Wrist injury claims are usually filed by individuals who were injured while performing their job duties. These injuries may be caused by repetitive motions, by equipment that is not properly maintained, or by other factors that the injured person had no control over.
Common Wrist Injuries
The most common wrist injuries that result in people filing wrist injury claims are:
- Injuries to the bones that make up the wrist
Your arm has two log bones. They are the radius and the ulna. The radius and ulna are connected to the bones of the hand by small bones called carpals.
The carpals are the bones of the wrist that allow your wrist to be flexible. These bones can be fractured or broken and that can limit your flexibility.
- Torn ligaments in the wrist
The collateral ligaments extend down your arm and into your hands. One of the collateral ligaments is located on the side of your hand where your pinky finger is and the other one is located by your thumb. If these ligaments are strained, bruised, or injured they stop you from being able to properly use your hand and fingers.
- Tendon damage
You have tendons in your wrist that control your fingers. These tendons are flexor tendons that make it possible for your fingers to curl and bend the way they do. Damages to the flexor tendons can prevent you from picking objects up or making a fist.
- Nerve damage
You have three main nerves running through your wrist. The radial nerve is on the outside of the wrist. The medial nerve is located in the carpal tunnel channel and the ulna nerve is routed through what doctor’s call Guymon’s Canal. If these nerves are damaged it can prevent you from using your hands properly.
- Damaged arteries
You have to main arteries in your wrist. They are the ulna and radial arteries. If these arteries are damaged then the blood supply to your hand is minimized and this could result in the loss of a digit.
- Muscle damages
On the thumb side of your wrist is the thenar muscles and on the other side are the hypothenar muscles. In the middle of the wrist and into the hand is the flexor retinaculum muscle. If these muscles are bruised or damaged by injury you could lose use of your hand temporarily, or permanently.
What If I Just Have A Wrist Sprain?
You often hear people talk about a wrist sprain as if it were a minor inconvenience. A wrist sprain can cause more pain than a fracture or break in the bones. A sprain can cause pain that lasts far longer than the pain of a broken bone. A sprain is damage that affect the soft tissue of the wrist. The soft tissues include the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that make up the wrist. Often these injuries cause severe swelling and people tend to re-injure the wrist because they do not allow it to totally heal before they return to using their wrist.
What Kind Of Accidents Injures The Wrist?
Some of the most common accidents that result in wrist injury are:
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents.
- Repetitive strains.
- Equipment malfunctions.
Beginning A Wrist Injury Claim
Speak to a solicitor that has experience in dealing with wrist injury claims. Most solicitors who deal with personal injury lawsuits like wrist injury claims offer a free consultation visit where they evaluate your case. They will advice you as to what you need to do in order to proceed.
You can legally file a wrist injury claim for three years from the date of the initial injury. The longer it has been since the injury, the harder the claim may be to make, but a good solicitor will be able to assist you.