A car accident can leave you with one or more serious injuries. The exact injuries you suffer depends on the circumstances at hand, including the type of collision, the impacted area of the vehicle, the vehicle's speed, and even the position of your body at the time of the crash. One common type of injury suffered, though, is one that affects the hands and wrists. This may primarily be because drivers often have their hands on the wheel at the time of collision, at which time their hands are forced into the windshield or other part of the car.
A broken or shattered wrist is no small thing, either. It can disrupt your day-to-day life, and it can leave a person with the need for extensive medical care. In some instances, a broken wrist can be repaired simply with manual manipulation and a cast. However, this option is only available if the broken parts of the wrist are positioned in a way that allows a doctor to realign the bones.
In instances where the bones are too far out of position, surgery may be necessary. Here, a doctor will likely make an incision at or near where the bones that need realignment. Then, once the bones are repositioned, a doctor may utilize one of a number of techniques to ensure that they remain in place. These options include the insertion of metal pins, using plates and screws, and using a cast. Oftentimes it is necessary to use a combination of these stabilizing techniques. It is worth noting that seriously broken wrists can lead to damage to surrounding tissues, which may require even more medical care.
As you can see, this one injury can leave you with a significant amount of pain, the need for extensive medical care, and limitations to your daily life. When an injury like this is suffered in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another, it may be time to consider whether taking legal action is your best chance of recovering compensation for your damages.