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Wrist Fractures

Individuals who have sustained a wrist fracture may experience ongoing health problems such as persistent pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion, which may hinder daily activities. Some individuals develop post-traumatic arthritis, characterised by joint pain and swelling, which can worsen over time. There is also a risk of developing complex regional pain syndrome, a painful condition causing swelling and changes to the skin. Additionally, if the bones do not heal properly (malunion) or the nerves are damaged during the injury, further medical interventions may be needed.

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A wrist fracture refers to a break in one or more of the bones within the wrist joint, commonly involving the radius—the larger of the two arm bones at the wrist. It often occurs due to a fall onto an outstretched hand or direct impact, causing symptoms like pain, swelling, bruising, and limited range of motion. Diagnosis typically involves physical examination and imaging tests like X-rays. Treatment varies from casting and splinting to potentially surgery, depending on the severity and alignment of the fracture. In scenarios where the wrongful or negligent actions of a third party led to the fracture, it may be possible to bring a personal injury compensation claim.

What are the most common causes of wrist fractures?

The most common causes of wrist fractures include falls onto an outstretched hand, particularly in activities like sports or slipping on ice. Motor vehicle accidents and direct blows to the wrist from sports or occupational activities also frequently result in wrist fractures. Osteoporosis, a condition characterised by weakened bones, increases the risk of fractures from minor trauma. Additionally, certain sports and activities that involve repetitive stress on the wrist, such as gymnastics or weightlifting, can cause fractures.

Can workplace negligence lead to wrist fractures?

Yes, there are many scenarios where this type of fracture can be caused by workplace negligence. Unsafe working conditions, lack of proper safety equipment, inadequate training, and failure to implement safety protocols increase the risk of accidents resulting in wrist injuries. Examples include slips, trips, and falls due to wet floors or cluttered walkways, as well as accidents involving heavy machinery or falling objects. Employers have a legal obligation to maintain a safe work environment and provide necessary training and protective measures to prevent such incidents, and failure to do so can result in liability for workplace injuries, including wrist fractures.

In what scenarios can I bring a compensation claim?

You can bring a compensation claim after sustaining a wrist fracture if it occurred due to another party’s negligence or intentional actions. Examples include workplace accidents resulting from unsafe conditions or inadequate training, motor vehicle collisions caused by another driver’s recklessness, or slips and falls on poorly maintained premises. Additionally, if a defective product or machinery contributed to the injury, you may have grounds for a claim against the manufacturer or distributor.

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