Arm, Wrist & Hand Injuries
The Bureau of Labor Statistics report that a person’s fingers are the second most injured body part, while the National Center on Health Statistics reports that there are 50,000 amputations of limbs in the United States each year. A person’s arm, hand, and wrist contain an intricate series of bones, muscles, nerves, and tendons that operate in unison. Arm or hand injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents including slip, trip and fall accidents, car accidents, dog bites, and defective products. When one or more of these areas of a person’s body is harmed, there is a potential for long lasting and substantial negative consequences. For individuals who have been harmed in these cases, it is a wise idea to contact a talented accident attorney who will make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
Types of Arm, Wrist and Hand Injuries
There are several types of arm, hand, and wrist injuries that can result in serious complications which include amputations, arm fractures, elbow fractures, and wrist fractures.
Another type of injury are acute injuries which involve direct impacts to a person’s arm, hand, or wrist. In many cases, symptoms of acute injuries involve substantial bruising and swelling. Some of the various types of acute injuries include broken bones, bruises, crushing injuries, dislocations, injuries to the joints, injuries to the ligaments, injuries to the tendons, pulled muscles, and wrist fractures.
Overuse injuries are another category of injuries that can occur to a person’s arms, hands, or wrists. These accidents are common among workers who are forced to perform repetitive tasks like typing or various kinds of factory work. One type of overuse injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused by pressure being placed on a person’s wrist nerves. Some of the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, pain in the finger or hands, tingling, and weakness. A second common type of overuse injury is tendon pain which involves a series of very small tears in the tissue in or around a person’s tendon. Some of these most common symptoms associated with tendon pain including limited movement and strength. A third common overuse injury is De Quervain’s disease, which is known to occur in the hand or wrist of individuals when the tendon on the thumb side grow inflamed.
Advice to Prevent Some Types of Arm and Hand Injuries
Although some arm, hand, and wrist injuries are caused by specific accidents, there are some specific steps that individuals can take to avoid some of these types of injuries. Some of these steps include the following:
- Avoid injuries caused by overuse by following any applicable rest guidelines.
- Perform conditioning and strength exercises during the off-season of any sport.
- Prior to engaging in any type of exercise program, speak with a knowledgeable professionals can help identify any risks associated with the plan.
Contact a Kentucky Injury Lawyer
At Roberts Law Office, we understand the many serious injuries that can arise after a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, slip, trip and fall, or other accident. One type of injury that can be very serious is an injury involving a person’s arm, hand, or wrist. Fortunately, the skilled legal counsel at Robert Law Office will fight to make sure that you obtain the compensation that you deserve. We accept all cases on a contingency basis, which means that there is no fee unless we obtain compensation for you. Contact our law office today to schedule an appointment with an attorney who is familiar with helping individuals who have received arm, hand, or wrist injuries due to an accident.