Injuries to the wrists and hands are common results of trauma caused by car accidents, slip and falls, workplace accidents and sports, among many others. These injuries could have been prevented in many cases if drivers, property owners or other responsible parties had exercised proper care.
The attorneys at Geoff McDonald & Associates help victims of wrist and hand injuries in the Richmond area and throughout Virginia. Our lawyers have been representing accident victims for more than two decades.
If you have suffered a wrist or hand injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence or was related to your job duties, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and other losses. Our lawyers are prepared to fight for the money you deserve to meet your needs while you are unable to work due to an accident.
Call Geoff today or fill out our online contact form to find out how we can help you. We will provide a free evaluation of your injury claim and answer questions such as:
- Am I entitled to compensation for my wrist and hand injuries?
- What should I do if my wrists or hands were injured in an accident or through repetitive actions at work?
- How can a personal injury lawyer help me after I suffered a wrist or hand injury?
Types of Wrist and Hand Injuries
Some of the most common injuries to the hands and wrists include:
- Bone fractures – The bones in the wrists or hands can be broken as a result of a car accident, a fall, a workplace injury or other types of accidents. Many wrist fractures are scaphoid fractures, while a metacarpal bone in the finger is the most common type of fracture affecting the hands.
- Dislocations – If the bone is pushed out of place and the bones no longer line up correctly at the joints, this can cause significant pain. The phalanges, or bones in the fingers, frequently become dislocated when the wrists or hands suffer trauma.
- Repetitive-stress injuries – Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common type of repetitive-stress injury that occurs when there is excess pressure on the median nerve. Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause numbness, muscle tingling and weakness in the hand and fingers. This is a common type of disabling workplace injury.
- Sprains – When the wrist bends backward, the ligaments that connect the wrist bones can become stretched or torn. Breaking a fall with the palm of the hands may also cause a thumb sprain. Sprains may cause lingering discomfort for weeks or months, and surgery may be required if the ligaments tear.
These are just a few of the many types of injuries that can affect the hands and wrists. If you have suffered any type of harm that was caused by the negligence of someone else – or was related to your job duties – you may be entitled to compensation.
Responsibility for Injuries to Hands and Wrists in Virginia
If you sustain trauma to your wrists or hands, or if you are experiencing wrist or hand pain, you should consult with an experienced medical professional as soon as possible. Have your condition diagnosed and keep all of your medical records so you can document the full extent of your injuries.
A personal injury lawyer can review the facts of your injury and help you determine whether you may have a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim.
Some of many situations in which you may be able to obtain compensation or benefits for a wrist or hand injury include:
- When a driver violates a safety rule or is unreasonably careless and causes an accident.
- When you slip and fall due to a defect or dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, either inside or outside.
- When your child is involved in a sports activity and is injured because of negligent supervision provided by the school, the athletic department, the coach or others.
- When you engage in routine tasks over and over at work and you develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
If your injury happened due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to file a civil lawsuit to seek compensation through an out-of-court settlement or a jury award.
If your injury to the wrist or hand happened at your workplace or because of job duties, you may be entitled to benefits through a Virginia workers’ compensation claim.
Get Help from a Lawyer in Richmond Now
If you have suffered a hand or wrist injury in Virginia and you believe someone else is responsible – or your injury resulted from work – contact Geoff McDonald & Associates as soon as possible. Our workers compensation attorneys are ready to review your situation and seek out all potential sources of recovery.
Find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve. The initial consultation is free and has no strings attached.