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How can a crush injury impact you?

On Behalf of | May 12, 2021 | Firm News

You face many work hazards while on the job. This is true no matter where you work. Every job will have its own set of potential risks, though some industries naturally come with higher and stronger risk rates than others. 

But a crush injury could potentially happen at any job that involves heavy items that sometimes get moved around. How can a crush injury impact you? 

What affects the severity?

Medline Plus takes a look at the impact of crush injuries. Crush injuries occur when part of your body ends up crushed beneath a very heavy object. The object itself can vary in size and weight. Likewise, the part of body that gets crushed can range from a single toe all the way up to an entire limb or even the majority of your body. 

Needless to say, with such a range, the damage that results from crush injuries can also differ a lot from case to case. But one thing that stays the same is the fact that it almost always causes traumatic injury and potentially irreversible damage. 

What happens after a crush injury?

For example, crush injuries to the feet are relatively common as far as crush injuries in general go. This often leads to amputation of the toes or even part of the foot due to how quickly necrosis and gangrene can set in. The bones in the toes and feet are often so tiny that surgeons struggle to repair them if they end up smashed beyond recognition, too. 

This can easily take a worker out of commission for months or even years. In some cases, they may not be able to return to their former job at all. This is why victims who suffer from crush injuries of many sorts choose to seek compensation for their damages.