvious if you have a broken wrist and the type of fracture can vary and thus the treatment can vary too. It is important for people treating injuries to have the right first aid training and be able to recognise these symptoms.

    If you get the wrong treatment this can make your symptoms worse. It is also worth knowing whether yours is the type of injury that can be caused by sudden impact as this can often be a crucial factor in tying it to an accident at work.

    Talk to us at Accident Advice Helpline about your injury. We have been handling claims for over 13 years now and our legal representatives have been helping many people over that time get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to find out how we can help you!

    Date Published: October 15, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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