Hand and wrist injuries are a common consequence of car accidents in New York and Long Island, often caused by the force of the impact. Sometimes even an airbag can cause injury to the hand. Like other car accident injuries, hand and wrist injuries are serious and can significantly impact the victim's life, so you will want to obtain an experienced Hand & Wrist Injury Attorney. Never settle with an insurance company without consulting with a lawyer first.
Types of Hand Injuries
A broken wrist is one of the most common injuries sustained to the hand during a car accident. A scaphoid fracture, which is the breaking of the small bone in the wrist, is another type of injury seen in auto accidents. While car accident hand injuries may seem minor, they can affect the victim's ability to work and earn a living.
The symptoms of hand injuries are often immediate, and may include:
A Broken Hand or Wrist May or May Not Require Surgery But You May Still Get Compensation
Car accident hand injuries are typically diagnosed with x-rays and treated like similar orthopedic injuries. The bones will be set and immobilized, allowing them time to heal. Some hand fractures can be realigned without using a surgical incision, while others will need surgical intervention. Either way, we encourage clients to have their broken hand or wrist looked at by a Hand Surgeon. Sometimes pins, wires and plates may be used to treat a hand injury to secure bone fragments together when the bone is fractured in multiple places. Physical therapy is usually recommended as part of the recovery process.
Why Should I Wait to Completely Heal Before Settling a Case?
While many people completely recover from a broken hand or wrist, others do not. Some of our clients have suffered from C.R.P.S. (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) which can severely impact a person’s life and well-being. C.R.P.S. can cause pain in the affected limb but can also spread to other parts of the body. It can be very debilitating, and you will want an experienced lawyer on your side to help you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t settle before you know if your pain is over.
If you or a loved one has sustained a hand or wrist injury in a car accident, please call our experienced Hand & Wrist Injury Lawyers today at 516-222-4000. Our compassionate lawyers will answer any questions you have a go over the legal process. The consultation is free.