Most Common Arm Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Author: Anthony Johnson Date: December 17, 2020

Oftentimes, it isn’t until after you’ve been in a car crash you realize everyday activities suddenly become long and strenuous tasks. From being able to lift shipment orders at work with no sweat to wincing at the thought of unstacking boxes, arm injuries, including hand and shoulder strains, can be debilitating and may require immediate medical attention after an accident.

If your life has been disrupted by an injury in any way, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Whether you were left with a fractured wrist, glass or debris wounds, or another kind of arm injury from your accident, The Advocates can help you make the best possible recovery.

Types of Hand, Arm and Shoulder Injuries

It isn’t unusual to wonder why your arm or shoulder might be in pain after being in a collision, unless, of course, the injuries are noticeable. To most, it may seem like hands, arms, and shoulders don’t experience nearly as much trauma as the neck or back do. However, there are many ways your arms and shoulders can be injured in a crash. Here are the following types of injuries that can stem from being in a serious car accident:arm injuries car crash idaho

Fractures: Fractures most often occur when the hand or wrist suddenly hits an object or is crushed by a sudden force. Accidents do exactly that. Car accidents cause your body to violently jolt around your vehicle, while your hands flail in despair. See, in that small window of reaction time, it’s only natural for you to cling onto the wheel, the side of the vehicle, or even another passenger. But it’s important to keep in mind that fractures stem from hands and wrists hitting solid objects, like the inside of a car frame, or even slamming your hands onto your steering wheel. Some examples of this are broken wrists, fractured knuckles, or crushed fingers.

Whiplash: Known as one of the most common types of auto accident injuries, whiplash can sometimes cause shooting pains and severe nerve damage throughout the arm. These pains can begin in the shoulder and travel all of the way down to your fingertips, causing a prickling feeling known as pins and needles. If you begin to notice any kind of numbness or tingling in your arm or hands after your crash, you should seek medical attention right away.

Wrist Sprains: Wrist sprains vary depending on the severity of your crash. If the impact was relatively minor, the wrist sprain is likely only a grade one injury. Wrist sprains are very similar to torn ligaments, but instead of the ligament being ripped, they are stretched, which is most likely caused by hyperextension or a forceful bending of the wrist.

Torn Ligaments: Known as a grade two injury, torn ligaments are a bit more severe than wrist sprains. Torn ligaments occur when the connective tissue is only partially torn. If you have a torn ligament in your wrist or shoulder, you may lose some function or feeling in that area. Call your doctor right away if you’ve suddenly lost feeling in your arm due to a recent car accident.

Dislocated Joints: Joints bridge the gap between the bones in your hands and arms. Dislocated joints are one of the most painful types of arm injuries, which, if not treated right away, can result in permanent damage to your ligaments, nerves, or blood vessels.

Tendon Damage: Damaged tendons can be one of the worst types of pains from a car accident, also known as a grade three type of injury. The pain is usually chronic and aching. Tendons are the elastic webs that connect your muscles to your bones. If the trauma from the accident is severe enough, these tendons can oftentimes swell or become severely inflamed, which may eventually lead to tendonitis.

The list of arm injuries above are only some of the most common types of injuries caused by car accidents. Others include broken bones in the hand or wrist, or even burns or glass wounds from the crash.

Symptoms of Arm Injuries From an Idaho Car Accident

Some arm injury symptoms may not seem that serious at first. However, untreated arm injuries can lead to permanent nerve damage. If you’ve been experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should consider seeking medical treatment right away:

  • Frequent pain in the hand or arm
  • Swelling in the wrists, arms, or shoulder
  • Discoloration in the hands, forearm, or shoulder
  • Numbness in the wrist or elbow
  • Shooting pain or tingling throughout the arm
  • Difficulty stretching or straightening any part of the arm

These are all common symptoms of having an arm injury after being in a car crash. Don’t let your arm injuries worsen, no matter how mild the symptoms are. Consider an Advocates advice and speak to a doctor immediately.

Receiving Compensation for Your Injuries 

It may seem unfair having to pay thousands of dollars in medical bills after being in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Well, you don’t have to. With a personal injury attorney on your side, you’ll have the expertise you need to receive fair compensation for your pending medical bills. Specifically, here’s what The Idaho Advocates will do to help you in your recovery process:

  • Investigate and document all information from scene of the accident
  • Extract evidence and important detail to build you the strongest case possible
  • Help protect your rights as an accident victim against insurance companies
  • Work side-by-side with you throughout the entirety of your personal injury case
  • Collect and compile your medical records and paperwork
  • Serve as an Advocate to help you in your recovery process

Your recovery is The Advocates number one priority. You shouldn’t have to collect your medical bills and fight for your case on your own. Remember, we work on a contingency fee, so, we don’t get paid unless you do. You have nothing to lose by calling an Advocate today.

Speak with an Advocate Today!

Car accidents can be one of the worst times in a person’s life. You should never have to go through the aftermath of a serious collision on your own. If you or a loved one were recently injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another driver, we can help you.

Our personal injury attorneys at The Idaho Advocates have decades of experience in helping accident victims like you. Don’t wait. Call an Advocate today at (208) 291-6929 to schedule your free consultation or chat with an attorney on our homepage. Remember, we make your recovery our number one priority.

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