Crushing InjuriesJanuary 18, 2019
Crushing injuries may originate with several types of accidents, especially motor vehicle and construction accidents. Injuries may be extremely grave for the victim and may result in a fatality if not properly treated. Before discussing the causes and symptoms of a crush injury, it is helpful to understand what a crush injury is.
A crushing injury occurs when a victim becomes squeezed between two hard objects, such as heavy machinery. Many who suffer from crushing injuries may experience medical issues that leave victims with debilitating pain and potential disabilities, which may affect their ability to earn an income and quality of life.
Damage Sustained in Crushing Injuries
Depending on the severity of the accident, the symptoms signaling that a crushing injury occurred may vary. Bruising, lacerations, fractures or broken bones, open wounds, and bleeding may result. Victims may endure nerve damage or secondary infections as well. Compartment syndrome, which consists of painful swelling, may cause serious soft tissue trauma for legs or arms in more severe cases. The areas affected by the injuries may lose oxygen or blood flow may be restricted, which causes the tissues to deteriorate and die.
When a crushing accident takes place, medical attention, no matter how minor the harm appears, should be administered and physicians should monitor the injuries. Initial injuries may seem mild, but within days of the incident transpiring, undetected kidney failure, cardiac issues, or even fatal injuries may befall the victim. If a limb receives significant damage and the soft tissue dies, an amputation may be the only option.
Causes of Crushing Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian crashes, may leave victims with crushing injuries. Types of car accidents that cause crushing injuries include:
- Side-impact crashes: The passenger or driver may become sandwiched against the door.
- Head-on collisions: The front seat occupants may become crushed from being pushed up against the steering wheel or front console, leading to broken ribs or organ damage.
- Rollover accidents: The roof can cave in and seriously injure all car occupants or leave fatalities.
- Rear-end collisions: May result in crushing injuries for back seat passengers who may be squeezed in between the rear of the vehicle and the front seat.
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