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Atlanta Slip and Fall Injuries Often Cause Serious Wrist Injuries


March 25, 2018

The first thing we do when we slip is put our arms out in a desperate attempt to regain our balance. Failing that, we put our hands down to cushion the blow. Unless you have received training in martial arts or defensive tactics and have learned to fall with a specific technique to break the fall, you will likely put your hands down first in an effort to avoid more serious injury. Putting your hands down to break a fall places tremendous strain on the bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons of the hand and wrist. The substantial stress of the fall coupled with the body's weight compressing and contorting the wrist can cause a severe injury.

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has handled numerous cases in which their clients suffered severe, debilitating wrist injuries due to a fall caused by another person's negligence. You can trust Montlick & Associates wrist injury attorneys to pursue your claim with vigor and zeal so that you are in the best position possible to maximize your financial compensation for your Atlanta wrist injury. Many firms will claim they have superior results. However, Montlick & Associates track record of recovering over $1 billion* for their clients along with more than three decades of Atlanta and Georgia legal experience make them the right choice to represent you in a legal claim for damages to compensate you for your injured wrist due to a slip and fall.

Wrist Injuries from Falling

Falling with your palm down is reflexive. You do it to protect your head, spine, and hips. For some reason, we think putting our hands down will soften the impact with the floor or ground. This may be true, but when we do so we also contort our wrists into unnatural positions. Also, we put our body weight on the wrist and hand as we are coming down. Despite the incredible flexion we enjoy in our wrists, they are not the most durable joint in the body. They are not made to support all of the body's weight especially when the arm gets caught behind or underneath the falling person.

A fall onto a hand that is bracing for impact can easily damage the wrist. Aside from breaking the bones, sprains are the next-most common injury a person could suffer in a fall. A sprain occurs when the ligaments are stretched or torn due to rapid movement under stress. Orthopedic doctors grade sprains based on their severity. The grade will help the doctor determine the length of recovery and the treatment necessary to heal and rehabilitate the injured wrist.  Grades of wrist injury are:

  • Grade 1. A Grade 1 sprain means that the force of the fall stretched the ligaments but did not tear them.
  • Grade 2. A Grade 2 sprain indicates that some of the ligaments were torn in the fall. A person with a Grade 2 sprain may lose full function of their injured wrist until the damage heals.
  • A Grade 3 sprain is the most severe. The ligaments are torn completely. The ligaments pull free from the bones to which they were attached. This can cause the bone to chip, which is called an avulsion fracture. Most times this severe injury must be surgically repaired.

Damages for your Atlanta Wrist Injury

Wrist injuries can take a long time to heal. They can need a lengthy period of rehabilitation after surgery. Wrist injuries can be tricky injuries to try and continue working. Most people need full use of their hands, wrists, and arms at their jobs. Therefore, a serious wrist injury could keep you out of work for a long time. You could accumulate thousands upon thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. That is why if you have suffered a serious wrist injury because of someone else's negligence, you can benefit from consulting with an Atlanta slip and fall attorney at Montlick and Associates to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 36 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 36 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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*Dollars recovered are cumulative and not indicative of individual results

Sources:

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/wrist-sprains/

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