What to do in the event of a broken bone will largely depend on the circumstances surrounding the event, such as where you are, whether you are with anyone, what time it is and how serious you believe the injury to be. However, there are a number of key steps to take that are necessary in all cases of a potential broken bone. Here, we take a look at exactly what those steps are and how you should react to any accident that causes such an injury.
The first thing to do in nearly all cases of a broken bone is to call the emergency services. As you don’t know what is broken, how badly it is broken or whether there are any other issues, it’s best that the injured party remains as calm and still as possible, ensuring that no pressure or strain is placed on the broken bone. If the injury is anywhere particularly severe, such as the back, neck, hip or head, don’t move them at all. If there is swelling around the peripheral areas, you may need to remove any rings, watches, bracelets etc.
Keep a close eye on the situation
While waiting for the arrival of the emergency services, it is important that the situation continues to be monitored. Don’t allow the injured party to become too cold and watch for signs of shock. Regular checks to ensure breathing and circulation are still fine should be taken without moving the injured party. If they absolutely have to be moved to ensure their safety, in cases of a rising tide or particularly dangerous location, try and use a splint, sling or stretcher to keep them as still as possible.
Once the emergency services have arrived, they will take over the medical care. However, in certain circumstances, there will be follow-up procedures to think about. For instance, if the accident took place in the workplace, you may want to think about filing a personal injury compensation claim.
There are many organisations, like injurylawyers4u, that provide ‘no win no fee’ legal services for those whose accidents were no fault of their own. If you feel someone else was responsible for the injury you sustained, it may be worth contacting such services for further advice and more detailed information.
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