The hands are an incredible piece of anatomic engineering that we use continually in our daily lives. Injuries to the hands and wrists can be extremely painful and prevent us from performing our job duties or simple daily tasks.
The hand contains 19 bones and the wrist contains 8, along with nerves, blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Trauma from a fall, a car accident, or an accident or repetitive use in the workplace carries the potential for a variety of possible injuries to the hands and wrists.
If you or a loved one has suffered a hand or wrist injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. You should seek legal advice immediately – before you discuss the matter with an insurance adjuster and before you sign anything.
Let the personal injury attorneys at Kraft & Associates, P.C., advise you about your rights after an accident that caused hand or wrist injuries. We’re an established and professional law firm with friendly lawyers and staff who are easy to talk to. Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online.
Types of Wrist and Hand Injuries
The large number of bones in the hands and wrists and their relative fragility make a wide variety of injuries possible. Common types of wrist and hand injuries include the following:
- Fractures: The radial bone near the wrist, the scaphoid bone on the thumb side of the wrist and the metacarpal and phalanx bones in the hand can fracture from the impact of a fall or a motor vehicle or workplace accident.
- Amputations: Fingers and hands can be crushed and amputated in car crashes and in workplace accidents involving machinery.
- Burns: Hands and wrists can be burned in automobile accident fires and explosions or in workplace accidents.
- Sprains: Tearing of the ligaments or connective tissue in the wrist, fingers or thumbs can result from falls, work-related accidents and car accidents.
- Dislocations: The force of impact in a car crash or motorcycle accident, or from a fall with the hands outstretched, can tear connective tissue and displace and separate bones of the hand and wrist.
- Lacerations: Hands and wrists can be cut by broken glass or sharp objects in motor vehicle or workplace accidents.
- Wrist impingement/impaction: Compression or pinching of the wrist joint structures resulting in pain can be caused by falls onto outstretched hands or by the impact of a car accident.
- TFCC tear: Twisting or side bending forces can cause damage to the cartilage tissue on the little finger side of the wrist joint (triangular fibro-cartilaginous complex, or TFCC). This type of injury can be caused by falls and other types of accidents.
Causes of Hand and Wrist Injuries
The following are some common types of accidents that cause hand and wrist injuries:
- Car accidents: Fractures of the hands and wrists can result from impact against an airbag, steering wheel, windshield or other part of a vehicle. Blunt trauma or hyperextension may cause sprains in the ligaments. Trauma from a collision can dislocate joints in the hands.
- Falls: People often try to catch themselves with outstretched hands when they fall. This frequently results in distal radius fractures – breaks at the wrist in the forearm bones – and other hand and wrist injuries.
- Motorcycle crashes: Motorcycle riders do not have the protection of seatbelts, airbags, and the vehicle structure provided by passenger cars. The hands and wrists can be severely injured in any number of ways in motorcycle accidents.
- Workplace accidents: As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. workers suffered 90,160 incidents of wrist injury or illness and 279,640 hand injuries or illnesses in a single recent year.
- Large truck accidents: The severity of all types of injuries suffered in car accidents can be compounded when passenger vehicles collide with commercial trucks weighing 80,000 pounds or more.
- Pedestrian accidents: Pedestrians are completely vulnerable to injury in collisions with motor vehicles. They can be knocked down or thrown by a vehicle and fracture their hands or wrists in the fall. Hands and wrists, along with other body parts, can be crushed or severed when run over by a heavy motor vehicle.
Legal Help for Wrist and Hand Injury Victims
The knowledgeable accident lawyers at Kraft & Associates, P.C., have helped clients recover compensation in settlements and verdicts. We have also helped many disabled clients obtain benefits through Social Security Disability.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious hand or wrist injury through the fault another, it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury law firm as soon as possible. For a free assessment, contact us today by calling us at (214) 999-9999. You can also submit an online contact form or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.