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Why you should fear crush injuries in a car accident

The very term–crush injuries–sounds like a nightmare scenario in a car accident because it implies that some part of the body has been crushed. In truth, it is a nightmare scenario and without prompt treatment both at the site of the crash and continuing in the hospital, the car accident victim could very well die.

As injury lawyers, we have seen too many injurious car accidents turn fatal because of crush injuries. Here is a brief overview of crush injuries.

A crush injury occurs when a part of the body, usually legs or other extremities, becomes crushed or compressed by one or more objects. In car accidents, it is possible for the drivers’ legs or even their arms to suffer a crush injury. The initial crushing is typically followed closely by muscle swelling and sometimes neurological disturbances.

As expected, the initial injury is often catastrophic and can seriously impact the victim’s ability to remain functional after treatment. However, there are even worse consequences for this type of car accident injury. Without immediate, and more importantly, accurate field treatment, the victim could suffer further injury when the crushing object is moved. Some additional medical problems car accident victims might suffer include:

  • Tissue injury
  • Metabolic abnormalities
  • Organ dysfunction
  • Acute lung injury
  • Renal failure

We urge you to find out all you can about crush injuries if you have been injured in a negligent car accident. You can do this by reaching out to our Kentucky-based attorneys who will point you in the right direction. You can also speak to our lawyers about your case as well as your chances of acquiring the compensation you will need to aid your recovery.

We invite you to revisit our pages anytime you need legal information about car accident injuries.