Common Wrist Injuries from New Jersey Car Accidents

Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on Jul 07, 2017  in Car Accidents News

wrapping wrist injuryCar accidents have the potential to cause severe injuries, especially to the wrists. The delicate bones, tendons and ligaments may be affected by the severe impact and trauma caused during a vehicle collision.

The New Jersey car accident attorneys of Lynch Law Firm have compiled helpful information on the most common wrist injuries that result from car accidents. If you need assistance pursuing compensation for your injuries, please contact us.

Car Accident Wrist Injuries

During an automobile accident, the wrists can be jerked, struck and smashed. This commonly occurs when the wrists are jerked violently as they grasp the steering wheel or come into contact with objects within the vehicle, such as:

  • Steering wheel
  • Airbag
  • Windshield
  • Dashboard
  • Console
  • Objects airborne within vehicle

Symptoms of a wrist injury can include:

  • Pain in the wrists, hands and fingers
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty straightening or flexing wrists and fingers
  • Inability to grasp items

Wrist injuries do not always present symptoms right away. You should always seek care from a qualified medical professional following an accident so any wrist injuries or other injuries are accurately diagnosed.

Imaging such as an x-ray or MRI may be performed to diagnose your injury and your physician will prescribe treatment to facilitate optimal recovery.

Common wrist injuries sustained in car accidents can include:


The wrist is made up of eight small bones plus two long forearm bones, that connect to the many bones within the hands and fingers. Blunt force trauma in car accidents can cause breaks, including:

  • Broken wrists
  • Broken knuckles
  • Broken fingers
  • Scaphoid fractures
  • Crush injuries

When the bones are fractured out of their normal position, it is known as a displaced fracture. The bones must be repositioned correctly, typically requiring a cast or sling. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to reset the bones of the wrist properly.


Ligaments connecting wrist bones may become injured in an accident, resulting in a sprain. These injuries are painful and can cause long-lasting instability and arthritis.

Sprains range in severity as follows:

  • Grade one: Ligaments are stretched but intact. This is the lowest level of sprain.
  • Grade two: Ligaments are partially torn. Function in the hand may be affected.
  • Grade three: Ligaments tear completely through. Surgery is needed to correct the tear. Avulsion fractures may also result, pulling a portion of bone off as the ligament tears.

Dislocated Wrists

The impact of an accident can cause the joints in the wrists to move out of position, causing a dislocation. When joints are dislocated, the wrists and hands are unable to move correctly. This painful injury must be treated right away to avoid permanent damage.

Tendon Damage

Tendons connecting wrist muscles and bones are often impacted by blunt force trauma in a car accident. The tendons may become inflamed, causing tendonitis, which ranges in severity and can be painful.

Contact Our Car Accident Attorneys for Help with Your Wrist Injury Claim

The car accident lawyers of Lynch Law Firm are personal injury lawyers in New Jersey who have pursued numerous claims for compensation for wrist injuries and other damages from car accidents. We may be able to help you secure the money you need to cover the costs associated with your injury, including:

  • Medical bills
  • X-rays and MRIs
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Inability to return to work
  • Pain and suffering

Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation today to learn about your legal options. Our team works on contingency, so you only pay us if we are able to secure compensation for you.

Call (800) 518-0508  or complete our Free Case Evaluation form today.

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