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Who is at risk for crush injuries?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

A crush injury results when a body part becomes trapped and compressed by a heavy object or crushing mechanical force.

These types of injuries are extremely dangerous and require immediate medical care.

Causes

Traffic and workplace accidents are leading causes of crush injuries. Those who work with scaffolding, heavy equipment, machinery or tractor-trailers are at high risk for crushing accidents. Common causes include:

  • Motor vehicle/run-over accidents
  • Structures or buildings collapsing on workers
  • Objects falling from significant heights

Symptoms

Signs of a crush injury vary depending on the severity of the internal damage. Minor crush injuries like smashing fingers in a car door can be extremely painful but may not pose a serious threat to life or limb. The following signs are indicative of potentially critical bodily harm:

  • Swelling and severe pain
  • Tingling sensation or numbness when idle
  • Open wounds, broken bones, bruising and lacerations

Early diagnosis and wound care are essential to the treatment of crush injuries in order to prevent blood loss, arrhythmias and infections.

Long-term effects

The aftermath of a severe personal injury can last a lifetime. Victims are susceptible to debilitating physical ailments such as compartment syndrome, renal failure and tetanus. Additionally, psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and clinical depression can surface when victims have difficulty coping with trauma and adapting to life after an injury.

If you or someone you love have permanent damage because of a crush accident resulting from someone else’s negligence, you deserve a chance to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.

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