Do You Need Hand or Wrist Surgery After a Florida Car Crash?

Hand & Wrist Injuries From Car Accident Jim Dodson Law.Hand and wrist injuries are very common after a Florida car accident, typically caused by the force and impact of the crash. Often times right before the crash, people throw their hands up to brace themselves which can cause their hands and wrists to strike the airbag, steering wheel, or dashboard.

We don’t always realize how much we use our hands in everyday life until something unfortunate happens. Fingers, hand and wrist injuries, like many other vehicle accident injuries, can be very serious and greatly impact the quality of the victim’s life. For instance, the simple act of grasping something or holding your phone can be a daunting task if one of the many bones in the hand have been fractured.

Common Types of Hand & Wrist Injuries Caused By Car Crashes

A car crash can cause many types of hand and wrist injuries, from bruises, to puncture wounds, to fractures and even amputations. Some of the most common types include:


The impact of the crash can cause fractures in the fingers, hand and wrists. The most common ones we have seen in our practice are a scaphoid fracture which is the smallest bone in the wrist, fractured hands and knuckles and broken fingers.

Joint Dislocation 

There are several joints in the hand that can become dislocated. This type of injury can be very painful and if it’s not treated immediately it can cause permanent damage.

Torn Ligaments 

Many times a torn ligament is seen with a joint fracture which will require surgery. If not treated properly, debilitating arthritis can develop

Puncture Wounds 

All sorts of debris including sharp glass and other interior car parts can pierce parts of the hand or wrist causing serious damage. To avoid infection, the victim will need to seek medical attention.


In very traumatic situations, if parts of the hand or fingers are crushed beyond repair, amputation may be required.

Signs & Symptoms of Hand & Wrist Injuries

After a car accident you should always seek medical treatment right away, even if you aren’t experiencing any pain. Often times, victims of car crashes don’t realize they are injured until a couple days later. Some of the most common symptoms of hand and wrist injuries include:

  • Burning or tingling in the hands and fingers
  • Pain in the hands and fingers
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Unable to grip or move fingers
  • Unable to straighten your wrists or fingers

Diagnosis & Medical Treatment for Hand & Wrist Injuries

After suffering a hand or wrist injury, your doctor will order an x-ray and/or MRI to determine the extent of your injuries. This will help them diagnose your injury and determine the best treatment options.

Medical treatment for a hand and/or wrist injury will depend on the severity of the injury. In minor cases, icing and elevation will be all that is required. In other cases, a splint or cast will be used to set and immobilize the bones allowing them time to heal. In more serious cases, surgery and possibly multiple surgeries along with physical therapy will be required.

Hiring an Experienced Florida Car Accident Lawyer

Attorney Jim Dodson has over 25 years of experience successfully handling Florida car accident cases caused by a negligent driver. It’s important to keep in mind that serious car accident claims rarely settle for the full value without the help of an experienced lawyer who has dealt with such cases. The victim needs to recover fully from their injuries in order to know what their settlement is worth.

Medical bills for treatment and physical therapy for hand and wrist injuries can be costly. And often times, the victim will need to take time away from work, resulting in lost wages, as well as require a caregiver to help them with their every day tasks.

Have You Been Injured In A Car Accident?

If you've been hurt in Florida car accident you should speak with an experienced car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 727.446.0840 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.

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