A crush injury—which usually happens when a portion of a person’s body is compressed between hard surfaces—can be incredibly traumatic and have life-threatening consequences. Such injuries commonly happen to employees in certain industries or to victims of car accidents.
Because of the severe nature of a crush injury, patients often find their quality of life and ability to work are drastically impacted. A crush injury can result in the loss of use of a limb and may even require amputation, which has its own associated risks.
If you have been injured in an accident that caused a crush injury you may have an injury claim against the parties responsible for the harm done to you. A personal injury lawsuit or an insurance claim will help ensure you obtain the funds necessary to cover your medical bills and compensate you for your pain and suffering. If you are unable to work, the compensation will also help ease your financial burden.
Crush Injury Complications
Common complications that can arise from a crush injury include:
Crush Syndrome (traumatic rhabdomyolysis): a localized injury that can cause crushed muscles to break down, releasing toxins that can result in tissue damage and organ failure, including renal failure.
Double Crush Syndrome: A double crush injury involves compression at two or more points along a nerve that can increase the pain or intensity of crush symptoms.
Compartment syndrome: swelling or bleeding in a muscle in the leg or arm that can disrupt blood flow, damage the nerve cells and muscle cells and cause tissue death and permanent harm. A compartment includes blood vessels, muscle tissues, and nerves that are grouped together and enclosed by a membrane. The membrane is not able to expand, so when the tissues in the compartment swell, there is no room for them to grow and they can be damaged.
Amputations: If the damage is too extreme or there is a risk of more severe conditions developing, doctors may choose to amputate the affected limb.
Crush fractures: the pressure from being compressed can cause bones to break. Patients could suffer a crush injury to the finger, crushed vertebrae, or a crush injury to the foot.
Crush injury complications can involve secondary infections, brain injuries, disfigurement, nerve damage, and paralysis. Crush wounds can be so severe that patients die from their injuries.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition often caused after an injury in which the patient suffers chronic pain that is more debilitating that would be expected given the nature of the initial injury. CRPS typically affects the arms or legs and can be irreversible if the patient does not receive crush injury treatment. Symptoms of CRPS include sensitivity to cold and touch, swelling in the affected area, changes in skin color or texture, and decreased mobility.
Unfortunately for construction workers, crush injuries are all too common in their industry. Construction employees work around heavy machinery, massive building components and other hazards that can easily cause severe crush harm. Construction workers have died from having steel beams fall on them or equipment roll onto them. Those who survived their injuries often suffer permanent harm and require life-long medical treatment.
Although there are laws in place to protect workers, some employers attempt to increase profits and decrease costs by violating those laws, putting their employees at risk of devastating injuries.
Car accidents are another common crush injury cause. They may cause such an injury when a person becomes pinned by a vehicle or part of a vehicle, when a vehicle rolls over, or when a person is ejected from the automobile or motorcycle. Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents can all cause catastrophic crush injuries.
Crush Injury Attorney
If you have suffered a crush injury, you may be left with temporary or permanent damage. Depending on how severe your injury is, treatment could involve ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, medication, and hospital stays. You may be unable to work for a short time or even permanently.
Even if your crush injury occurred at work or in a car accident, you may not be barred from filing a lawsuit. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your circumstances to determine if the required gross negligence exists to allow for a crush injury claim. If a lawsuit cannot be filed, your attorney can develop the strongest insurance claim possible to maximize your damages.
Attorneys at Cutter Law are highly experienced in personal injury and crush claims and will assess your situation to advise you on your best course of action. We can answer your questions and make sure you understand your rights following your devastating injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a crush injury, contact one of the highly respected Sacramento or Oakland attorneys at Cutter Law for a no-obligation consultation. We’re here to help you through this extremely stressful time.