A broken wrist, regardless of the cause, requires immediate medical attention. Furthermore, this type of injury can keep you from doing your job in the future, thus complicating your professional and financial life.
There are many types of workplace accidents that can cause a broken wrist, including but not limited to:
- Fall from height
- Crush between
- Motor vehicle accident
- Slip-and-fall accident
- Power tool accident
If you suspect a broken wrist, report the incident and injury to your employer. From there, visit the emergency room for medical care. Your doctor will run a variety of tests to diagnose your condition, starting with an exam and followed up by an X-ray, CT scan and/or MRI.
Treatment of a broken wrist
Treatment depends on many factors, including the severity of the break. For example, if the ends of your bone are not aligned, your doctor will manipulate them back into place.
Here are some other treatment strategies that typically come into play:
- Immobilization: By restricting movement of your wrist, the bone is given the time necessary to heal properly. Immobilization typically includes the use of a cast or splint.
- Medication: There is no medication to speed up your recovery, but there are over-the-counter pain relievers that can make your injury more tolerable.
- Physical therapy: Once your cast or splint is removed, your doctor will examine your wrist to determine what comes next. In most cases, you'll require physical therapy to restore flexibility and strength. Physical therapy can also help reduce stiffness.
Even with a focus on physical therapy, it typically takes several months for a broken wrist to completely heal. For this reason, you don't want to overuse your hand, as doing so can slow down your recovery or result in additional injury.
If you suffer a broken wrist at work, you may find that you're unable to do your job for the time being. This will lead you toward the workers' compensation system, as you may be able to receive compensation until you can return to your former position.
If you receive a denial letter, find out why and then file an appeal. You have legal rights, and protecting them will help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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