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Arm Fractures

After an arm fracture, some individuals may face ongoing health issues such as chronic pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. There can be nerve damage leading to weakness, numbness, or tingling sensations. Joint problems, such as arthritis, might develop in the area, especially if the fracture involves the joints. Improper healing of the bone, known as malunion, can result in deformities and functional limitations. Additionally, in severe cases, a condition called compartment syndrome, which involves increased pressure within the muscle compartments, can cause muscle and nerve damage if not promptly treated.

Arm fracture x-ray

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An arm fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in the arm, typically involving the humerus, radius, or ulna. This injury can result from direct impacts, falls, or excessive force, such as twisting. Symptoms often include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to move the affected area. Some fractures might cause the arm to appear deformed if the bones are displaced. Diagnosis is usually confirmed through X-rays. Treatment varies based on the fracture’s severity and location, ranging from casting and splinting to surgical intervention for realignment and stabilisation of the bones. In scenarios where the arm fracture was caused by the negligence or wrongful behaviour of a third party, it may be possible to bring an injury compensation claim.

What sort of negligent behaviours can cause an arm fracture?

Failure to maintain safe environments, leading to slips, trips, and falls, is a common cause. In road traffic accidents, reckless or impaired driving can directly result in collisions causing such injuries. In workplaces, inadequate safety training or failure to provide protective gear can lead to accidents. Additionally, in sports or physical activities, improper supervision or failing to enforce safety rules can increase the risk of injury. Lastly, violent acts, such as pushing or hitting, are common causes of arm fractures.

What are the more severe consequences of an arm fracture?

Severe consequences of an arm fracture can include permanent loss of function or chronic pain, particularly if the fracture damages the surrounding nerves or joints. Complications like malunion, where the bone heals improperly, or nonunion, where the bone fails to heal, can result in deformities and ongoing discomfort. In some cases, the bone might puncture the skin, increasing the risk of infection. Additionally, compartment syndrome, a serious condition where swelling cuts off blood flow to the arm, can lead to muscle and nerve damage, sometimes necessitating urgent surgical intervention to prevent long-term disability.

When is it possible to bring a compensation claim following an arm fracture?

It is possible to bring a compensation claim if the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional action. This includes situations like unsafe work environments, car accidents due to another’s reckless driving, or slips and falls on poorly maintained property. The claim must be filed within a specific time frame set by statute of limitations, usually two years in personal injury cases. To successfully claim compensation, you must demonstrate that the other party had a duty of care, breached that duty, and caused your injury, resulting in financial losses or suffering.

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