Catastrophic Personal Injury Crush Injuries
Workers suffer crush injuries when pressure from a heavy object is placed on a body part, or when the body is constricted between two objects. This type of injury can cause serious, permanent injuries or death.
When a body part is caught between two objects in motion, severe injures can occur. These crush injuries include a sudden shock to the victim during the injury, coupled with a severe physical injury resulting in excessive trauma. Traumatic injuries like these may result in broken bones, internal bleeding, severe bruises, organ damage, nerve damage, laceration, renal failure, compartment syndrome (also referred to as complex regional pain syndrome), or death.
Causes of Crush Injuries
Crush injuries may result from a number of accidents, including:
- Truck, car, or motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Falls from height
- Structure collapses
- Machinery, appliances, or equipment accidents
- Doors, revolving doors, or entryways accidents
Workplace Injury Lawsuits
The medical treatment for crush injuries is both time-consuming and costly. Crush injuries can inflict great emotional trauma in addition to intense physical trauma. In fact, some crush injuries are so severe that amputation is needed to save the life of the patient.
Victims of crush injuries may file a lawsuit to recover damages for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Cosmetic surgery to repair the damage
- The cost of prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, and related items
- Rehabilitative care, including physical therapy
- Mental health services
- Long-term care
- Lost earnings and earning capacity
- Punitive damages, should the guilty be found to have acted with gross negligence
Workplace Accident Lawyers
Crush injury victims in Texas have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit to recover damages, and varies in other states. Victims whose crush injuries later result in an amputation still only have two years from the date of the original incident to file a lawsuit in Texas. If you have questions or need help, contact Craft Law Firm today.