If the force of trauma is severe enough—such as in the case of a Sarasota motorcycle accident—a great amount of energy is generated to break a wrist, even in healthy bones. When a broken wrist occurs as a result of a motor vehicle crash, a distal radius fracture may be the outcome.
A distal radius fracture is often called a broken wrist because of the proximity of the radius bone in the forearm to the wrist joint. Distal radius fractures are common bone fractures that result from Florida motor vehicle accidents. However, the breaks can occur in different ways, including:
- Colles fracture (or Colles’ fracture). This type of fracture of the distal radius is in the forearm, resulting in a displaced wrist and hand. It is often referred to as a “dinner fork” due to the shape of the forearm following the injury.
- Comminuted fracture. With this type of fracture, the bone is broken in two pieces or more.
- Intra-articular fracture. With this type of break, the fracture extends into the wrist joint.
- Extra-articular fracture. This type of fracture does not extend into the wrist joint.
- Displaced fracture. With this type of fracture, the bones do not line up straight.
- Open fracture. With this type of fracture, a bone breaks through the skin. These types of fractures are dangerous because of the risk for infection.
With any of these types of fractures, there will be pain, swelling, bruising, and oftentimes a deformity of the wrist, which may also cause numbness. There are many different treatment options depending on the many different types of fractures. A wrist fracture that is considered an open fracture, displaced fracture, intra-articular fracture, or a comminuted fracture is more difficult to treat than other types of fractures.
If you have suffered a serious wrist fracture in a Sarasota motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to a financial recovery. To get the maximum compensation possible, call a skilled Sarasota accident attorney at the Mallard Law Firm today at 888-409-3805 for a free consultation.