When you think of serious injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, hand injuries may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But hand injuries are very common in car accidents, and while most are not life-threatening, they can be life-altering. Hand injuries can be so severe as to require amputation or partial amputation. Even less serious hand injuries can affect your ability to return to your job, the activities you used to enjoy, and even the everyday tasks of life like combing your hair and dressing yourself.
Hand Injuries Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents
Immediate and long-term hand injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents include:
- Torn ligaments
- Severed tendons
- Severe road rash
- Crush injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Compartment syndrome
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Boutonniere deformity
- Arthritis of the hand or wrist
How Hand Injuries Occur in Motor Vehicle Accidents
In auto accidents, the driver is at greatest risk of hand injuries, because he was holding the steering wheel. Driver hand injuries can easily come from the steering wheel itself, airbag deployment, or hands slamming into the dashboard.
All occupants can incur serious hand injuries. Being struck by parts of the vehicle, objects flying in the car, flying glass, getting pinned in crumpled parts of the vehicle, and injuries that come from trying to protect yourself are just some examples.
In motorcycle accidents and accidents involving partial ejection, a person can be dragged causing parts of the hand to be ground off. Ejection and partial ejection can cause traumatic amputation or crush injuries requiring surgical amputation.
If you have suffered serious hand injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Los Angeles or the surrounding area, please call the California motor vehicle accident attorneys of Sheridan & Rund PC at 888-640-6789, or submit a contact form today.