Defense Wounds Due to Blunt Force

Just as one can have defense wounds from a knife attack, one can have defense wounds from an attack with a blunt object. There are generally abrasions and contusions on the back of the hands, wrists, forearms, and arms (Figure 4.12). Lacerations are less common and may contain embedded fragments of the weapon in the wounds. Even less common are fractures. When these occur, they generally involve the forearm, and are incurred in attempts to ward off a blunt object.

Figure 4.12 Abrasions and contusions of back of hand representing defense-type wounds.

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