A crush injury usually occurs as a result of a limb being caught between two objects–e.g., pinned between town machine parts–and can result in permanent disability, disfigurement, and death. Often there is damage beneath the skin that can cut off blood flow and increase the risk of infection and permanent damage to the skin.
Joe Lyon is an experienced and highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio Personal Injury and product liability lawyer accepting cases involving a crush injury nationwide.
Common Causes of a Crush Injury
Crushing injuries often result from accidents that are caused by careless conduct of others at the workplace. Many injuries are born of motor vehicle crashes, forklift accidents, dropped objects at a work site and contact with machinery that has not been maintained or fitted with safety guards. Other types of injuries are the result of the following:
• Farming Equipment Accidents
• Vehicle Accidents—drivers and passengers in cars, trucks or forklifts
• Crane accidents
• Collapsing or falling construction materials—laborers are exposed to crushing injuries when materials such as bricks, planks, tools and equipment fall from heights.
• Fork Truck Accidents—warehouse, dock and moving company workers often suffer crushed body parts from skids, boxes or furniture being dropped or pressed against them.
• Industrial Equipment defects—fingers, hands, wrists and arms are frequently are caught in the moving parts of machines at work. Many of these accidents are preventable if the machine is properly fitted with safety guards and an emergency stop device.
Common Types of Crush Injury
A crushing injury can result in serious and debilitating internal and external injuries, including bleeding, bruising, broken bones, muscle and ligament tears, nerve damage and, in the most severe cases, death. The most serious injuries caused include:
• Scarring and disfigurement
• Bone fractures
• Secondary infection
• Crush Injury Syndrome
• Compartment Syndrome—caused when the nerves and blood vessels are compressed within an enclosed space, leading to muscle and nerve damage.
• Rhabdomyolysis and Kidney Damage
• Brain Injury