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How To Handle A Wrist Injury After A Car Accident

By Philip M. Snyder

Ow! My wrist injury is killing me

As a personal injury attorney, I can tell you that a wrist injury is one of the more common injuries after a car accident.

More specifically, many of our clients suffer distal radius fractures (a fracture of the large bone (radius) at the end of the forearm near the wrist) and/or a triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tear (cartilage that keeps the forearm bones stable when the hand grasps or the forearm rotates) even after a low-impact motor vehicle accident.

Why would you have a wrist injury after a car accidentpersonal injury lawyer Lyons Snyder & Collin Plantation FL 33324

The wrist is an extremely complex collection of many bones and joints.   During a car accident, your body absorbs the force of the impact.

The delicate/weakest parts of the body (wrist, knee, lower lumbar, lower cervical) are the areas typically most affected by trauma.

During a car accident, your wrist can unexpectedly bend back towards your forearm.

A distal radius fracture or TFCC tear can occurs as a result of trauma to your outstretched arm (i.e. tightly gripping the steering wheel or pulling on the steering wheel to stop the rotation of your car).

In situations where a client observes the accident occurring (i.e. side impact/head on collision) as opposed to a rear-end collision, the client is more likely to tightly grip the steering wheel to brace for the accident, thus leading to a wrist injury.

Levels of pain you would feel from a wrist injury after a car accident

  1. Deformity
  2. Swelling
  3. Pain that increases with gripping or squeezing
  4. Pain that increases when wrist is bent from side to side
  5. Painful clicking
  6. Loss of grip strength
  7. Numbness

How to diagnose a wrist injury

To diagnose a wrist injury after a car accident, you will need an X-Ray and/or MRI.  An orthopedic surgeon will determine the most appropriate course of treatment, which may involve surgery depending on the severity of the break/tear. Grade 3 (complete ligament tears) almost always require surgery, however.

If your wrist injury come from a car accident – We can help you

If you are involved in a car accident where you injure your wrist, call the personal injury attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin for a free consultation.

We can determine whether the at-fault party has available insurance coverage to compensate you for your past medical bills, future medical bills, and pain and suffering related to this injury.