If you have had a nasty slip, trip or fall in the street, an accident at work, or a road traffic accident, then you may have been rushed to hospital for a broken leg assessment. If the accident was caused by someone else, then the broken leg assessment may be the first stage in a longer process which is known as a personal injury compensation claim.
The initial stages of this will be dealt with by a hospital’s accident and emergency department, then our law firm called Accident Advice Helpline can take over the legal aspects of the case.
What is the purpose of a broken leg assessment?
The broken leg assessment that you receive straight after your accident is carried out to establish if you have indeed broken your leg, and to assess how severe that break is. This informs the decision about what the best course of treatment is.
During your personal injury claim, you may be asked to attend another medical assessment appointment with a medical expert who will prepare an assessment report of your injuries. This second assessment is part of the claims process, and will be organised for you by your Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyer.
What happens at a broken leg assessment?
Once you arrive at the hospital, your leg will be assessed visually to see if there are any signs of it being out of shape or any changes in colour. The doctor may touch your leg to make sure that you still have feeling in the affected area, then you will have an X-ray to confirm if any of the leg bones are broken and how bad the break is. If you are in great pain, then you will be offered some pain relief to make this process more comfortable.
What happens after a broken leg assessment?
You will be given the appropriate treatment for the severity of the break. If the bones have just cracked but not moved out of place, then you will probably just have the affected limb put in plaster for a few weeks. You may need crutches to get around, and will certainly need a lift home because you will not be able to drive!
If the bones have moved out of place, then they will need to be moved back before a plaster cast is fitted. This may require an operation, and pins and plates may be needed to hold the bones in place while they heal.
After or during this process, you can call Accident Advice Helpline and speak to our team about starting a personal injury claim for a broken leg. You will only be able to do this if the accident in which you were hurt was not your own fault.
To discuss your accident in more detail with one of our expert advisers dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now.
Date Published: 11th June 2014
Author: Sharon Parry