Wrist Injuries From Auto Accidents

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With more than 2 MILLION adult drivers and passengers being treated in hospitals and emergency rooms throughout the United States in 2009, many injuries that these victims suffered were located in the wrist and hand area.

Largely attributed to the force that the wrists often endure at the moment of impact (largely due to drivers gripping the wheel), wrist injuries are a common complaint of auto accident survivors in the U.S.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious wrist injury due to the negligence of another motorist, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries – including any costs associated with the recovery from those injuries.

To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form to the right.

Common Types Of Wrist Injuries

Connecting the forearm to the hand, the wrist has four main joints (or “articulations”) and 8 carpel bones – all of which are susceptible to damage in the event of an auto crash.

The main areas that injury victims can damage include:

  • metacarpals
  • trapezium
  • trapezoid
  • capitate
  • hamate
  • scaphoid
  • lunate
  • triquetrum
  • pisiform
  • carpometacarpal joint
  • mid carpel joint
  • radiocarpal joint

The most frequently broken bone in the wrist is the “scaphoid”, which is located on the thumb side of the wrist – right where the wrist bends. As this area is often placed under the most amount of stress during an auto accident, it is often the first bone to break in this area.

Symptoms and Treatment of Wrist Injuries

A wrist injury or wrist bone fracture is often associated with searing pain and localized swelling at the base of the thumb. In some cases, the bone is known to bulge – or sometimes protrude – from the skin, causing great discomfort to the injury victim.

The treatment of a wrist injury often varies depending on the severity of the damage however, most treatments can include:

  • re-setting the broken bone and applying a cast
  • using pins, wires and / or plates to re-align a broken bone
  • applying heat and ice to the affected area to control swelling
  • topical creams / anti-inflammatory medication
  • compression bandage (for a short period of time)

As with any injury, it is important to consult the opinion of a certified medical practitioner to ensure that adequate diagnosis and treatment is provided as quickly as possible.

Broken Wrist Victim? Contact Our Winston-Salem Office Today

If you have become the victim of a serious wrist injury that was caused by the negligence of another person, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. Financial losses resulting from lost wages, medical expenses, medication costs, outpatient treatment fees and other related expenses can often be staggering for even a somewhat minor injury.

Here at Mike Lewis Attorneys, we are understand the trauma that injury victims can endure, and strongly believe that negligent individuals must be held accountable for their actions. Our team of attorneys have decades of experience helping injury victims throughout North Carolina, and are ready to help you today.

With our primary office located in Winston-Salem, we proudly provide comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims in:

  • Clemmons
  • Kernersville
  • Lewisville
  • High Point
  • Greensboro
  • Asheboro
  • Statesville

…. and many others.

To learn more, contact us today at 866-299-1769. A member from our intake team will answer your call and after some brief, initial questions about your inquiry, you will be connected with one of our lawyers that is best suited to handling your specific case.

Alternatively – simply fill out the “Free Case Review” form located at the top of this page – it’s 100% FREE, strictly confidential and upon receipt of your message, we will contact you shortly.