We all have eight bones in our wrists and two arm bones (ulna and radius) that connect to the wrist. Ligaments, cartilage and muscles hold the wrist together and allow it to do its job.
When these bones are broken or injuries, our mobility, quality of life, and earning potential is seriously compromised.
Have you or a loved one suffered a serious wrist fracture at work or on the roads?
If your injury occurred due to someone else’s carelessness, or if you were injured in a car, truck, motorcycle, or snowmobile crash, you may be entitled to compensation.
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Our personal injury lawyers understand wrist fractures
At Oatley Vigmond, we know wrist fractures are as life-changing as they are complex. We use our wrists all day, whether we’re on our phones or behind the wheel. And these injuries are especially disruptive when they affect the dominant hand.
Wrist fractures also make you vulnerable to other catastrophic injury. For example, a study by the Injury journal found a slight increase in the incidence of hip fractures for wrist fracture sufferers (Johnson et al., 2017, p. 399).
Moreover, treating the acute damage does not protect against the long-term impacts of a serious wrist fracture. An injured joint is seven times more likely to become arthritic, even if the injury receives proper treatment, and post-traumatic arthritis can result in lifelong problems.
Statistics Canada reports that more than 4-million Canadians suffered serious wrist injuries between 2009 and 2010. That means more than 4-million Canadians were potentially out of work, unable to provide for their families, and facing serious recovery costs.
When you’re in this position, time feels like it’s standing still. And most wrist injuries need a long time to heal. Even after the immediate damage is repaired, long-term rehabilitative treatment is usually required.
In many cases, wrist fractures occur by no fault of the victim. And frequently, the only thing stopping victims from receiving fair compensation is their inaction.
Get in touch with our team for a free consultation. If you are eligible for compensation, you do not pay legal fees until our team is successful.
Wrist Fracture Lawyer and Treatment Costs
Broken wrists can be treated in a number of different ways. Often surgeons will use plates, screws, rods or an external fixator to stabilize the wrist after a serious break.
Obviously, the specific medical cost of wrist fractures varies depending on the severity of the injury and the amount of rehabilitation required.
But the cost and overall economic burden of hand and wrist injuries is widely acknowledged. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that wrist fractures and related injuries cost $740-million per year, ranking first in the order of most expensive injury types (de Putter et al, 2017, p. 56). This meta-analysis factored in the injuries’ effects on productivity and healthcare spending, along with the cost of rehabilitation, physiotherapy, and intensive care.
Unfortunately, since the injured individual is often unable to return to work for the duration of their recovery, the financial burden often falls on the family. Some are forced to empty their savings or even apply to lenders.
Given the long-term risks and costs associated with serious wrist fractures, it’s all the more important that you find a personal injury team willing to fight for your compensation without piling on additional legal fees upfront.
Contact a wrist fracture lawyer for free
At Oatley Vigmond, comprehensive support is our imperative. Our personal injury team will provide immediate care in your time of need, then stay by your side through every step of your recovery.
There are many of firms that offer legal advice and assistance in processing your claim for compensation, but the Oatley Vigmond Approach sets us apart.
De Putter, C. E., Selles, R. W., Polinder, S., Panneman, M. J. M., Hovius, S. E. R., & van Beeck, E. F. (2012). Economic impact of hand and wrist injuries: health-care costs and productivity costs in a population-based study. JBJS, 94(9), e56.
Hartholt, K. A., van Beeck, E. F., Polinder, S., van der Velde, N., van Lieshout, E. M., Panneman, M. J., … & Patka, P. (2011). Societal consequences of falls in the older population: injuries, healthcare costs, and long-term reduced quality of life. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, 71(3), 748-753.
Johnson, N. A., Stirling, E. R. B., Divall, P., Thompson, J. R., Ullah, A. S., & Dias, J. J. (2017). Risk of hip fracture following a wrist fracture—A meta-analysis. Injury, 48(2), 399-405.