If you have suffered a serious fracture, it’s normal for broken arm wires to be used during surgery, to hold your broken bones in place whilst they heal. These wires, also known as K-wires, usually stick out of the arm and are covered with a plaster and padding – this is so that they can be easily removed once the broken bone has healed. Broken arm wires are usually removed after four to six weeks and children with arm wires will normally have these removed under general anaesthetic. If you have taken time off work for broken arm surgery and to have wires inserted or removed, then you could find you’re able to make a claim for personal injury compensation, if somebody else caused your accident.
Why might you need broken arm wires?
Severe fractures where the bone becomes misaligned or displaced may need broken arm wires to heal properly. Without the wires, there is a risk the arm will not heal properly and you could be left without the use of your arm or permanently disfigured. Severe fractures could include complex fractures, where the bone is broken in several places, open fractures, where the bone sticks out through a wound in the skin, or even serious crush injuries. If you have been injured whilst working in a factory or warehouse – for example if your arm is caught in heavy machinery – then you may suffer crush injuries that could lead to multiple arm fractures.
Wearing wires in your arm for four to six weeks probably means you’ll need to take some time off work, and this can affect your finances. Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a 100% no-win, no-fee personal injury claim which could help you out financially until you’re fit enough to return to work.
What happens after your accident?
If you’re wondering whether you’re able to claim compensation after breaking your arm in an accident, you can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our advisors are on hand offering confidential, no-obligation advice, however you have broken your arm, so call us today on 0800 689 0500 (or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone). We’ll be able to tell you if you have a viable claim and support you throughout the compensation process – in most cases you won’t even need to go to court, as the majority of claims can be handled over the phone.
Date Published: March 9, 2017
Author: Rob Steen