If an injury forces you to take time off from work, go through time-consuming and painful medical procedures, or otherwise suffer negative effects, those responsible should be made to contribute to the associated financial hardships.
Car Accident Attorneys Representing Victims in Port St. Lucie and Surrounding Areas
In almost all aspects of our lives, we rely on our hands in one way or another. Whether it be typing for work, operating a steering wheel to drive, or playing with our children, hands, wrists, and fingers are an integral part of doing things that we enjoy or need to do in order to make a living. When someone endures serious hand, wrist, or finger injuries, these activities become significantly more difficult or sometimes impossible. If these injuries arose from another party’s negligence, that individual should be held liable. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston assist injured victims with pursuing the proper legal action against negligent drivers responsible for causing their harm. We are committed to making sure that our clients receive knowledgeable legal guidance and zealous representation for claims associated with their injuries. Our attorneys are available to speak with you to determine your next legal steps. Contact our office today to learn more about our legal services and see how we can help.
Injuries Affecting the Hand, Wrist, or Finger
Hand, wrist, and finger injuries are common for victims involved in a car crash, since drivers and passengers may use their hands to brace themselves upon an impact. These injuries range from mild to significant, with the latter sometimes requiring extensive surgery and rehabilitation to regain function. Some common hand, wrist, and finger injuries potentially derived from a car accident include:
- Breaks or fractures, usually characterized by symptoms including swelling, stiffness, and bruising around the affected area. A fracture may affect any of the many bones comprising the hands and wrists, or more than one of them. These injuries may require treatment such as immobilization or surgery, and they may not heal for months. Some breaks or fractures may result in other complications like osteoarthritis, which affects a victim’s joints, or damage to the nerves, which may require additional time for recovery.
- A wrist sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn. Mild sprains only require at-home ice and rest, while more serious sprains may require surgery or immobilization.
Twenty-seven bones make up a person’s hand. As a result, there is a strong likelihood of sustaining a serious injury to one or more of those bones in a car accident. Victims should seek immediate medical treatment following a collision to ensure that their injuries are diagnosed and treated properly.
Liability for Injuries Caused by Negligence
Medical treatment for serious injuries may involve high costs that exceed the limits of insurance policy coverage. When a hand, wrist, or finger injury was caused by another person’s negligence, a victim may be able to recover these costs by filing a personal injury case. Many times, a negligent driver’s actions were the source of a collision. To show negligence, a victim must prove that they were owed a duty of care, that duty was breached by the defendant’s actions, those actions caused the injuries, and damages were incurred.
All motorists owe others a duty to act reasonably under the given circumstances. If a driver is acting recklessly, such as by tailgating, speeding, or otherwise engaging in dangerous maneuvers, and this leads to an accident, they likely will be found negligent. If liability is established, a victim may recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and property damage. Florida imposes a four-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which makes timing vital in ensuring that your rights are preserved.