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Here’s What to Know About Crush Injuries

Every type of injury can be of concern, but certain injuries are innately more serious. Crush injuries, which occur when great force is applied to your body for a prolonged period of time – usually the torso or limbs – can lead to severe consequences. 

Crush injuries may lead to an assortment of injuries and complications, such as:

  • Broken/fractured bones;
  • Soft tissue damage;
  • Muscle damage;
  • Organ damage;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Hemorrhaging; 
  • Respiratory distress;
  • Asphyxiation; 
  • Amputation; 
  • Psychological trauma. 

Crush injuries can be prevented with the use of safety training, industrial safety regulations, programs, and building codes. 

Crush Syndrome

When someone has been crushed, another great concern is that they may develop what is known as Crush Syndrome. Crush Syndrome can occur when the body has been crushed for an extended period of time. It can result in the deterioration of muscle and the release of toxins, such as nitric oxide and lactic acid. This can cause:

  • Metabolic acidosis (increased acidity in the blood);
  • Irregular heartbeat;
  • Blood clots; and
  • Issues with the brain.

Symptoms of Crush Syndrome

If left untreated can result in catastrophic injury or even death. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms of Crush Syndrome and to seek immediate medical attention if you suffer a crush injury in the first place. Symptoms include:

  • Severe pain;
  • Bruised and/or discolored skin;
  • Weak or absent pulse; and
  • Rapid swelling.

Internal Injuries

While crush injuries can cause scary external injuries, the most serious injuries to worry about are those you cannot see. Internal damage, such as bleeding, muscle toxins, and organ damage or even failure, can result from crushing. Although someone may appear uninjured that doesn’t mean that they are. 

Common Industries for Crush Injuries 

Crush injuries can occur in any profession, but are most common in professions and industries that utilize heavy machinery, such as construction, industrial, and agriculture. It’s also important to note that crush injuries commonly occur in car accidents when someone is pinned underneath a vehicle. 

The damage and destruction caused by crush injuries is often long-standing, requiring ongoing treatment and clinical monitoring. 

The Attorneys at Rochelle McCullough Help Those in Houston Who Have Suffered a Crush Injury in an Accident

The lawyers at Rochelle McCullough help victims of crush injury accidents to get their lives and their livelihood back on track. If you suffered a crush injury, we may be able to help. You may be entitled to compensation. A crush injury accident can have a huge impact on many aspects of your life. When you have already dealt with so much and wish to focus on your recovery, the last thing you want to worry about is dealing with insurance companies and claims. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. It’s imperative that you speak with a lawyer as quickly as possible to protect your rights. Call the lawyers at Rochelle McCullough today!