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Hand and Wrist Injuries after a Car Accident: What You Need to Know

Hand and wrist injuries in Hollywood and other Florida communities are quite common after car accidents. What often happens is that someone who’s in the collision will throw their arms and hands forward instinctually in a defensive gesture. The hands and wrists can then crash forcibly into the airbag, dashboard, or other object with enough force to cause serious damage. In a rollover accident, a driver or passenger may brace their hands against the sides or ceiling of the car, putting pressure on the hands and wrists, causing injuries.

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There is another common reason for wrist and hand injuries in a car crash in Hollywood: If you have your hand outside the window, in a car accident the force of the crash can cause your hand and wrist to crash against the door frame, causing fractures, soft tissue injuries, and other injuries.

Some drivers drive their vehicles by threading their hands through their steering wheels rather than keeping the hands firmly on the exterior of the wheel. In the event of a collision, the wheel can spin or twist suddenly, crashing into the wrist, fingers, and other parts of the hand, causing severe damage.

In a car accident, there many types of injuries common to the wrists and hands, including:

  • Broken fingers
  • Fractured wrists
  • Twisted wrists
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Bruising
  • Crushed bones
  • Crushed hands
  • Broken bones in the hands
  • Puncture wounds to the hands

All of these injuries can be devastating. Most of us rely heavily on our hands for writing, typing, and doing our jobs. Even trying to groom ourselves, get dressed, or go about our daily lives can be extremely difficult if our hands are broken, crushed, or seriously injured.

Because the hand has so many muscles and bones, a serious hand injury may require weeks of treatment and even months of physical therapy. Some people who have suffered serious wrist and hand injuries in a car accident find that they deal with chronic pain over a lifetime or must have multiple surgeries, requiring months of rehabilitation and recovery time. During this period, patients may be unable to return to work or may have a hard time accomplishing everyday tasks without hiring additional help around the house.

For all of these reasons, wrist and hand injuries can be extremely expensive. They can cost you thousands of dollars of lost income, considerable medical bills, at-home care expenses, and more. Will your insurance company pay you a fair amount so that you can pay for all of these costs yourself? If they do not, you will be responsible for any additional costs out-of-pocket.

Don’t let yourself be put in the position where you cannot return to work because of a severe injury and you find yourself in financial distress because your insurance company did not pay enough. Before you sign any settlement or a liability release, contact Flaxman Law Group. In fact, contacting a personal injury attorney should one of the first things to do after a roadway collision. You can always contact Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation case review.