Few accidents are more terrifying than being crushed under a heavy object or in between unyielding objects. The fact is, however, that crush accidents happen, and they are exceedingly dangerous. Construction work and factory work are most prone to severe on-the-job crush injuries, but accidents leading to such injuries can happen in almost any kind of work or any situation. If you or someone you love has suffered a crush injury on the job or in any kind of accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, consult with an experienced Nashville personal injury attorney today.
Signs and Symptoms
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, crush accidents are most common when a body part is caught and squeezed between two heavy things. These injuries generally need emergency medical treatment and can require surgery. The symptoms associated with crush injuries include:
- Serious bleeding and bruising
- Bone fractures
- Lacerations and other open wounds
- Smashed fingers, hands, and/or feet
- Nerve injuries
- Wounds that become infected
- Compartment syndrome, when increased pressure in the arm or leg leads to serious damage in the nerves, muscles, blood vessels, and tissues
- Crush syndrome
Compartment syndrome is a serious health condition that is somewhat unique to crushing injuries and is worthy of further attention. When a part of the body is crushed and blood flow to halts, the muscles and tissues in that area can be seriously damaged or can even die if medical treatment is not swift. Generally, surgery is necessary to reduce the amount of pressure in that area of the body. Without prompt and appropriate treatment, such an injury can lead to muscle damage that is permanent or even to amputation of the limb. The signs common to compartment syndrome include:
- Severe pain
- Weakness in the area affected
- Shiny, pale skin in the area affected
When a body part endures a serious crush accident that does not receive speedy medical attention, the muscles and tissues in the crushed region begin to deteriorate and die. In the process, chemical byproducts of the deteriorating muscles – such as myoglobin, phosphorus, and potassium – can build up. When the crush-causing pressure is finally released, these built-up byproducts can rush into the accident victim’s bloodstream and cause kidney failure and shock. This is known as crush syndrome and can lead to amputation or death.
If You’ve Suffered a Crush Injury that Was Caused by Someone Else’s Negligence, Consult with an Experienced Nashville Personal Injury Attorney Today
Crushing accidents are terrifying, and if you have been injured in such an accident while on the job or as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are likely experiencing significant physical, financial, and emotional damages. The dedicated personal injury lawyers at Bednarz Law in Nashville are committed to helping you obtain the compensation necessary to achieve your most complete recovery. Our skilled legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 615-256-0100 for more information today.