Crush Injuries & Compartment Syndrome
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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. Generally, crushing injuries that occur at work cause significant trauma to bones, nerves, organs, blood vessels, and soft tissues, often occurring in jobs that handle heavy materials, like construction.
Crush injuries can lead to other serious medical consequences:
- Psychological trauma
- Compartment syndrome: when blood & muscles cells suffer severe pressure and die
- Paralysis of the crushed limb
- Amputation to prevent gangrene or death
Causes of Crushing Injuries
When machinery with moving parts 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 to prevent crushing injury. They must be provided equipment and tools that reduce the danger of crushing injuries, and must be adequately trained in their proper use.
Crushing injuries in the workplace usually involve:
- Parts of moving machinery
- Powered doors
- Heavy loads being dropped
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious crushing injury in the workplace, the Houston personal injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP can help you claim compensation you may be due from those responsible. For a free consultation with an experienced attorney at our firm, call us toll-free (888) 493-1629 or contact us online.