A crush injury happens when part of the body is squeezed between two heavy objects. When the injury happened due to negligence an Atlanta crush injury lawyer can help you obtain justice. Serious crushing injuries usually require emergency medical care and corrective surgery. Soft tissue injuries resulting from a crushing injury can cause potentially deadly complications as well as impairment and disability.
When a crushing injury occurs in a car crash or another accident caused by another party’s negligence, the injury victim may seek to hold the at-fault party legally accountable. If you have suffered such an injury, learn more about your rights by contacting James M. Poe, P.C. Our firm assists clients in Atlanta and across Georgia. We will arrange for a free consultation with one of our attorneys about your case.
Injuries in a Crush Accident
Physical damage to the body related to crushing injuries includes:
- Bleeding, including potentially life-threatening internal bleeding
- Nerve injury
- Lacerations (open wounds)
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Organ damage
- Traumatic amputation / loss of limb.
Crush Injuries to Bones
While simple fractures can heal when set with a splint or cast for a few weeks, more complicated fractures do not always heal thoroughly. These include a comminuted fracture, in which the bone is shattered into three or more pieces. Shattered or crushed bones may require multiple surgeries to repair.
For example, external fixation is a procedure in which pins and screws are inserted into the bone above and below the fracture site. These items are then connected to a metal bar outside the skin to stabilize the wound until the limb can be opened for additional procedures.
Internally, a surgeon may use a combination of rods, plates, pins or screws to put a crushed bone back together and hold it in place so it may heal. This procedure is known as internal fixation.
Crush Injuries to Soft Tissues
The pressure exerted on the body in a crushing accident or due to a complex bone fracture may cause a condition known as “compartment syndrome.” Crushed tissue that swells and presses on the muscles, blood vessels and nerves can block blood flow out of a muscle compartment causing pressure to rise. Once the pressure reaches a certain point, oxygenated blood can no longer flow into the muscle, and the tissue begins to die. This may lead to permanent injury to muscle and nerves if not relieved, and an affected arm or leg may need to be amputated.
A significant crushing injury may also cause rhabdomyolysis, or crush syndrome. This is a medical problem caused by a breakdown of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream. This can lead to complications such as kidney (renal) failure.
Contact Our Atlanta Crush Injury Lawyer
A crushing injury that occurs in a car accident or any other accident is likely to result in hospitalization, surgery and a recovery that is painful, lengthy and costly. Crushing injury victims who have been harmed through another person’s negligence deserve a careful review of their case by a skilled Atlanta crush injury attorney.
The law firm of James M. Poe assists people and families in Atlanta and across Georgia who are dealing with catastrophic injuries, including crushing injuries.
Contact us today to discuss how our legal team may help you.