We always take the ability to perform the most menial of tasks for granted until an injury limits or impedes that ability. Injuring a hand or wrist in an auto accident doesn’t simply cause pain and discomfort; but seriously impacts our ability to lead productive lives and perform the most minor of tasks that are a part of our normal routine. The Chicago auto accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers assist accident victims in their physical and financial recovery after an accident and know just how debilitating hand and wrist injuries can be. Their effects can have a short and long term impact on the quality of a victim’s life.The Complex Anatomy of the Human Hand
It is said that the ability to grasp and manipulate objects is one of the defining aspects of the human species. Being able to use our hands how we do has provided us with an advantage over the rest of the animal kingdom and we take the ability to use our hands completely for granted. Each hand is comprised of 27 bones and numerous ligaments that work in tandem to perform precise movements defined as fine motor functions. The ligaments and bones working together throughout these movements extend into our wrists as well and the simple act of squeezing an object can be felt in a sore wrist.
When a hand or wrist is injured, it becomes difficult to perform menial tasks— such as lifting a fork or spoon, holding a pencil or pen, drinking from a cup, typing on a keyboard or buttoning a shirt. It is hard to imagine what life would be like without the ability to do these things until an injury to the hand or wrist limits us.Wrist and Hand Injuries Common in Auto Accidents
It is not uncommon for our Chicago auto accident lawyers to represent clients who have suffered fractures in their hands and wrists and this comes with little surprise to us. Whether the victim was operating a vehicle or truck or riding a motorcycle, the hands are often a point of impact or tension at the moment of a collision. When behind the wheel of a car, the driver may tense his or her grip on the steering wheel or push his or her hands outward instinctively, even though this is the worst possible action to take. Motorcyclists may attempt to remain upright or break a fall by placing the hands in front of the body or toward the ground.
A fracture to the hand or wrist has the immediate impact of painful and debilitating swelling and the victim is unable to use his or her hand while recovering from the injury. It also places the victim at an increased risk of suffering long term complications. Fractures at or near the joints increase the chances of arthritis and inflammation— often at an earlier age than normal. The bone or joint may not heal properly either, and this may result in the need for extensive surgery and rehabilitation over time.The Financial Consequences of Hand and Wrist Injuries
We use our hands every day in our personal and professional lives and it is impossible to find a job that cannot be performed without the regular use of our hands. We may be required to type, to write, to handle tools or to operate machinery— all actions that require the use of hands in some capacity. An injury to the hand or wrist doesn’t just reduce the quality of our personal lives, but it can impact our ability to make a living while we recover.
Some of the bones and ligaments in the wrist and hand are small and delicate, requiring special treatment and care. This can be expensive and place an additional financial burden on victims who are already finding it difficult to make ends meet. Our Chicago auto accident lawyers take all of these factors into account when placing a value on your case and depend on a variety of experts to substantiate these claims. Social workers, economists and medical professionals can help us establish the immediate cost of treatment and the cost of your lost wages and treatment over the course of the years ahead.Negotiating with Insurance Companies
Insurance companies will fight tooth and nail to avoid paying a claim by challenging whether your treatment is warranted or whether less expensive alternatives exist. It is common knowledge by now that they employ cheap tricks to lure victims into giving up their rights or acting against their interests, which is why many people now prefer to have attorneys handle negotiations with insurance adjusters on their behalf. It is a fact that insurance companies are far more likely to cooperate when you have retained representation as well, despite any threats they may leverage when you hint at the thought of obtaining a lawyer.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a leading personal injury law firm that has extensive experience in and out of the courtroom and can help you recover the maximum amount of compensation available under law. Our Chicago auto accident attorneys are able to negotiate with insurance companies and represent your interests in court to ensure you have the greatest possible chances of success. Contact us today to learn more about how we have been able to help thousands of clients just like you during a free consultation. Once we collect the information we need from you, we will let you know what legal options are available and how best to proceed with your case. If we cannot help you recover the compensation you deserve, our services will be free of charge.