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
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.