If you suffered a wrist injury in an accident or incident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to hold that party responsible and pursue compensation. A Los Angeles wrist injury attorney from our team may be able to help you get justice and compensation to pay for your medical care, time away from work, pain and suffering, and more.
A KJT Law Group personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles is ready to review your case today. During your free consultation, we can assess your legal options and talk about your options for securing a payout for your injuries. Call (818) 507-8525 or contact us online to learn more.
Common Wrist Injuries and How They Occur
It’s not something many of us think about, but the wrist is one of the most complex joints in the body. To allow a wrist to function, 15 bones, 17 ligaments, two dozen tendons, and several major nerves must all work together properly. When any of these parts are injured, it can cause pain, swelling, and limited motion.
According to the National Library of Medicine, the first signs of a wrist injury often include wrist pain, loss of strength, and numbness or tingling. Swelling and bruising may follow these symptoms.
If you experience any of these issues after an incident involving your wrist, you should see a doctor who will take steps to diagnose the issue. These may include:
- Discussing what happened and what symptoms you have
- Performing a physical exam
- Ordering X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or other imaging scans
One way that negligence leads to wrist injuries is through falls on an outstretched hand, sometimes called FOOSH. These can happen in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. Other causes include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, other crashes, and other types of falls.
Other injuries that can affect the function of your wrist include:
Fractures often require surgery or another form of stabilization, casting, and/or physical therapy. Common wrist fractures include:
- Distal radius fracture, a common break of the forearm at the wrist
- Scaphoid fracture, when a person applies pressure to an outstretched hand, such as in a fall or crash
- Radial styloid fracture, which affects the bone just below the thumb
- Ulnar styloid fracture, which affects the bony knot on your wrist
Sprains and Strains
Depending on its severity, location, and other factors, ligament damage could require surgery. Most of these injuries occur when the wrist bends beyond its normal range of motion, such as during a fall with your hand outstretched. Possible ligament injuries include:
- Scapholunate ligament injury
- Triangular fibro cartilage complex (TFCC) injury
- Lunotriquetral ligament injury
Who Is Liable for My Los Angeles Wrist Injury Accident?
Who is legally responsible for your wrist injury will depend on what happened and the circumstances of your accident. In general, it is the party whose negligence caused your injuries, such as the property owner in a slip and fall case or the at-fault driver in a crash.
Four things that must occur to prove the liable party’s negligence:
- A duty of care
- A breach of this duty
- Causation (in other words, the breach of the duty of care caused your injuries)
When you work with one of our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, we gather evidence to show what happened, how someone else’s negligence played a role, and who is legally liable. We also document your damages.
Identifying the Liable Party
How we identify who is liable will depend on the type of accident. For example:
Slip and Fall Injuries
Property owners and lessees (those who lease private or commercial property) have a duty of care to protect invited guests, customers, and others on the property. When they allow a fall hazard to occur and fail to remedy it, someone could slip or trip and suffer injuries. The property owner or occupier responsible for maintenance of the property is generally liable.
In a traffic accident, the at-fault driver is generally the liable party. Our attorneys work to prove what happened and determine who caused the crash. We can then file an insurance claim based on their liability policy or sue them in civil court to recover compensation for our client.
In some cases, another party might be vicariously liable, such as if the at-fault driver was working when the crash occurred. In cases like these, the legal doctrine of respondeat superior often applies. For example, trucking companies are usually vicariously liable when their commercial truck driver causes a Los Angeles crash.
Building a Case to Prove Your Los Angeles Personal Injury Claim
You must have strong evidence to support your personal injury claim to recover compensation for your accident-related expenses and losses. The team at KJT Law Group handles cases like these by investigating what happened and building strong support for our client’s claim. This can allow us to show the insurer’s policyholder is liable and recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future care for lasting injuries
- Lost income if our client missed work
- Property damage
- Miscellaneous expenses
- Pain and suffering
If the insurer will not pay a fair amount to our client, or there are other reasons why a lawsuit may be necessary, we can file a suit in a Los Angeles County civil court.
How Can a Wrist Injury Attorney in Los Angeles Help With Your Case?
When our attorneys represent a client with a wrist injury, we fight for a fair financial recovery on your behalf. We understand how significantly these injuries can affect your everyday life while you heal, especially if you have any lingering effects.
Our case results show that we take wrist and arm injuries seriously and work effectively. For example, we secured a $475,000 recovery for a client who was hit by a car while walking and suffered an arm fracture that required surgery.
We can handle all aspects of your wrist injury case, including:
- Gathering the necessary evidence
- Analyzing the evidence to understand what happened
- Documenting your expenses and losses
- Protecting your rights
- Demanding a fair payout from the liable party and their insurer
Deadlines for Pursuing Damages in a Los Angeles County Civil Court
Under CCP § 335.1, we must sue the liable party (or parties) in a wrist injury case within two years of the accident that caused your injuries. Missing this deadline could mean losing the right to take your case to trial. It could also make it more difficult to negotiate a fair settlement with the liable party’s insurance company. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work.
Connect With a Los Angeles Wrist Injury Attorney Today for Free
A Los Angeles wrist injury attorney from KJT Law Group is ready to discuss your case for free today. We provide complimentary case reviews for people who suffered wrist injuries in a fall, traffic crash, or any other negligence accident. We may be able to help you pursue compensation and get justice in your case.
We represent our injury clients based on contingency, which means we never ask you to pay anything up front. Our attorney’s fees come directly from the money we recover in your case. To learn more, call (818) 507-8525 or contact us online today.