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New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer

When you or a loved one have suffered an elbow, wrist and/or hand injury as an accident victim, you need an experienced New Jersey injury lawyer to fight for the benefits you deserve.  At the Law Office of John F. Renner, P.C., we have built a reputation for excellence representing accident victims.  We understand the complexities of New Jersey accident law and aggressively protect your rights.  

Elbow, wrist and hand injuries are common injuries that occur in the workplace. The most common are fractures that happen as a result of workplace responsibilities such as heavy lifting. Fractures can also occur as the result of a fall or crush injury.

There are many types of fractures, but the main types are displaced, non-displaced, open, and closed fractures. Displaced and non-displaced fractures refer to the way the bone breaks. In a displaced fracture, the bone snaps into two or more parts and moves so that the bone is no longer aligned properly. In a non-displaced fracture, the bone cracks either part or all of the way through, but does move and remains aligned.

A closed fracture is when the bone breaks but there is no puncture or open wound in the skin. An open fracture is one in which the bone breaks through the skin. This is an important difference from a closed fracture because with an open fracture there is a risk of a deep bone infection.

Elbow, Wrist and Hand Injuries I Handle:

  • Fractures (elbow, wrist & hand)
  • Torn Ligaments
  • Amputations

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive work involving the hands and wrist, such as typing and assembly line work, is often the cause of one of the most debilitating injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal tunnel occurs when there is a compression and irritation of the median nerve in the wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often caused by the use of fingers and hands in a repetitive motion for extended periods of time.  For example, carpal tunnel can occur when doing repetitive assembly line work and from typing on the computer as part of the job.  Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel include tingling and numbness in the hand, pain in the wrist, loss of coordination and a weakening of the grip.  When this type of injury occurs, it is often impossible to return to the same type of work because of the high risk of re-injury or worsening of the condition.   Treatment for carpal tunnel includes rest, immobilization of the wrist in a splint, and the application of ice.  In the most severe cases, surgery involving the severing the band of tissue around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve is performed. This surgical procedure is called “carpal tunnel release.”

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Similar to carpal tunnel, this injury occurs in the elbow instead of the hand.  This occurs when the ulnar nerve at the elbow is compressed.  The ulnar nerve is the largest unprotected nerve (unprotected by bone or muscle) in the human body, which is why this type of injury is common.  Symptoms include numbness and pain from the elbow to the hand, numbness, tingling or cramping in the small finger and the ring finger, and pain over the inside edge of the elbow.  This can be the result of repetitive bending and straightening the elbow, holding the elbow bent for long periods of time, performing tasks which resist straightening of the elbow (for example shoveling or pushing open heavy doors), using tools which vibrate (such as a jackhammer), and leaning on the inside edge of the elbow or forearm against a desk or edge.   Rest is often helpful for providing temporary relief; however, it is unlikely to provide a long-term solution.  Physical therapy is sometimes an effective treatment while the more severe cases will require surgery, called a “cubital tunnel release.”

 Contact John F. Renner when you or a loved one need a New Jersey personal injury lawyer.

Additional Elbow, Wrist and Hand Injury Resources

 > Arm Wrist & Hand Injury Flow Chart
 > American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Hand Injury Information
 > Mayo Clinic - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Information
 > WebMD - Finger, Hand and Wrist Injury Prevention Information

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