Injuries to the hand and wrist are some of the most common car accident injuries. During a crash, hands and wrists can collide with objects inside the car, resulting in debilitating sprains, fractures, and lacerations.
The pain associated with hand and wrist injuries may become apparent immediately following the impact, usually resulting in a trip to the emergency room to seek medical treatment. Even if you believe your injury to be relatively minor, hand and wrist pain may develop in the following weeks.
If a driver’s negligence caused your injuries and resulting hand or wrist pain, you can pursue compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
Some losses that may warrant compensation include:
- Vocational rehabilitation services
- Inpatient and outpatient medical treatments, including hospitalizations and surgeries
- Medical devices, like splints, casts, and braces
- Lost wages associated with the injury
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Thankfully, if you are experiencing hand and wrist pain after a car accident, your personal injury lawyer can help calculate the true cost of your economic and non-economic losses. From there, your attorney can advise you on your legal options and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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Common hand and wrist injuries that could entitle you to damages
Injuries to the hand and wrist can range from relatively minor inconveniences to permanent disabilities. Hand and wrist injuries may include:
- Damage to the important ligaments and tendons that assist with mobility and hand function
- Injuries to the fingers
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Dislocated joints
- Soft tissue damage
- Injuries to the carpometacarpal, resulting from hyperextension
- And more
If you retain the services of your car accident lawyer, they can seek assistance from expert witnesses to help testify about the nature of your injuries. The more we know about your injuries, the better we can determine their financial value.
Symptoms of hand and wrist injuries
According to research from the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of hand injuries can appear immediately or begin to appear in the days or weeks following the accident.
Some of the most common symptoms of hand and wrist injuries include:
- Dull, persistent pain or shooting pain that occurs sporadically
- Difficulty closing the hand
- Purple, red, yellow, or brown discoloration
- Appearing swollen, sometimes in specific areas of the hand
- Disfigurements, such as crooked fingers or wrists that lean in a certain direction
- Pain or tenderness
- Difficulty lifting objects you would not have struggled with before the accident
- Clicking noises
If you are exhibiting any of these symptoms, do not assume they will heal on their own. Some symptoms will worsen with time and without proper medical care.
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The importance of seeking medical care
It is very important to seek immediate medical treatment following a car accident. This will allow you to receive a proper diagnosis for your injuries so your team can prescribe a treatment.
Additionally, this form of medical documentation may prove useful if you decide to move forward with a case against a liable party. If they try to question the origin of your injuries, the testimony of a medical professional can help reveal that the accident caused the injuries.
If you wait too long, you may end up exacerbating your injury. Additionally, the liable party may attempt to argue you worsened your injuries and deny or undervalue your claim.
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Deadlines for filing a lawsuit
OCGA §9-3-33 states that you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The deadline begins counting down on the date of the accident. If you wait too long before taking legal action, you may jeopardize your ability to recover compensation.
It is important to remember that the legal process takes time, as well. Your lawyer will have to investigate your accident, collect evidence, and negotiate with insurers. If they cannot reach a fair settlement through a claim, they can take legal action on your behalf.
How your lawyer can help
Some victims prefer to retain their car accident attorney because it allows them to focus on their recovery instead of spending long hours studying the various laws that apply to their case. Our attorneys will be happy to take care of all this for you because we know you have more important things to worry about right now.
In addition to cataloging the value of your injuries and assisting with settlement negotiations, we can handle all of the paperwork and communications associated with your claim or lawsuit. That is only a small portion of the legal services we will be happy to provide for you and your loved ones.
Protecting your rights with our car accident lawyers
If you experience hand and wrist pain after a car accident, our attorneys at Kaine Law can help you fight for justice.
For more information about taking legal action after a car accident, contact a Kaine Law representative today to get started with your free consultation.