A car accident causing hand and wrist pain can turn your world upside down. Performing tasks that were once second nature may require assistance now. Even something simple, like petting the family dog, can seem impossible.
You have legal rights if you suffered injuries in a collision. You can pursue compensation for your medical bills, therapy costs, and other related expenses. However, to protect your case’s outcome, it’s important to understand the severity of these conditions and what to do next.
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Seek Medical Care Following a Car Accident
Even if someone “tapped” your car, you should consult a doctor about your condition. Hand and wrist pain can take days to manifest, and it’s important to catch injuries early on.
Some examples of collision-related hand and wrist injuries include:
- Broken bones, including your wrist, fingers, and palm
- Torn ligaments
Symptoms of these conditions include:
- Discolored fingers
- A limited range of motion
A doctor may take x-rays and other imaging scans to diagnose your condition. Furthermore, they can provide documentation that supports your injury claim.
Follow Through With Medical Care
Following your doctor’s orders ensures a speedy recovery. Failing to follow through with treatment jeopardizes your health and your claim. You want to show the insurer that you’re committed to your recovery. Otherwise, it may hesitate to settle your case.
Taking All Necessary Medications
Unless you have an allergy or another reason, take all pills, creams, and injections your doctor prescribes. They may also recommend over-the-counter medications for temporary relief.
Attending Physical Therapy
Your doctor may recommend physical or occupational therapy to restore your range of motion. If you’re concerned about missing work or paying for therapy, we can recoup these losses in your injury claim.
Attending Follow-Up Appointments
Even if you feel fine, wait until your doctor clears you from treatment. You risk exacerbating your condition without a doctor’s care.
Taking It “Easy”
Refrain from playing sports or roughhousing with your kids. If possible, refrain from using the injured limb in day-to-day activities. Using your injured hand or wrist won’t necessarily “build muscle.” It could worsen your condition.
Using Assistive Devices
If your doctor asks you to wear a brace or cast, we recommend doing so. This immobilizes your hand and wrist, so your body can heal itself after the car accident. Do not take it off before your doctor clears you.
Limit What You Share on Social Media
You’re within your rights to ask your friends and family members for help during your recovery period. However, limit what you publicly share on social media. This involves updating your status, sharing photos of your condition, and accepting unfamiliar friend requests.
Why Should I Limit My Social Media Use?
The insurance company will look for any reason to deny your claim. This involves sending a claims adjuster to review your social media accounts. They’ll look for any information to discredit your allegations.
Even posting an old photo from a few years ago can complicate your case. In addition to limiting your social media use, review your privacy settings. Social media platforms update their privacy settings all the time, and you’d be surprised what people can access.
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Refrain From Giving a Recorded Statement
The claims adjuster might seem like a genuinely nice person. However, they share their company’s interests: to limit what they pay injured claimants. While you recover, they may ask you to give a recorded statement.
It seems innocent enough. After all, they’re only going to ask you a few questions. Yet, consider the following:
- These are “loaded” questions, intended for the adjuster to use your words against you.
- The claims adjuster can take the recording and edit your words out of context.
- The other party could use your recording against you in court.
You also may not fully understand your injuries’ severity. For instance, you may give a recorded statement about your condition one day and feel completely different the next.
Consider Partnering with Our Law Firm
If you or a loved one suffered a wrist or hand injury in a car accident, you are not alone. We’re committed to helping injured claimants recover compensation for their medical bills, lost income, and other related expenses.
Our services include:
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Investigating claims
- Communicating with claims adjusters
- Calculating claimants’ losses
- Advocating for clients in court
Our team offers help on a contingency-fee basis, so you don’t pay anything until your case is over. We finance all consulting, filing fees, and other case-related obligations.
Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers to Begin Your Free Case Review
We help injured claimants in South Carolina and Georgia with their injury cases. We’ve served communities since 1977, and now, we’re ready to help you. During your free case review, our staff will encourage you to share your collision’s details. This includes the cost of your damages and the severity of your condition.