Immediately following a car accident, your hand injury may seem like your least significant problem. But, a hand injury can have serious consequences. It can prevent you from returning to work, or diminish your ability to perform as you once did. It can cause chronic pain and prevent you from doing the normal, daily things you used to do. Hand injuries that are left untreated can continue to get worse, requiring more invasive treatments, causing permanent injuries, and in rare cases requiring amputation.
Symptoms of Hand Injuries
After a motor vehicle accident, your world is turned upside-down. You’re shaken up, at the very least, and when the adrenaline stops pumping you may find yourself hurting all over. You are worried about problems like what to do about the damage to your vehicle, dealing with the police, and the insurance companies. Of course, if someone else was seriously hurt, in your car accident, that is foremost in your mind.
It’s easy to overlook symptoms of serious hand injuries under those circumstances, but you shouldn’t. Signs that you should get your hand checked out by a medical professional include:
- Redness and/or shininess
- Other discoloration
- Tingling or burning
- Difficulty flexing or straightening hand or fingers
- Stiffness or lack of responsiveness in the hand or fingers
- Diminished grip strength
- Lack of dexterity
- Dropping things
- Clumsiness such as spilling when you use a spoon or glass
- Newly poor handwriting
If you have suffered hand injuries in a car accident or are suffering symptoms of hand injury following a motor vehicle accident, our Shreveport car accident attorneys can help you get the compensation you need. Please, call the Law Offices of J. Ransdell Keene at 800-597-9247 or send us an email right away.