Walking around Burnham-on-Sea and along by the sea should be a pleasure – and most of the time it certainly is. However, on rare occasions people who are walking around Burnham-on-Sea can suffer a nasty slip, trip or fall during which they are injured.
So what caused the fall? Was it caused by a worn or broken floor or paving surface, a loose hand rail on some stairs or some sort of obstacle on the floor that should not have been there?
If the answer is ‘YES’ then it may be possible for the injured person to start a personal injury compensation claim by calling the leading law firm Accident Advice Helpline. When we fall, the natural reaction is to put your arms out in front of you to stop your face from hitting the ground first- this is a natural reaction. As a result, a broken collar bone is a common injury to suffer in a fall.
Spotting a broken collar bone
In order for your personal injury solicitor in Burnham-on-Sea to make a compensation claim for a broken collar bone you must first be diagnosed with this injury by a doctor and so it is always sensible to seek medical attention. There are several medical signs which suggest a diagnosis of a broken collar bone. They are:
- Swelling (inflammation) and tenderness (it will hurt when you touch it)
- Bruising in the tissues immediately around the collar bone
- If the bone is badly broken it may pierce the skin and poke out – this is usually accompanied by great pain and some bleeding
Broken collar bone first aid
The immediate priority is normally to reduce the injured person’s pain. This can be achieved by holding the arm stable as they are being moved to hospital. This is usually done with a sling which goes under the forearm and around the neck. A towel can be used for the job if a sling is not available.
Another strategy to reduce pain and swelling is to make the area cold by applying ice. Sometimes an ice pack is not available and then a pack of frozen peas wrapped in a clean towel can be used instead. You have to take care when applying ice – it can burn the skin if it is applied directly.
Serious broken collar bone injuries
Usually, the only way to diagnose a broken collar bone with certainty is to perform an x-ray and this is done in hospital. However, some collar bone injuries are obviously more severe. Here, the bones may have broken through the skin and the broken edges have moved a long way away from each other – this sort of injury will require surgery.
Personal injury solicitor in Burnham-on-Sea
If you have been injured through someone else’s fault, we may be able to win compensation on your behalf. Get in touch now via our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: 5th April 2014
Author: David Brown