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Have you been hurt by a crush injury in the workplace? A crush injury typically occurs when a body part is trapped between two objects, or trapped beneath a heavy object that has fallen. The trapped body part is subject to an enormous amount of pressure. Such injuries can occur in many different types of workplaces.
For instance, at a construction site a worker can suffer a crushing head or spinal cord injury if a heavy object falls from scaffolding. Heavy loads may also fall from equipment such as a crane, and often occur in maritime work.
Crush injuries may also occur when a worker’s hand or arm is caught in a piece of machinery. These types of injuries can result in long-term numbness or nerve damage, deformity, or amputation of a body part. In the worst cases, such injuries are fatal.
Crush injuries range in severity. Some crush injuries may only show mild bruising, or may not even show visible signs of trauma to the body. More severe crushing injuries may involve lacerations to skin and muscle or crushed bones and joints. Internal bleeding may also be a consequence as a result of a crush injury. Severe crush injuries require immediate medical treatment as muscles and tissues deprived of blood for too long after injury can cause severe nerve damage or muscle death. A tetanus shot and antibiotics may also be necessary to avoid infection, gangrene, or amputation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace crush injury, an experienced industrial injury attorney can advise you about your legal rights. A knowledgeable workplace injury lawyer at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can help you obtain the compensation you need to provide for your family and recover from a workplace injury. Contact us today for a free case review.