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Overview of Crushing Injuries

Crushing injuries occur when a body part is subjected to tremendous force, usually from being crushed between two solid, heavy objects. Every year, approximately 125,000 workers suffer from crushing injuries in the American workplace; the injuries vary in their severity and intensity. Crushing injuries can range from an injured finger or toe that leaves you with little long term damage, to injuries that involve the compressing of a body part under extreme pressure.

Industries that use heavy machinery and equipment with moving parts (ex: conveyors) tend to see more crushing injuries each year. When machinery like this is used in a plant, employers are required to make sure that all equipment is safe to operate and well maintained. Workers must be trained in the proper methods of operation, cleaning, and maintenance of the equipment. Workers should handle hazardous machinery only under supervision of competent persons.

Workers must also be provided equipment and tools that reduce the danger of crushing injuries and must be adequately trained in their proper use. Besides being inflicted by machinery, crushing injuries can occur when body parts get stuck between powered doors, under debris or in forklifts, and other heavy equipment. Workers who are involved in lifting heavy loads may suffer these injuries if they drop their loads. Workers must be trained to place their hands in or reach under or around a powered machine, only when all power to the machine is turned off.

What are the effects of crushing injuries?

Generally, crushing injuries that occur in the workplace tend to involve large sections of the body, and include damage and significant trauma to bones, nerves, organs, blood vessels, and soft tissues. There is significant bruising, bleeding, and fracturing of bones. Severe psychological trauma may also be inflicted on the victim. There may be long term effects of a crushing injury because of damage to the nerves, as well as the consequences of any organ damage that results.

For examples, compartment syndrome occurs when blood vessels or nerves are damaged by crushing force; this can result in loss of sensation. In extreme cases, there may be paralysis of the affected part. If there is extensive nerve damage and cell death occurs, then the only method to prevent even more serious consequences may be an amputation.

Contact an industrial accident attorney from our firm today!

Have you recently suffered from a crushing injury at an industrial facility? If so, then it is in your best interests to consult with an industrial injury attorney from our firm who can evaluate your case and determine the best course of action. At Arnold & Itkin, we have shown our ability to handle even the most complex of cases involving industrial accidents—such as those resulting in crushing injuries. These are painful, costly injuries, and we recognize the need for comprehensive compensation. It is for this reason that we encourage you to contact our legal team as soon as possible. The sooner that you get us involved, the sooner that we will be able to help you obtain the just compensation that you need.

For legal assistance you can rely upon, do not hesitate to contact an industrial injury lawyer from our legal team.

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