The hands are one of the most often used parts of the human body and when your hands are injured practically every activity of your daily life is affected. We use our hands to wash our face in the morning, put on our clothes eat breakfast, drive to work, shake hands with people, and many other ordinary daily activities. Injured hands are always a debilitating injury that inhibits your daily activities.
One of the most delicate parts of the human body, your hand is made up of 27 small bones, called phalanges, carpals, and metacarpals. The phalanges are 14 small bones make up the skeletal structure of the fingers and thumb. The metacarpals are 5 bones that make up the skeletal structure of the hand. The carpals are eight small bones that make up part of the wrist. Because of the many small bones, the hand is particular prone to bone fractures during an accident involving or affecting the hands. As a result, a hand fracture or wrist fracture is a very common type of injury resulting from an accident.
The hands are used both to pick up and hold on to objects and to feel things. Feeling is mainly done through both the hand and the fingertips. The fingertips of the hand play a vital role in feeling since they are loaded with many densely packed nerve endings, which makes the fingertips very sensitive to touch and able to give the brain tons of feedback about the objects that we touch. Because of the high concentration of nerve endings, the fingertips are also able to be very accurate in placement. Just try quickly touching a penny with your elbow bone, and then try it with your fingertip.
In some cases, our hands have exceptional dexterity, coordination, or skill that is an integral part of our livelihood and ability to earn income. A surgeon, for example, relies on hand dexterity and coordination to perform surgery and earns his or her living that way. A concert pianist relies on hand coordination and skill to play the piano. A dentist relies on skillful hands to clean out cavities and mold perfectly shaped teeth. In all of these cases, and in many more scenarios, the hands are an integral part to making a living.
If your hands have been injured in an accident caused by the neglect of someone else, your San Diego hand injury attorney will fight vigorously to obtain payment of your medical bills and financial compensation for your pain and suffering as well as lost wages.
If your livelihood was dependent upon the exceptional dexterity, coordination, skill or strength of your hands and you are no longer able to perform the work that you once performed, then in addition to lost wages your San Diego hand injury lawyer may be able to obtain financial compensation for you for the reduced earning capacity due to your inability to perform the job that you previously performed.
Contact Injury Law Group today to speak with a San Diego hand injury attorney and ensure that your legal rights are protected. We’ll fight for your legal rights, so that you can focus on recovering from your hand injuries.