Broken bones can often be fixed using a cast or plate to hold the bone in place. However, more complex fractures may require the insertion and subsequent removal of metal rods or plates to ensure the fracture heals correctly.
At Bond Turner, our team of experienced, Grade A solicitors can assist you with making a claim for compensation if you must undergo metal work surgery following an accident which was not your fault. Having metal work inserted or removed is often painful and distressing, and is likely to require significant time off work. Our team understands the impact this can have on you and your family, and is committed to supporting you throughout the claims process.
Why does metal work need to be used to fix some broken bones?
Human bone is a living tissue; therefore, if it breaks it will heal itself. New bone will grow between the break, fusing the bone back together. However, the bones need to be held in place, so they heal in the right position. This can be done with a cast, but sometimes surgery and metal work will be needed.
For example, if you suffer a tibia or fibula fracture (or both) following a motorbike accident, a surgeon may need to place special screws, plates, rods, wires, or nails inside the bones to fix them in the correct place. This prevents the bones from healing abnormally.
Once the fracture is healed, does the metalwork need to be removed?
Removing metal work used to stabilise bones in a complex fracture is becoming less common as the nerves can be damaged during the process. However, if the metal work is causing you discomfort or has become loose, doctors may remove it. In children and teenagers, metal work is usually removed.
How Bond Turner can help
If you are the victim of accident caused by another person or organisation’s negligence, our experienced, compassionate personal injury solicitors can advise and represent you. Our service is much more than just legal advice; we can be there from day one of your accident to the very end of your recovery and the compensation process. In the early stages of working with you, we will leave no stone unturned to ensure you have access to a comprehensive rehabilitation programme. And when it comes to fighting your legal case, our firm has three in-house barristers and strong relationships with leading Counsel and QC’s who can represent you in your claim.
If you are unable to travel, we can visit you in the comfort of your home or hospital. You can trust us to undertake all aspects of the compensation claim on your behalf, including providing one of our in-house interpreters if needed, obtaining expert medical evidence, and providing post-accident support and assistance throughout the litigation process.