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Wrist Injuries From Auto Accidents

One of the most used yet forgotten parts of the body is the human wrist. Each day it is used for everyday activities including driving wherein we use it to steer, change gears, and even turn on our windshield wipers.

Unfortunately, drivers and passengers involved in a motor vehicle collision are also at risk of injuring their wrist. In 2011 more than 36,000 persons were injured in motor vehicle accidents according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.  

Furthermore, a 2009 National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey indicates that more than 10 million persons visited emergency services for an orthopedic problem some of which were likely to involve the wrist.

There are many different types of wrist injuries as well as causes of wrist injuries including car accidents, slip and fall incidents, and even nursing home abuse. If you or a loved one has suffered from wrist injuries at the hands of a negligent driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and more.

For a no-cost, no-obligation review of your accident claim, fill out our Free Case Review form.

Causes of Wrist Injuries

When an individual is in a car crash, the body tends to suffer from blunt trauma that moves the body forward and backward rather quickly. Additional hazards within the vehicle are a likely cause of many different types of injuries.

Some common causes of wrist injuries in a car accident include:

  • Steering Wheel
  • Dashboard
  • Broken Glass
  • Seatbelt
  • Cargo

The human wrist is made up of 13 bones, eight carpal bones and five metacarpals. The carpal bones lay in two rows at the base of your wrist and the carpals extend into the palm of your hand. The intricate, and delicate, system means that anyone involved in a motor vehicle accident is susceptible to experiencing some type of wrist injury.

Types of Wrist Injuries

Similar to all other orthopedic problems, wrist injuries fall into two categories although a third type of injury is also possible in the event of trauma.

Sprains & Strains Ligaments connect the bones found within the wrist and the type of strain can be categorized by how serious the injury is. The ligament may be stretched but not torn, partially torn, or fully torn which could require surgery to amend.  

Fractures When any of the 13 bones in the wrist are broken, it is also called a fracture. This common type of injury can be caused by trauma and often involves one of the primary carpal bones but could also be caused by a broken which is one of the arm bones that is connected to the wrist.

Tendonitis Inflammation of the tendons, which attach muscles to the bone, can also occur during a car crash. This type of injury can cause pain around the wrist joints.

Although the injuries differ, many times the symptoms of wrist injuries are similar to other injuries so it is important that a person seek the medical attention to determine what type of injury they have suffered.

Some common wrist injury symptoms include:

  • Wrist Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Inability to straighten or flex the wrist

Wrist pain may persist for a few days as well and if an infection develops due to an untreated injury the symptoms could worsen and lead to fever, nausea, and other unusual symptoms.

Wrist Injury Treatments

Doctors will likely initially look at your wrist to determine the problem but x-rays will provide a better look at how serious the damage is. From there doctors will diagnose the problem and offer treatment.

Wrist fractures can often heal on their own if the break is aligned, although a cast may be used to keep the wrist immobile. For sprains and strains the RICE method may be applied which includes


If any wrist injury is serious enough surgery may be used as heal the fracture, sprain, or inflammation to the tendons. Physical therapy will also likely follow the surgery in order to assist the injured regain their wrist strength and mobility.

Contact our Law Firm Today

If you or a loved one has been injured a car crash by a careless driver and the victim is seeking legal counsel on the matter, our experienced lawyers are here to help. We have been assisting clients throughout the Tulsa area fight for their rights for many years.

At The Edwards Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers can help guide you through the entire litigation process to help you fight for MAXIMUM amount of compensation you deserve.

To find out how we can help you with your claim, contact us at 1-800-304-9246 and one of our intake staff members will get you connected with one of our experienced lawyers after a few initial questions about your case.

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