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Hand and Wrist Injuries Sustained in Auto Accidents

Hand and wrist injuries sustained in auto accidents is the norm it isn’t unusual. Many individuals instinctively throw up their hands to brace themselves for any impact. Common hand or wrist injuries may entail the following:

Broken fingers, wrist fractures, crushed bones, broken hand bones, puncture wounds, bruising, torn ligaments, joint dislocations, and amputations.

The ability to grasp an object, and manage it easily, is something which can be devastating following an automobile accident. This can damage either the nerves that manage the wrist, hand, arm and fingers. This is a fracture of one or more of approximately 30 bones, which comprise the hand.

For virtually every activity, people use their hands. If a victim of an automobile accident sustains a critical hand injury, he or she may find it impossible and difficult to complete routine tasks.

Injuries to the hand and wrists can be extremely costly, and at times require extensive surgery.

As for different wrist injuries, scaphoid fractures are extremely common after automobile accidents, as the scaphoid in the wrist is the smallest bone. It can be difficult to locate scaphoid fractures due to their minuscule size. Within six months, a scaphoid fracture will normally heal.

Considered a Grade 2 injury, a partially torn ligament is not a Grade 3 injury, which is more severe and entails completely torn ligaments. Most ligament injuries of Grade 3 are vastly painful and require surgery.

Any sprain to the wrist is not uncommon after a car accident injury. Sprains can occur when your ligaments are stretched from bending that’s forceful. Splints or casts may be utilized to immobilize your wrist. Applied ice and rest are normally recommended.

As for hand and wrist injuries sustained in auto accidents, many an automobile accident can lead to broken hands. Common hand fracture, boxer’s fracture, is when there is a break through the bones of a hand. Hand fracture treatment entails physical therapy, surgery, and or immobilization.

Tissues which stabilize joints are ligaments. Tears or sprains to ligaments are typical after automobile accidents. When a victim of an automobile accident jams his or her hand into the steering wheel or dashboard, tears in ligaments can occur.


The Proximal IP joint is the middle knuckle of the finger. This is also the joint that is most likely to be dislocated. Treatment for a dislocated joint entails resetting. This requires manipulation to get the joint back to its original position.

Tears in the tendons result from crash type injuries or lacerations. Tears in the tendons usually require surgery prior to physical therapy.

If a motorist has a firm grip on his or her steering wheel when that impact occurs, the hand or wrist nerves can be severely damaged.

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms may appear days or weeks subsequent to the accident. Among the main symptoms of carpal set tunnel syndrome is hand numbness which worsens during the night.

Other symptoms entail: tingling or burning, swelling, pain in fingers or hands, and lack of strength in grip.

If you have sustained an injury in your hands or wrist from a motor vehicle accident in New Hampshire, please contact us at Anzalone Law Firm, PLLC. Our skilled attorneys will assist you for your recovery of damages and injuries. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation at: 603.548.3797.

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