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What is the long-term effect of a crush injury?

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2021 | Workplace Injuries |

There are a variety of events that can result in someone suffering a crush injury on the job. A load may become loose from a crane, crashing atop someone as it falls. A forklift operator may back up, not realizing anyone was behind them and end up pinning them against a wall.

These are just some examples of crush injuries that can compress a person’s limbs, which can leave them with life-altering medical problems even if they survive the accident.

What parts of the body do crush injuries most often affect?

Data compiled by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) captures how 74% of crush injuries damage an individual’s lower limbs. Another 10% affects a person’s upper limbs. At least 9% of these incidents involve someone’s torso. 

Crush injuries often cause more damage than what meets the eye

Many individuals mistakenly think that crush injuries only affect the portion of a person’s body that ends up crushed. That’s not the case, though. Many crash injury victims suffer kidney failure and hypotension. 

Crush injuries can destroy muscle tissue, resulting in the release of toxins and electrolytes into a person’s bloodstream causing surrounding body tissue to die off. The muscles may also begin producing an overabundance of potassium, calcium and lactic acid that may travel into a person’s bloodstream, causing them to develop a metabolic disorder or resulting in cardiac arrest or arrhythmia. 

What factors dictate the long-term effects of a crush injury

A crush injury victim’s recovery or survival rate is mainly contingent upon how quickly someone extracts them from being pinned and what type of treatment they receive immediately following that extraction. 

Crush injury victims who receive intravenous fluids before their release may have less chance of suffering vascular failure and preserving their affected limbs than those who don’t. 

Your prognosis as a crush injury victim likely hinges on the quality of care that you receive following your on-the-job accident. A Covington attorney can help you recover the maximum compensation that Louisiana law allows so that you can get the best care possible and the benefits you deserve.