Crush injuries are often severe, very painful injuries that result when a significant amount of force or pressure is pushed down on the body. A small area of someone’s body may be affected in a crush injury, or in severe cases, it could be their entire body. For example, this may happen in a serious car accident. According to the Virginia Mason Medical Center, severe crush injuries can increase the chances of certain complications from developing by up to 50 percent. These serious complications include bone fractures that don’t heal, amputations, and infections.
Mount Sinai reports that crush injuries can also be related to:
- Secondary infection
- Smashed fingers
- Broken bones
- Nerve injury
- Open wounds, such as lacerations
- Compartment syndrome
Mount Sinai also advises that anyone who sustains a crush injury to seek medical care immediately. While waiting for help to arrive, it is important to cover the area with a bandage or wet cloth and attempt to stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure. If it’s possible to lift the injured body part above heart level, be sure to do so, and don’t move injured areas if there is a possibility of spinal, head, or neck injury.
Because crush injuries are often severe injuries, they usually need to be addressed in a hospital’s emergency room. Additionally, depending on the extent of the injuries, surgery may be needed. Because of all that is involved in treating crush injuries and due to their severity, some victims succumb to their injuries and do not survive. Others have a long road of recovery ahead and may not be able to work in the meantime while they heal. This can make it difficult to take care of medical expenses that have accumulated due to the accident, in addition to other bills and expenses.
Depending on the cause of your accident and crush injury, you may already be working with a personal injury lawyer if the negligence of another is to blame. Waiting for the settlement to finalize and for money to come in can be a stressful time period. If you or a loved one was a victim of a crush injury and currently pursuing monetary compensation through a lawsuit, you may still be waiting for your settlement money to come in. Contact USClaims today to learn how you may be able to get money sooner through pre-settlement funding if your case qualifies.