A compensation claim with a personal injury lawyer in Bishopton can be started for a wide range of injuries, one of which is a broken wrist. This is a common injury to suffer in a slip, trip or fall, as it is a natural reaction to put your arms out in front of you as you fall. The arms take the full impact of the fall and the forces can be too great for the bones in the forearm to withstand.
Compensation claims for broken wrists – the fall
Many people who start compensation claims for broken arms with a personal injury lawyer in Bishopton are immediately aware that they have broken their arms because:
- They heard or felt a snap as they fell;
- The wrist is extremely painful;
- The area is swelling;
- The bones are obviously out of shape; and/or
- The bones are protruding from the skin (this is a very serious type of fracture and is called a compound fracture).
It is best to try and support the area and apply some ice (a bag of frozen peas is ideal) whilst you are taken to the local accident and emergency department. Before you leave the scene of the accident, it is a good idea to get someone to collect some information for you. Make a note of what you slipped, tripped or fell over and what the general surface and weather conditions were like at the time. Record the contact details of everyone who saw you fall in case you want to ask them to provide a witness statement at a later date.
Compensation claims for broken wrists – the treatment
Make a mental note of all the treatment that you receive, as you will need this information to support your claim at a later date. Get hold of Accident Advice Helpline as soon as you can to obtain some vital early advice. They will be able to use a unique 30-second test to assess if you have grounds to make a claim – it can even give you an estimate of how much money you may receive if your claim is successful.
You may be in plaster for a period of weeks and this will affect your ability to work. Many people who have suffered a broken wrist lose money because they cannot work, or they have to pay out for childcare or help around the home. A compensation claim with a personal injury lawyer in Bishopton can help you to get some money towards this.
You may have to travel to physiotherapy appointments once the plaster is removed to help you to get your wrist moving again. You may be able to include these travelling expenses in your claim as well. It is important to keep receipts and invoices to provide proof of your costs.
If you want to discuss your accident in more detail then make sure you get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert advisers can be reached on 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: 10th January 2014
Author: David Brown