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Slip and Fall on Ice Wrist Fracture I

Who pays for my slip and fall on ice broken wrist fracture is a question many injured persons have in Wisconsin in the winter.  When a person slips and falls on ice it is common to suffer a broken wrist causing lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering.

Doctors commonly diagnose a sprained wrist after a patient falls on an outstretched hand. However, if pain and swelling don't go away, the fall on an outstretched hand commonly breaks the scaphoid bone of the wrist. X-rays taken at the time of the injury may not clearly show the fracture. The following articles will discuss:

what causes fractures of the scaphoid bone

what nonunion of the scaphoid bone is

what you can do to treat each condition

Where is the scaphoid bone of the wrist?

The anatomy of the wrist joint is extremely complex, probably the most complex of all the joints in the body. The joint is actually a collection of many joints and many bones. These joints and bones let us use our hands in many ways. The wrist must be extremely mobile to give our hands a full range of motion. At the same time, the wrist must provide the strength for heavy gripping.

The wrist is made up of eight separate small bones, called the carpal bones. The scaphoid bone is a carpal bone near the base of the thumb. The carpal bones connect the two bones of the forearm, the radius and the ulna, to the bones of the hand. The metacarpal bones are the long bones that lie underneath the palm. The metacarpals attach to the phalanges, which are the bones in the fingers and thumb.

One reason that the wrist is so complicated is because every small bone forms a joint with the bone next to it. This means that what we call the wrist joint is actually made up of many small joints. Ligaments connect all the small bones to each other, and to the radius, ulna, and metacarpal bones.

The scaphoid bone is a small carpal bone on the thumb side (radial side) of the wrist. It is the most commonly fractured carpal bone. A fall on the outstretched hand puts heavy stress on the scaphoid bone. This stress can cause either a small crack through the middle of the bone or a complete separation of the bone into two pieces. A separation is called a displaced fracture.

McCormick Law Office attorneys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have success getting the best results in slip and fall on ice wrist fracture cases when the medical records document the relationship to the dangerous condition.

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