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Elbow Fractures

Following an elbow fracture, ongoing health issues may include chronic pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility in the elbow, which can impact daily activities. There can also be nerve damage leading to numbness or tingling in the arm or hand. Some individuals may develop arthritis in the elbow over time, increasing pain and further limiting joint function. Complications during healing, like improper bone alignment or joint instability, may necessitate additional surgeries. In some cases, patients might experience decreased strength in the affected arm, requiring long-term rehabilitation to regain full function and minimise disability.

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An elbow fracture is a break in one or more of the bones that make up the elbow joint, typically involving the radius, ulna, or humerus. Such fractures can result from direct impacts, like falls or blows, or indirect forces, such as landing on an outstretched hand. Symptoms usually include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and a noticeable decrease in the elbow’s range of motion. Diagnosis is confirmed through X-rays. Treatment varies depending on the severity of the fracture and can range from casting or splinting to surgery for more complex breaks, often followed by physical therapy to restore function. In scenarios where the fracture is caused by a negligent third party, it may be possible to bring a claim for injury compensation.

What sort of negligent behaviours can cause an elbow fracture?

Failure to maintain safe environments, leading to slips, trips, or falls, is one of the most common forms of negligence that can lead to this type of fracture. In sports or recreational activities, improper supervision or inadequate training might result in an accident causing this type of injury. At work, employers might neglect safety protocols or fail to provide necessary protective equipment. In road traffic accidents, reckless or distracted driving can lead to collisions where occupants might suffer elbow fractures. Lastly, direct physical altercations or assaults, where an individual is forcibly hit or pushed, can also result in such injuries.

What are the more severe consequences of an elbow fracture?

More severe consequences include permanent joint stiffness or deformity, which can limit the range of motion and hinder daily tasks. There is also a risk of chronic pain and ongoing discomfort. In some cases, nerve or blood vessel damage near the elbow can result in loss of sensation or impaired blood flow to the arm and hand. Complications such as infection, especially post-surgery, can hinder recovery. Additionally, severe fractures may lead to early onset arthritis in the elbow joint, causing persistent pain and mobility issues that deteriorate over time.

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

It is possible to bring a compensation claim if the injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongful action. This can include accidents at work due to inadequate safety measures, car accidents where another driver is at fault, or slips and falls on improperly maintained property. To successfully claim compensation, it must be demonstrated that the other party had a duty of care, breached that duty, and directly caused the injury. The claim should be filed within the statute of limitations, which is usually two years in personal injury cases.

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