Car Accidents and Steering Wheel Injuries

In PA & NJ car accidents, the steering wheel can be considered a “blunt instrument” that can create serious bodily injury. The one thing in common for virtually every driver is that they are holding on to the steering wheel during a car accident leaving their hands and wrists exposed to injury.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of the most common steering wheel injuries. Conservative care is indicated as soon as possible, often with favorable outcomes, yet many victims are left with permanent loss of function even if treated. With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the median nerve is entrapped by the overstretched Transcarpal ligament.

An EMG test is a nerve test that is commonly used to diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This can be a painful test where a neurologist applies an electrical current throughout your arm and hand to determine if your nerves have been damaged. Carpal Tunnel surgery is a common fix for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Sometimes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome comes back after Carpal Tunnel surgery.

Many ignorant car insurance adjusters fail to look at the studies that show that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can occur after a blunt force type of injury. Some PA & NJ car insurance companies will deny the fact that a car accident victim’s Carpal Tunnel Syndrome came from a PA or NJ car accident. Medical testimony can prove these car insurance companies wrong.