A broken wrist is a common injury suffered in a Florida pedestrian accident because it is instinctive for humans to outstretch their hands when they feel themselves falling. The unfortunate result of this movement, however, is often a fracture of the wrist. What many people are not aware of is that there is more than one type of broken wrist that can result from this kind of accident. The following is a brief overview of these injuries.
Following a Sarasota pedestrian accident, a victim may be suffering from any one of the following types of wrist fractures, outlined below:
- Colles’ fracture or distal radius fracture, a break in the larger of the two bones in the forearm. The break occurs on the lower end of the bone, near where it connects to the bones of the hand on the thumb side of the wrist.
- Scaphoid fracture, involves the small wrist bone or the scaphoid bone, which is one of the carpal bones.
- Intra-articular fracture, where the fracture extends into the joint
- Extra-articular fracture, where the fracture does not extend into the joint
- Open fracture, where the bone pierces the skin
- Comminuted fracture, where the bone is broken into many pieces
- Fractures that also involve torn ligaments
It is essential that the victim be evaluated by a qualified medical professional who can properly diagnose and treat the correct form of wrist fracture. Further, the victim may be entitled to a claim for damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income.
A qualified Florida accident lawyer can assist a victim in evaluating the potential for claims following the accident. For more information about these injuries and the legal process, contactan experienced Sarasota accident attorney. Complete our online submission form or call our office at (888) 409-3805 for a free consultation.