Wrist Injuries Caused by Auto Accidents
In an auto accident, some of the first bones to be injured are those in the wrist.
In 2009, over two million adult drivers and passengers were treated in hospitals and emergency rooms throughout the United States, and many of these victims sustained wrist injuries.This is a very common injury because the driver’s first instinct is to grip the wheel on impact.
Did you hurt your wrist after being involved in an auto accident? Even the slightest pain could become a lifelong problem, and you deserve compensation for ongoing medical treatment or prescriptions to help it heal.
Contact Gordon & Doner today for a FREE evaluation of your injury claim. Fill out the free case evaluation form on the right for help, or call us at 1-855-722-2552.
Anatomy of a Joint: What can be Injured?
The wrist is made up of two bones from the forearm known as the radius and ulna, and eight smaller bones commonly referred to as carpals. 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.
Common Types of Wrist Injuries from a Car Accident
The wrist is an extremely complex structure in the body. When it is damaged it requires the attention of a medical professional. These injuries can be difficult to heal. In some cases they may require a number of different surgeries and therapies to get the join back to full range of motion. Hand and wrist specialists are trained to deal with the following types of injuries:
Sprains and Strains
A sprain happens when the ligaments surrounding the wrist are 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. A physician will advise a patient to perform RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) and MEAT (Movement, Exercise, Analgesics, Treatment) treatments for a sprained wrist. A splint or cast may be used to immobilize the body part.
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. This is usually 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 means it can fracture very easily. These types of breaks are common in auto accidents due to the pressure applied from the steering wheel. Scaphoid fractures are difficult to pinpoint due to their size. Many times this injury is not visible. It's advisable to visit a medical professional following an automobile accident because of this.
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.
Can I Recover Compensation for my Injury?
Yes. Wrist pain after a car accident can interfere with your daily life for years to come. When a crash happens because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.
Gordon & Doner will aggressively represent your injury claim and work to get you the maximum amount of compensation. No injury is too small to seek monetary damages for your pain and suffering. Contact our firm by filling out the FREE case evaluation form on the right or by calling us at 1-855-722-2552.