Many different types of injuries can occur after a car accident, including carpal tunnel.
Many people believe that carpal tunnel is only caused by repetitive stress. However, according to Mayo Clinic, this injury is caused by pressure on the median nerve, which runs from the forearm through your wrist to your hand. Carpal tunnel creates a feeling of discomfort to the palm, side of the thumb and fingers, apart from the little finger.
Anything that irritates this median nerve can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. While it’s true that repetitive stress may be the most common cause of it, it is by no means the only cause. Wrist fractures, for instance, are also known to cause this condition.
If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can have long-lasting effects on a patient. Over time, the condition may even worsen. Those who experience it may find it difficult to grip, which can lead to losing your job or not being able to perform certain activities.
Can It Be Caused by a Car Accident?
If a car collision in Missouri hurts your wrist, it’s possible to develop carpal tunnel because of it. If you seek medical attention after the injury, a doctor can provide a diagnosis. It’s possible that even if you do hurt your wrist in the car accident, you may brush it off, as the initial pain isn’t so severe. You should still consider getting your wrist checked to make sure everything is fine.
Sometimes, it’s possible to develop carpal tunnel syndrome even if the wrist wasn’t directly hurt in the car accident. For instance, some victims with neck injuries can also develop it or if the impact was very forceful because they grip the steering wheel harder and overextend the wrist without realizing it.
Can You Get Compensation for It?
As long as the injury is directly caused by the car accident, you can ask for compensation for your pain and suffering. Though it may not be such a severe condition, it will still require some medical treatment, and you may even need to stop working until you’re feeling better. The settlement can help provide some financial support at this time.
You will have to prove the injury was caused by the accident and not by your line of work, or because of another injury. If you get medical treatment after the collision, the doctor’s diagnosis will serve as proof that your claim is valid, and you can back it up with other medical evidence from your file (treatment plan, prescription, even doctor testimony.)
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