Did you know that each arm contains 30 bones, nerves, joints, muscles, and blood vessels. That is why damage to an arm can be so painful. We use many of our arm muscles in everyday activities – from holding and lifting to writing or typing. It is important, if you injure your arm, including your forearm, shoulder, wrist or hand, that you take proper recovery advice to ensure quick and correct rehabilitation.
If the arm injury wasn’t your fault, you may also consider claiming compensation – especially as the injury could have caused you to take time off work and lose out on earnings. Making a compensation claim will involve the services of an injury lawyer Dornoch may not have too many options but there are national firms who can help.
Injuries to the arm and forearm
The arm consists of two areas: the area between your shoulder and elbow, known as the ‘arm’, and the area between the elbow and wrist, known as the ‘forearm’. Because your arms are used all the time, for all manner of tasks, they are one of the easier body parts to injure. Arm injuries can include broken bones as well as cuts, bruises, fractures, dislocation or burns.
The most common cause of a wrist injury is a fall. This can lead to fractures, breaks, or sprains. Another common problem particularly for those who use repeated actions such as typists is repetitive strain injury (R.S.I) this is a common cause of sickness from work. Carpal tunnel syndrome is damage to the wrist whereby a nerve gets compressed, causing numbness, weakness and ‘pins and needles’. It has not been proved that there is a definite connection between working conditions and carpal tunnel syndrome, so it can be hard to prove that carpal tunnel syndrome injuries have been caused in this way.
However, there is a continual debate and research into the question of whether working environments can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. In many cases, workers diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome are entitled to time off and compensation.
The Elbow and Shoulder
There is actually nothing funny about hitting your funny bone it’s not very pleasant. Elbow injuries can be very serious and, as well as rendering your arm immobile, can also be very painful.
Manual labour, lifting and construction work can lead to elbow injuries as well as can a slip or fall- other injuries, including ‘tennis elbow’, can be induced through repetitive tasks such as hammering or using a screwdriver, and can make it hard to do simple tasks due to pain in the elbow and wrist.
Shoulder injuries are common in manual labour, as frequent lifting and carrying can strain and injure the shoulder. Recovery on such an integral joint can take a long time and keep you out of work. In such instances, compensation can be the only way to recover lost earnings and help to make up for the trouble involved in having such an injury.
Injury lawyer in Dornoch – Getting help
If your injury was caused by an accident that was not your fault or a result of damage at work then you should contact an injury lawyer in Dornoch may not have much choice but Accident Advice Helpline are here to help. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline of 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone today.
Date Published: 19th January 2014
Author: David Brown