How do bones break?
Have you ever wondered how a broken bone happens? All it takes to break a bone is a forceful impact or an excessive twist. You will suddenly feel severe pain and the area where the break is may look deformed. Sometimes the skin is pierced as well and the broken bone may protrude. Fractures can happen to various parts of the body and fall into a variety of different categories, according to their severity. Here are just a few examples:
- Stable fracture – this type of fracture is where the broken bone ends line up; it’s usually the least serious type of fracture
- Open/compound fracture – with this type of fracture the bone will be poking out through the skin. This can be caused by the bone itself piercing the skin or by a blow to the skin at the time of the fracture
- Displaced fracture – where the bone snaps in two or more parts and moves so the ends are not aligned. Surgery may be required to realign the bones
- Comminuted fracture – where the bone breaks into many pieces
The length of time taken to heal from broken bones depends on the type of fracture you have suffered, the severity of the fracture and what treatment you require.
Healing time for broken bones
Everybody heals at different rates – for example, children’s bones may heal more quickly, whilst for elderly people, fractures may take a long time to heal. Your recovery time can also be affected by the severity of your injury and whether or not you needed surgery. On average, here are some healing times for the most common types of fractures:
- Legs: 6-8 weeks
- Ankles: 6 weeks +
- Wrists: 8 weeks +
- Arms: 6-10 weeks
For very young children, broken bones could heal in as little as three weeks, whilst for older children and adults, it could take 10 weeks or more to heal from some types of fractures, as everybody heals differently. The amount of time your injury takes to heal can influence the amount of compensation you can get from broken bone claims, as you will need to take time off work until you have recovered after your accident.
Making broken bone claims
After any accident, the first thing you should do is see a medical professional to get any injuries properly treated. How they go about treating broken bones depends on what type of break you have suffered, but getting treatment sooner rather than later is important. If the bones need to be put back in place, or surgery is needed, your recovery can be affected if this is not done soon after the accident. It’s important to seek medical advice as without doing so, you will be unable to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
How are broken bones treated?
Broken bone claims for compensation take into account how your injuries were treated and how long you took to recover from them. So how are broken bones normally treated? You’ll usually have an x-ray (and sometimes additional scans) to determine that your bone is actually broken. You’ll normally be given painkillers and your broken bone may be held in place with a splint. If your bones are aligned then a plaster cast will normally be applied, to allow the bones to heal. If your bones are misaligned then you may need to go through a procedure known as reduction, which can be carried out under sedative and local anaesthetic (to numb the area) or under general anaesthetic, where you will be asleep.
In the case of serious, multiple fractures, you may need surgery to realign and fix bones using plates, wires, screws or rods. In some cases, external frames may be attached to broken bones, with pins to hold them in place. These are removed once the fracture has healed.
Next steps to making a claim
Once you have been treated, then you may want to consider claiming compensation for broken bones, from whoever was to blame. Most personal injury claims are settled by insurance companies, so do not worry that you will cause the responsible person, for instance your employer, a financial problem by making a claim against them. Employers have liability insurance in place which will normally pay out in the event of a successful personal injury claim.
The cost of claiming
Don’t let concerns over the cost of claiming for broken bones stop you pursuing compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline we operate on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis so that we can be certain that all accident victims have the same opportunity to claim compensation. We do not need any money from you before your claim is started, which means that you don’t need to worry about how you will be able to afford upfront legal fees in order to make a claim.
Getting your claim started
To get your claim started all you need to do is get in touch with us today. Our friendly advisors will answer any questions you may have about the claims process and will be there to guide you all the way through your claim, if you decide to go ahead.
Because of our 100% no-win, no-fee* service, you will not need any money to get your claim started, so why not have a no-obligation chat to us now. You can call us from a landline on 0800 689 0500 or from a mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 27th March 2017