If you have suffered from a trip or fall, people may be surprised to learn that you have also suffered a wrist injury, as well as damage to your feet, legs or ankles. In fact, wrist injuries are common with trips and falls, as it our natural instinct to brace ourselves with our hands when we are falling.
Wrist injuries can be serious, and there are different types of sprains, from a minor tear to a ligament to complete rupture, and each type will take a different amount of time to heal. A sprain is where you damage your ligament, and is often caused by bracing yourself when falling; the most common areas to sprain are your thumb or your wrist, and a thumb sprain could make everyday activities such as grasping or holding things very difficult.
Fracturing your wrist is a common injury which often occurs when you trip or fall, particularly if you are elderly. Many wrist fractures involve the scaphoid bone, which is one of the eight small bones which make up your wrist. Wrist fractures are often difficult to identify, and many people may assume that they have simply sprained their wrist.
Who is to blame?
If you’ve had a trip or fall and injured your wrist, you might be wondering who is to blame? If you have been injured in a public place, then you could be eligible to claim for compensation, particularly if your accident is due to negligence. Even if you have injured your wrist after falling at work, you may be able to claim for employer negligence, so it’s important to be honest about the reasons for your accident.
If an employer has failed to maintain equipment properly or left hazards lying around which led you to trip and fall, then you can claim for compensation – your employer will have liability insurance in place which will pay out in the event of a successful claim.
Claiming for compensation
In the event of an accident leading to personal injury, such as a wrist sprain or fracture, your first step should be to call Accident Advice Helpline. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers can offer expert advice and are happy to chat to you in confidence, with no obligation.
We can normally advise you within 30 seconds if your claim is viable, and most claims can be processed over the phone, with no need to attend court. Make sure that you have medical information on hand from your doctor or hospital visits when you call us and we will do our best to help you.
Date Published: November 18, 2013
Author: David Brown