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Can you sustain a severe hand injury in an auto accident?

| Nov 6, 2021 | Car Accidents

If you are in an auto accident in Missouri, you can definitely get a major hand injury as a result. Most of us think of other types of physical problems associated with the aftermath of car collisions, such as head and neck injuries, but other kinds of major bodily harm can come from car crashes as well.

When you are involved in a crash, even if you are wearing a seat belt, your limbs may be subjected to hitting areas of the car like the steering wheel or dashboard. These areas are quite unforgiving and have no cushioning or “give” to them. Your hands are very vulnerable to being hurt.

There is also the chance that metal or jagged glass edges can cause hand injuries in a crash.

You may have a hand injury that you dismiss because it just does not seem like an urgent or dire problem, especially if you do not have a lot of pain or other alarming symptoms. 

Don’t simply let it go without getting medical attention! According to orthopedic experts, “…[I]f you experience swelling, bruising, numbness, or the inability to move your fingers and joints like normal, then you need to see a doctor.”

What are typical motor vehicle collision hand injuries?

A doctor will probably utilize imaging such as an MRI, CT scan, or X-rays to see the exact issue with your hand. The problem might be one of the following:

  • Torn ligaments: A hand sprain falls into this category of injury
  • Joint dislocations: Your knuckles can be damaged in a crash
  • Fractures: You will notice the signs of a fracture, such as intense discomfort

Hand injuries are not always minor. Ensure that you do not ignore any problems with your hand(s) after a car crash. They could be serious and require medical treatment to heal properly.