Your wrists are surprisingly sturdy and sophisticated, capable of executing complex movements while bearing significant weight. However, trauma or overuse can harm the intricate system of bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves of your wrists. Founded in 1950, Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC helps you recover damages if your wrist injury was caused by the negligence of a person, a corporation or your employer.
Wrists are commonly injured during a fall because of your tendency to throw out your hands to protect yourself. Your hands typically hit the ground before any other part of your body, likely sparing injuries to your head, face, shoulder, spine or hip, but causing serious damage to your fingers, hands and wrists. You may have a premises liability claim if you tumbled down broken stairs, tripped over an object obstructing an aisle, slipped on an icy walkway or stumbled over cracked pavement or an uneven sidewalk. If this incident occurred at work, you may also have a workers compensation claim against your employer.
In the moments before and during a car wreck, you engage in a number of instinctive actions to protect yourself. You may automatically brace yourself against the steering wheel, causing your wrists to bear the extraordinary force of the impact. If you were thrown from your vehicle or motorcycle, you likely used your hands to protect your face and head.
Workers in certain industries are more prone to accidents that can cause wrist trauma. Construction crews, agricultural workers, first responders and machinists endure the constant risk of fractures, sprains, strains and crush injuries resulting from falls from heights, tripping over objects and getting their hands caught in heavy machinery.
Repetitive stress injuries occur when you repeatedly perform the same awkward task over a long period of time. Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when pressure on the wrists’ median nerve causes pain, weakness, numbness, tingling and muscle damage. In the past, carpal tunnel syndrome was most common in employees who performed secretarial services. Today, with technology the mainstay in almost every business, workers in all professions have a high risk of developing debilitating repetitive stress injuries in the wrist joint. The awkward motions involved in typing on computers and smartphones put tremendous strain on hands that are not designed for these tasks.
For your convenience, we have offices in Elmwood Park, Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, and Roseland, with Spanish-speaking translators available by request. To learn more about lawsuits involving wrist injuries, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. You pay nothing unless we win your case.