Broken bones are common in high-speed car accidents due to the force of impact and the risks associated with flying debris. If you’ve suffered a broken arm in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve incurred.
Treating a Broken Arm After a Car Accident
There are three major bones in the arm: the humerus, the radius, and the ulna. After a car accident, signs that indicate a broken arm include swelling, pain when moving the arm, decreased sensation, and/or an inability to move the limb. In some cases, there may be an open wound from the bone puncturing the skin.
A doctor can diagnose a broken arm with a physical exam and X-rays. Typically, the injury is treated with a cast to stabilize the area and the patient given painkillers. However, if there are multiple breaks, signs of nerve damage or blood vessel damage, or the bones have gone through the skin, surgery may be necessary.
It can take three to six months for a broken arm to heal, with a cast being worn for four to six weeks. Children and young adults will typically heal the fastest. Individuals with diabetes, osteoporosis, or other chronic diseases are most likely to experience complications during the healing process.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation
Louisiana law protects your right to compensation for accident-related damages caused by another party’s negligence. This includes:
- Medical expenses, including emergency care, X-rays, painkillers, and physical therapy to help your arm heal
- Lost wages from the time you were unable to work due to your injury
- Pain and suffering
- Applicable property damage related to the accident
Have You Been Injured In A Louisiana Car Accident?
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