Crushing Injuries

Crushing Injuries

A crushing injury occurs when a body part is wedged between two objects. It 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. A person with a crushing injury may suffer extreme pain and suffering in addition to high medical bills and loss of income while recovering.

Unfortunately, crushing injuries frequently result from accidents that are caused by the careless conduct of others, such as 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.

A total of 4,679 fatal work crushing injuries were recorded in the United States in 2014, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2014 was 3.3 per 100,000 fulltime equivalent (FTE) workers

Causes of Crushing Injuries

Many different types of preventable accidents can cause crushing injuries. Some of the most common causes of crushing injuries are:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: A driver or passenger in a car accident or truck accident may be pinned inside and suffer crushed bones or organs. A motorcycle or ATV rider who is struck by another vehicle may be crushed between the vehicles. Forklifts at construction sites and trucks may run over and crush legs and feet due to a driver’s carelessness.
  • Dropped or falling objects: All too often, construction laborers are exposed to crushing injuries when materials such as bricks, planks, tools and equipment fall from heights. Additionally, warehouse, dock and moving company workers may suffer crushed body parts from skids, boxes or furniture being dropped or pressed against them.
  • Machinery: Fingers, hands, wrists and arms frequently are caught in the moving parts of machines at work or home. Many of these accidents could have been avoided if the machine had been properly fitted with safety guards or had an emergency stop device.

Depending on the severity of the crushing injury, the victim may be left with temporary or permanent damage or disfigurement. Extensive medical treatment may be required, including surgery, rehabilitation and medication. A victim may be unable to work for weeks or months. In many cases, victims may be unable to work again at their full physical capacity or to enjoy their daily life activities. The crushing injury can be devastating to the victims and their families.

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If you or a loved one has suffered a crushing injury due to another person’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering. America Law Center can competently handle your case and secure the maximum monetary reward you deserve.

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