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After a crash, hand injuries could lead to pain and dysfunction

When you were involved in a car accident, you didn’t think it would have long-term consequences. In the early days following it, you were hopeful that your hand injuries would heal and that you’d go back to doing your job and the things you love.

Unfortunately, that has not been your experience thus far. Even with physical therapy and surgery, you still can’t make a fist. You find it hard to move your hand and fingers, and you sometimes have sharp pain from nerve damage.

While your hand injury may get better over time, you’ve now lost many days at work and don’t see how you can return. You’re unable to type. You can’t lift many items with that hand, and your dexterity has been compromised.

Hands are intricate body parts

Hands are intricate. They’re made up of 27 bones as well as veins, muscles, tendons, nerves and arteries. There are joints and joint cartilage, fingernails and ligaments.

When these parts aren’t working together well, pain and dysfunction occur. It’s possible to deal with:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Deformities
  • A decreased range of motion

All of these issues may get better with surgery or physical therapy, but there isn’t a guarantee that a full recovery will occur.

It’s possible to make a claim for a hand injury

Your hands are one of the most important parts of your body because they allow you to grip and hold items. They allow you to type and to manipulate items in your hands. When the muscles, tendons, nerves and bones are damaged, you may find it very difficult to do your normal daily tasks.

Hand injuries can make it hard to button a shirt, type an email, put on makeup, hold a washcloth and do the things that most people take for granted.

You may have a significant loss of function now, and even with treatment that functionality may not return. While many hand injuries do fully recover, those involving the nerves or severely broken bones may not recover as well as others. It is wise to think about making a personal injury claim if your car accident left you with hand injuries. A claim may help you get the compensation you need, so you can focus on your recovery.