Everyone who has ever rode a bike knows that cycling injuries are inevitable, which is why experienced cyclists know what to do in order to stay as safe as possible on two wheels. However, some injuries cannot be prevented. For example, when a car cuts a cyclist off or a driver opens a door directly into the pathway of a cyclist, it can cause a cyclist to fall.
When cyclists fall, they often stretch out their arms to catch themselves. When arms are extended to brace for a fall, they absorb the impact of the crash. As a result, it is likely that a scaphoid break can occur. In fact, the scaphoid (the carpal bone on the thumb side of the hand) is one of the most commonly broken bones cyclists sustain.
When the scaphoid is broken, it can cause a cyclist pain; however, because this type of injury may occur alongside other more severe injuries, it may get overlooked. Unfortunately, if immediate medical attention isn’t sought for this type of injury, it can lead to the death of the bone due to the limited blood supply, decreased grip strength, limited range of motion, and osteoarthritis.
Although a scaphoid fracture seems small, the adverse outcome can have a large effect on an injured cyclist. For this reason, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible following a cycling accident and mention any type of pain you are experiencing so a doctor can conduct a thorough medical examination.
If you suffered any type of injury that causes you to lose income and incur additional expenses as a result of a driver’s negligence and carelessness, you have a right to pursue a personal injury claim for your damages. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free consultation with an experienced injury attorney in the Fort Lauderdale area at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 today.