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A wrist injury after a fall on an outstretched hand


Suffering a wrist injury after a fall on an outstretched hand is not exactly uncommon. When you think about it, any fall you have could lead to such an injury. It’s pure instinct to try and plant your hands out in front of you – you want to try and protect your face and head, after all.

But even if you manage to do this, you’re asking a lot of your hands and wrists. They will absorb the total impact you experience from such a fall, and that means you could easily sustain an injury to one or even both wrists.


Suffering from a wrist injury after a fall on an outstretched hand

You may feel some immediate pain from an injury like this. Sometimes it may stem from little more than bruising to the affected area. Your wrist may be stiff and uncomfortable, and you may notice some swelling. An awkward fall can easily result in a twisted or sprained wrist, which can feel very uncomfortable indeed.

You might also be unlucky enough to break a bone in your wrist, and this will of course need treatment. A simple hairline fracture is possible, but a more complex break would require further treatment and possibly even surgery. Either way, you can expect to be put in plaster while the bone heals. This can take several weeks, so you will need to make sure you take it easy in that period of time. This could inhibit you in terms of the things you are able to do – and the things you might miss out on.


What should you do after you have received medical treatment?

The main thing to consider is how you came to fall in the first place. If you think you fell because someone else exhibited negligence in some manner, then it is worth your while to speak to a solicitor who deals with such claims.

They will have knowledge of how to approach the situation, and whether or not you might be able to claim for a wrist injury after a fall on an outstretched hand. Thankfully, getting in touch couldn’t be easier. Accident Advice Helpline has a team of advisors available on 0800 689 5659.