Crush injuries occur when a body part is caught between two heavy objects. With this kind of injury, the affected body part is compressed, causing soft tissue or bone damage. Crush injuries can occur when a person’s hand is caught in a machine or when they are crushed by falling debris. Crush injuries often happen in warehouses when heavy objects fall. They can also occur when workers operate heavy machinery.
Effects of Crush Injury Syndrome
Crush injuries can be debilitating, the nerves that are compressed by force can become permanently damaged. Internal swelling can cause chronic pain and require the use of mobility devices. Crush injuries can cause ongoing symptoms such as:
- Chronic pain
- Weakness in the affected limb
- Permanent paralysis
In some cases, damage is so severe that doctors may elect to amputate the affected limb.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, nearly 20 percent of all on-the-job injuries occur in the construction industry. The “Fatal Four” fatalities account for the overwhelming majority of worker deaths. They include falls, electrocution, crush injuries and falling object injuries. These injuries are not specific to the construction injury, and can happen in almost any workplace.
Recovering from Crush Injuries in Atlanta
Recovery from crush injuries can be slow. If there has been permanent nerve damage, patients may have to undergo intense physical therapy in order to regain their mobility.
During the course of your treatment, you will have to undergo a battery of tests, x-rays and exams. You may have to depend on mobility devices. All of these costs can add up quickly.
Worker’s Compensation Benefits for Crush Injuries
If you have been injured on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is the first step in receiving benefits, but can be overwhelming and confusing. An on-the-job injury is a serious matter. Hiring an attorney for your workers’ compensation claim will enable you to navigate through the maze of regulations related to your case, and will provide you with an expert and advocate who will fight for your rights.
With over 80 years of combined workers’ comp law experience, you can rely on our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney at Hasner Law to protect your rights. Call Hasner Law today for a free consultation.