What is a Catastrophic Crush Injury?

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Understanding what a crush injury is and how it occurs is often misunderstood. Crush injuries may occur if a victim was literally crushed by a vehicle, rubble, etc. In general, being physically crushed between two objects. Alternatively, a crush injury can occur from a fall or an otherwise severe injury in which the crush occurred from the impact itself.

Common Types of Catastrophic Crush Injuries

  • Skull fractures
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Severe tissue, ligament, joint or muscle injury
  • Bone fractures
  • Amputations / Severing Limbs

Crush injuries can have lasting, painful effects

Immediate medical attention is warranted in nearly 100% of crush injury events. Categorized as a catastrophic injury for good reason, crush injuries are typically accompanied by severe, painful and often life-threatening ramifications. In the moments, days and months following a crush injury – it can be difficult for the victims to think of anything else but the long path to recovery.

Recovering from a Catastrophic Crush Injury

As an injury attorney I have had clients that suffered from a catastrophic crush injury that simply didn’t realize how long the road to recovery would actually be. After a a crush accident victim is initially ‘out of the woods’ so to speak, it can be easy to justify or accept what happened – You may even take blame for the accident or you may not understand your rights to compensation as a result of the crush injury.

In most cases, recovery from a crush injury doesn’t end with a clean bill of health. While a victim may visit the doctor or therapist less frequently, the pain and proverbial impact of a crush injury can and will last a lifetime.

A crush injury can result in long term affects that can adversely impact a person’s life ongoing.

  • Bone Damage
  • Muscle damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Long term care
  • Therapy
  • Lifelong medications
  • Lost wages
  • Quality of life

A victim’s life may never be the same again, or it may take a very long time before they can return to a ‘new normal’. For many, the very nature of a crush injury is life altering, never enabling a return to the way things were before the accident.

It is imperative to seek legal advice immediately following a crush injury.  Speak to an attorney who specializes in catastrophic injuries.

As your Ohio catastrophic injury lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
 
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.
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What is a Catastrophic Crush Injury?
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A catastrophic crush injury can leave a victim broken in body and spirit. The long road to recovery is difficult for both the victim and their family. Some crush injuries never heal resulting in life-long physical and emotional impairment. Crush injury victims are entitled to fair compensation as a result - particularly if the injury was caused by the negligence of others. It is vital to contact an experienced catastrophic injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure you and your family justly compensated
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