In 2009, over two million adult drivers and passengers were treated in hospitals and emergency rooms throughout the United States, many of these injuries were associated with the wrist. The wrist is made up of two bones from the forearm, radius and ulna, and eight smaller bones commonly referred to as carpals. The carpals include; scaphoid, lunate, trapezium, pisiform, trapezoid, triquetrum, capitate, and hamate. These bones support a tube that travels through the wrist, known as the carpal tunnel. This holds the tendons and nerves and is held in place by a ligament.
Wrist injuries are common in auto accidents due to the fact that the wrist obtains a large blow, from holding the steering wheel, at the time of an impact. It is common for many accident drivers to complain about wrist injuries after an accident.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident resulting in a serious wrist injury, due to the negligence of another individual, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and damages.
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Common Types of Wrist Injuries
The wrist is an extremely complex structure in the body and when any type of damage is suffered, it requires the attention of a medical professional, often a hand and wrist specialist. Wrist injuries are often the most complicated form of injury to treat due to their complexity. Often times they will require a number of different surgeries and therapies to get its full range of motion back to its pre-existing state.
There are many types of wrist injuries sustained in a car accident and it is imperative to see a medical professional following any type of accident. However, many times wrist injuries are ignored because an individual may think it will heal on its own. Although this is true, it will not heal correctly and will lead to further complications.
The three most common types of wrist injuries include:
A sprain can be classified as the ligaments surrounding the wrist becoming injured. A sprain is also classified as a Grade 1 injury and is often caused by the stretching or tearing of ligaments. This is a very common form of injury that typically occurs after the wrist is forcefully bent.
The common symptoms associated with wrist sprains include; pain, swelling, discoloration, and bruising. Typically a physician will advise a patient to RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) and MEAT (Movement, Exercise, Analgesics, Treatment) for a sprained wrist and will usually apply a splint or cast to immobilize the body part.
Torn Wrist Ligaments
When a ligament is partially torn it is classified as a Grade 2 injury. This will often result in the loss of function in the wrist or hand. However, with a Grade 3 injury, the wrist ligaments are completely torn and are commonly associated with a wrist fracture. Typically, those who suffer from a torn wrist ligament will experience extreme pain and swelling.
An MRI will often be required to determine the exact damage of the wrist. In most Grade 3 injuries surgery will be required to correct the injury. Following surgery this individual will typically be put in a cast or splint to immobilize the injury. They will also need to meet with an occupational therapist to regain full range of motion and functionality.
The scaphoid is the smallest bone in the wrist, which makes it extremely susceptible to fracture. These types of fractures are common in auto accidents, due to the pressure applied from the steering wheel. Scaphoid fractures are difficult to pinpoint due to their size and often times there is no deformity present. Thus, it is advised to visit a medical professional following an automobile accident.
Scaphoid fractures can usually be treated by splinting the wrist for a couple of weeks. Following these weeks a medical professional will determine if a cast is required. The scaphoid will usually heal within six months.
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Contact An Experienced Auto Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident and suffers from wrist injuries due to the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Florida accident victims may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage.
At Gordon & Doner, we provide free legal consultations for all accident victims. During your consultation, a member of our legal team will assess your claim and recommend the most satisfying legal remedy to pursue.
Our attorneys and staff possess the knowledge and resources to successfully handle all types of auto accident cases. We have aided numerous clients in receiving the maximum compensation for their legal claims. Contact us at 1-855-722-2552 and a legal representative will take the information regarding your injury and put one of our experienced attorneys on your case.
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