Many different types of injuries can occur during a vehicle accident, and even seemingly minor injuries can have a significant effect on your physical and emotional health, as well as your ability to go about your normal life and perform your job.
Why Hand and Wrist Injuries Are Different
While any injury can be devastating, a serious injury to the hand or wrist can be especially painful and frustrating. We use these structures constantly, and the loss of use can make even simply daily tasks difficult.
Additionally, there are 27 bones that make up the hand and wrist, in addition to many tendons and ligaments that provide us strength and flexibility. This makes them complex and, in places, delicate structures. Injury to any part can affect the function of the larger whole, and it is important to address the injury properly to avoid further complications or lasting damage.
Common Types of Crash-Related Hand Injuries
It is common for car accident victims to experience hand injuries. Often, drivers and passengers brace themselves for impact, putting their hands out or covering themselves. Flying debris can also strike or penetrate the hand, causing significant injury. Some of the most common hand and wrist injuries include:
- Broken bones.
- Joint dislocation.
- Stretched or torn ligaments.
- Nerve damage.
It is important to seek medical care right away after an accident if you experience any symptoms of pain, discomfort, or deformity. Depending on the severity of the injury, treating these problems can require extensive medical care, including surgery, injections, physical rehabilitation, medication, and more. Addressing injuries as soon as possible can improve outcomes and promote a faster recovery.
Compensation After an Alaska Car Accident Hand Injury
It is possible to obtain medical care and compensation if you suffer a hand or wrist injury in a car accident caused by another person’s carelessness. In Alaska, accident victims may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills.
- Future medical bills.
- Lost wages.
- Future lost wages.
- Pain and suffering.
Protect Your Health With Help From an Alaska Injury Lawyer
Even if you aren’t sure if you are able to file a legal claim, if you’ve suffered injuries in car accident, seek the advice of an experienced Alaska personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you both secure the compensation you need to move forward, as well as protect that award from insurance companies, hospitals, and others who may seek to be reimbursed for more than their fair share. Call the Anchorage office of the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about who we are and how we may be able to help.