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Was your wrist fractured in a collision? 

On Behalf of | Aug 16, 2023 | Personal Injury

Car accidents can have devastating consequences, particularly those that occur at higher speeds. It’s only natural for occupants of the vehicle to want to protect themselves in the best way possible.  

Sometimes, drivers will grip the steering wheel as tightly as possible to brace themselves for impact. Passengers may grab onto the dashboard, overhead handles or put their arms up to protect themselves. While these movements can protect occupants from some of the impact, they can also put tremendous amounts of force on the wrists. 

It’s not uncommon for drivers to suffer wrist fractures during a crash. Outlined below are some of the more common symptoms. 

Bruising and swelling 

In many cases, it will be obvious that the wrist has been fractured. For instance, the arm may be disfigured and bent in the wrong direction. Fractures of this type are usually very painful and the recovery process may involve extensive surgeries.  

Potential complications 

While most wrist injuries will heal completely, this isn’t always the case. The pain resulting from a wrist fracture may be chronic and require daily pain management and rehabilitation. In some instances, fractures will lead to further complications such as osteoarthritis and nerve damage. 

A wrist fracture can come at a physical, emotional and financial cost. At the very least, you’re going to need to be off work for several weeks. If your injury was the result of another’s negligence, then there may be legal options open to you. Seeking further guidance to find out more about personal injury compensation can help guard your interests.