Even something simple like an awkward landing after a slip or trip can lead to broken bones, so it isn't always serious incidents that cause these painful injuries. And if your broken bone, however serious, was caused by something that wasn't your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.
Types of broken bone
A cracked or broken bone is known as a fracture and these injuries can occur to any part of the skeleton. Fractures where the skin around the injury has remained intact are called 'closed' or 'simple' fractures, whereas injuries where the bone has broken through the skin are called 'open' or 'compound' fractures. Compound fractures are the more serious as the bone is open to infection from the outside world.
Serious fractures, particularly fractures that affect the joints, can lead to osteoarthritis, which is the most common type of arthritis in the UK.
Broken bone symptoms and treatment
Depending on how badly the bone is damaged, symptoms of a fracture include:
- Pain and swelling
- The injured limb or body part bent at an unnatural angle
- A grinding or grating sensation or sound in the joint or bone
- Discoloured skin or bruising in the area
- Inability to put weight on or move the injured limb
Treatment for broken bones involves the fractured area being kept immobile for around six weeks. After the fracture has healed, you may need physiotherapy in order to regain strength and mobility.
Let Claims Direct help
Following a broken bone, it is vital that you receive rehabilitation to help you cope as you recover from your injury. Claims Direct will help you through this process to ensure you get the treatment you need.
For a free discussion on what options you have following breaking a bone after an accident, call Claims Direct free on 0800 884 0279. You can speak to one of our trained representatives or, if you'd prefer us to call you right back, leave your details on our online form.SHARE THIS