When your car comes to a crashing halt in a wreck, injuries to your fingers, hands and wrists are very possible. Blunt force trauma from an impact with the steering wheel or airbag is common — as are injuries from flying glass and other debris.
While they don’t get as much attention as spinal injuries or brain injuries, damage to your hands and wrists can be devastating. Whether you work on a construction site or in an office, you use your hands a lot — so any serious injury can interfere with your ability to work. Hand injuries can also affect your hobbies and detract from the general enjoyment you get out of life.
Some of the most common hand injuries include:
Tendons connect your bones to the surrounding muscles. These can easily get damaged due to blunt force trauma, which leads to inflammation, swelling and numbness.
You may develop problems extending one or more of your fingers or have problems controlling your hands and wrists without significant pain. Some people even develop chronic problems with tingling in their fingers and numbness in their hands which affects their dexterity.
There are a lot of tiny bones in your hand, wrist, fingers and thumbs. A break in any of them can be very painful and limiting. You may require immobilization of the affected areas, surgery and physical therapy to recover.
Even if you escape any broken bones, you may still suffer dislocations that push the bones out of place. That can lead to significant long-term damage without appropriate treatment.
If you’ve suffered injuries in a crash that someone else caused, there’s no reason you should also bear the associated financial losses. Find out how an attorney can help protect your interests and obtain fair compensation.