An article at InjuryBoard.com (a community of personal injury law firms, attorneys, safety industry experts, and consumer advocates) discusses a common cause of hand injuries:
According to Dr. Elliot L. Ames, carpal tunnel syndrome can result from acute injury, as indicated by a retrospective study. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome developed in 96 patients within 2 months after an automobile accident in a study conducted by Dr. Ames. Forty-four (44) of these ninety-six (96) patients underwent carpal tunnel release. It is postulated that the mechanism of injury is blunt trauma from the steering wheel or dashboard.
The carpal tunnel joint on the wrist are in close proximity as the hand grasps the steering wheel, and as a result, are vulnerable during impact. The injury can occur when the hand is braced on the steering wheel at the time of a front or rear-end collision. Because the base of the thumb can be injured by the steering wheel and the carpal tunnel is in close proximity, it is reasonable to calculate the carpal tunnel takes blunt trauma during impact. [Read more]
This is an interesting finding. It’s not something I’d considered before, but it certainly makes sense that your hands can be severely injured in car accidents, and that the symptoms may not show up immediately, but may take awhile to present themselves.
Have your hands been injured in automobile accidents? If so, please share your story.