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What Do I Do About My Car Accident Hand Injury?

  1. What Do I Do About My Car Accident Hand Injury?
  2. Common Hand and Wrist Injuries
  3. Medical Attention is Vital After a Hand Injury
  4. Personal Injury Lawyers Know How to Help
  5. Will Adams Law Firm Stands Up for You

What Do I Do About My Car Accident Hand Injury?

Hand injuries are common after car crashes. While they might not necessarily be as frightening as brain or spinal injuries, they do have the potential to be life-altering.

Even with the most common hand injuries, it’s important to take certain steps to increase your chances of getting the money you need and deserve. But navigating these steps can be challenging, especially as you’re trying to heal.

This article will outline common car accident hand injuries and how to go after the compensation you need to rebuild your life. We’ll also discuss how personal injury lawyers can help.

Common Hand and Wrist Injuries

Considering where your hands are when you’re driving, it’s not surprising that they often end up with serious injuries from traffic crashes. Even if you weren’t driving, thrusting your arms out to brace for impact means your hands likely sustained a great deal of force in the accident.

Some of the most common hand and wrist injuries people suffer in car accidents include:

Broken Bones

The bones in your fingers (phalanges), hand (metacarpals), and wrists (carpals) are small and break relatively easily under force. Gripping the steering wheel, grabbing the dashboard, or pressing the inside of a door makes your hands vulnerable to that initial impact, and tensing keeps that force from being distributed into your arms and shoulders.

Even a minor fracture can cause pain, weakness, and disfigurement. Other typical symptoms are swelling, bruising, and crooked or immobile fingers. Signs of a broken hand or broken wrist might not be obvious at first, which is why you should always be examined by a medical professional as quickly as possible after a car accident.

Wrist Injuries

Your wrist connects your arm to your hand and includes the ends of your arm bones (radius and ulna), a collection of eight small carpal bones, and the beginnings of the five metacarpals in your hand. An injury anywhere in the bones or tissues of your arm or hand could impact the wrist.

Wrist injuries can damage the range of motion and rotation you use to pick things up, write, type, craft, play music, or communicate. Again, while this might not seem as scary as some other car accident injuries, it can greatly reduce your quality of life and you may be eligible for compensation.

Joint Dislocation

Dislocation happens when bones are displaced from their proper positions at the joint. We might immediately think of ball-and-socket type injuries, like a dislocated shoulder, but dislocation can happen at any joint for any bone.

Hands that have been in car accidents are very prone to dislocation, especially the middle finger knuckles. Symptoms can include pain, decreased movement and range of motion, swelling, redness, and numbness.

Torn Ligaments

Ligaments hold bones together, including the network of numerous individual bones in your fingers, hand, and wrist. The force of a car crash is often enough to cause tears in that connective tissue. Sprains (excessive stretching of ligaments) can also happen.

Left untreated, seriously damaged ligaments aren’t likely to heal properly, even if they aren’t torn. The pain and swelling may diminish, but you could experience long-term problems with mobility and stability in your hand.

Other Soft Tissue Injuries

Your hands contain skin, muscles, nerves, and tendons, all of which can get hurt in a car accident. From mild inflammation to painful strains (damage to the tendons that attach muscles to bones) and even tingling, the injuries will likely make it harder to work, play, and even rest without pain and limitations.

Externally, the skin on your hands can be cut, burned, or bruised in a car crash. Long term effects may include tightness, sensitivity (an increase or a loss), and scarring.

Medical Attention is Vital After a Hand Injury

It’s always important to see a medical professional if you have pain or visible injuries to your hands or wrists after a traffic accident. Injuries to your neck, shoulders, and arms can also cause hand issues, such as tingling, weakness, and pain.

Sometimes, the extent of your injuries and the effect they’ll have on your life are not clear at first. Hand and wrist pain symptoms don’t always fully emerge until hours, days, or even weeks later. Any hand injury may require surgery, physical therapy, or other treatment.

Getting a full evaluation from a medical professional as soon as possible after your accident greatly increases your chances for an early, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. It will also help your legal case by demonstrating your efforts to heal.

Be aware that, the older you are, the more likely you are to have serious hand injuries and healing challenges. This is because bone density and collagen decrease with age, making us more prone to bone fractures and slower to rebuild tissue.

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Personal Injury Lawyers Know How to Help

If you have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness, it’s worth your time to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your car accident. Even if you aren’t catastrophically injured, experienced legal guidance can make a difference when it comes to your financial compensation.

The sooner you talk to an attorney about a hand or wrist injury, the better; you can begin developing a solid strategy right away. Most personal injury firms begin with a free case evaluation, meaning you won’t owe anything to find the right attorney-client relationship.

Perhaps best of all, working with a lawyer takes a lot of weight off your shoulders. They’ll navigate the legal system, talk to the insurance company, and negotiate your medical bills while you work on healing and rebuilding your life.

Will Adams Law Firm Stands Up for You

At Will Adams Law Firm, we are committed to standing up for what’s right. When you or someone you love was injured because of another’s negligence, you deserve the support of a firm that prioritizes your recovery and holds the other party accountable.

Our team has experience representing clients with all sorts of auto accident injuries, including hand and wrist injuries from car crashes, and we’re ready to hear your story. Set up your free initial consultation when you call (281) 371-6345 or complete the easy contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

References

Three common injuries from car crashes. (2020, Oct. 6). AICA Orthopedics. Retrieved from https://aica.com/3-common-hand-injuries-from-car-crashes/

 

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.

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