Treating a wrist injury in the aftermath of an accident
If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault then you will need medical assistance. This is especially the case when it comes to treating a wrist injury which could be much more serious that first thought. While sometimes it might be easy to think of it as a sprain or strain, it is best to seek medical attention in case the wrist is fractured or broken.
Accident Advice Helpline has secured compensation for many accident victims who have suffered broken or fractured wrists in accidents that should have been prevented. These injuries required treatment in both the short and long term and it is sometimes the case that the injuries cause problems that last a lifetime.
The best ways of treating a wrist injury
In the event of a slip, trip or fall, you may well have fallen on your arm or your wrist. In many instances, the people involved in the slip, trip or fall have tried to stop themselves from falling by putting out their hands. In these circumstances the injuries caused to the wrist has been because of their body weight, although the accident itself is still the main cause.
Treatment for a wrist injury depends on the injury, but first aid should be administered at the scene if possible. Indeed, if the accident has occurred in the workplace, a designated first aider should be able to provide triage care while waiting for an ambulance or for a work colleague to take you to hospital.
This care includes the following:
- Elevating the wrist above the heart
- Applying a cold compress to the wrist area
- Securing the wrist in a sling to reduce movement
If the first aider is unsure as to whether the arm is broken then it is best not to try and put the arm in a sling, as this will only make things worse. This preliminary treatment can go a long way to ensuring the injury is not made worse during the journey to hospital.
If the accident has occurred in the workplace then a first aider should be available at all times. Failure to provide first aid care in the workplace can be seen as a failure in the duty of care on the part of the employer.
You want to claim for your injuries
In the aftermath of your accident, you may want to consider the possibility of making a personal injury claim. While no one wants to make a claim against their employer, it is worth noting that such injuries can lead to a loss of earnings as well as the possibility of the same thing happening again to someone else. It is also worth noting that you are not making a claim directly against your employer, but against their insurance.
Accident Advice Helpline has been securing compensation for the victims of accidents since 2000 and has helped many who have sustained wrist injuries. Our team of advisers is available daily, and when you call, one of the team will explain the nature of how to make a claim and whether you are eligible. If you are eligible then our adviser will pass your details to our team of no win no fee solicitors.
Call us today on 0800 689 5659. We are available every day and can discuss the nature of your accident, the injuries you have sustained and the circumstances brought about in the aftermath of the accident. Call us now to find out more about whether you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.