One of the most traumatic injuries a person can suffer is that of a crush injury. Crush injuries can occur in just about any situation. Crush injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, slip and falls, work accidents and more. So long as a part of your body is overcome with pressure or force, a crush injury has occurred. Let’s explore the damages to the body caused by a crush injury in today’s post.
Crush injuries can cause the following damage to your body:
- Injuries to your nerves
- Smashed hands and fingers
- Secondary infections
- Compartment syndrome
What is compartment syndrome? Compartment syndrome occurs when a victim of a crush injury feels an increased pressure in their legs or arms. This leads to severe damage to the nerves, muscles, blood vessels and tissues in the affected areas of the body.
A crush injury can lead to extensive bleeding, especially if the injury involved the head. You need to stop the bleeding or limit it, as much as possible. The less blood you or a loved one loses, the better the prognosis will be for recovery.
When a crush injury occurs, make sure you document everything after calling 911. Protecting the evidence makes it easier to prove fault in a personal injury claim that you decide to file against a co-worker, employee, employer or another person.
A crush injury is traumatic. It can change your life in an instant and can prevent you from working. It can take months to recover from a crush injury. Make sure you seek medical care immediately after suffering such a serious injury and document the entire incident.