Crushing injuries occur when a part of the body is wedged between two objects. The longer the body is crushed, the greater the risk of a debilitating and life-changing injury. If you have been involved in a Los Angeles accident and suffered a crushing injury, it’s important to get help. You may be entitled to compensation from the person who caused your accident. The money you recover can help to pay for medical bills, make up for lost wages, and compensate for the emotional trauma of your accident.
At Citywide Law Group, our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to getting you the money you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case and help you understand your rights. With our help, you can maximize the financial award you receive.
Accidents That Can Cause Crushing Injuries
Any accident can potentially cause a crushing injury. All that is required is for you (or part of your body) to be pressed together by two objects. Crushing injuries are commonly reported following:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and truck accidents, can be quite violent. It’s not uncommon for passengers to become pinned between their vehicle and the roadway. Pedestrians may even become crushed between vehicles.
Construction workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in Los Angeles. Workers are at risk of being crushed by falling equipment, unstable structures, and job site collapses.
Each year, more than 300 workers suffer fatal crushing injuries while on the job. Thousands more sustain injuries that can affect their ability to work and support their families. Crushing injuries can happen when workers are caught in or under machinery, navigating underground excavation sites, or caught in a collapsing building.
Elevators aren’t always safe. One of the most commonly reported elevator accident injuries is crushing. Specifically, victims get their hands, fingers, or arms stuck between the elevator doors. The pressure causes extensive damage.
Nursing Home Accidents
Elderly nursing home residents can become severely injured when objects fall from above. This can happen when nursing homes are not properly maintained. Nursing home residents may not have the strength to get up once they have been struck by an object. The pressure of the object on their bodies can potentially cause life-threatening damage.
Consequences of a Crushing Injury
Your body can become seriously damaged when you suffer a crushing injury. When your body is wedged between two objects and placed under excessive pressure, you may experience:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage, and
- Loss of blood flow and oxygen to part of the body.
How serious will the extent of a crush injury be? That will depend on:
- How long you remain crushed between objects, and
- The amount of pressure placed on the body.
A single crushing blow can cause extensive damage that can require amputation and have life-changing consequences. However, generally speaking, crushing injuries become worse the longer you remain stuck under the pressure of an object. When you are crushed for an extended period of time you may be at risk of suffering from compartment syndrome or crush syndrome.
Our muscles and tissue require a constant flow of blood and oxygen. When you suffer a crushing injury for an extended period of time, blood and oxygen may have a difficult time getting into your tissue. This happens because the compartments through which blood travels become compressed. As a result, the tissue will begin to deteriorate and die. This is known as compartment syndrome.
Compartment syndrome can be devastating to an accident victim. In serious cases, the affected part of the body may need to be amputated. Failure to amputate could aggravate the condition and cause the body to experience life-threatening stress.
Crushing injuries can also cause your body to go into shock. This is known as crush syndrome. When your muscles and tissue deteriorate, certain byproducts will enter the bloodstream. When the affected blood reaches your organs, including your kidney, the body may not know how to process it properly. As a result, your body will begin to shut down. This can cause death if not treated immediately.
Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney to Handle Your Crushing Injury Lawsuit
Did someone else cause the accident in which you suffered a crushing injury? If so, you have the right to demand compensation from that person. However, it can be difficult to navigate a personal injury case while you’re trying to recover from extensive injuries. Hiring an attorney to handle your case can make your life a lot less complicated.
Your lawyer will handle all aspects of your case and aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. You’ll be able to focus on getting better and taking care of yourself. The more time you have to focus on yourself, the better your chances of a quick recovery.
Here’s what you can expect when you hire our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys to handle your crushing injury case. We will:
Protect You From Insurance Companies. Insurance companies want to minimize the amount of money you get after an accident. They’ll do whatever they can to minimize your payout. This includes relying on underhanded and manipulative tactics. Hiring our attorneys will level the playing field and force insurers to be honest.
Value Your Case Properly. How much is your personal injury case worth? How can you calculate hard-to-value injuries? Our attorneys work with experts to assess the full extent of your injuries. We’ll determine your actual costs today and project how your injury may affect you in the future. We’ll demand compensation in an amount that actually covers all of your costs.
Determine Cause and Liability. In California, more than one person can be responsible for an accident. You’re entitled to seek compensation from anyone who contributed to your injury. Our attorneys will investigate your accident and determine every cause. This will allow us to identify anyone who can be named as a defendant in your lawsuit.
Minimize Shared Fault. Anyone who causes an accident can be on the hook for damages. This includes accident victims themselves. If you share fault for your accident it’s important to hire an attorney. Others involved will try to shift as much of the blame to you as possible. This will reduce your ability to recover compensation and make you responsible for a larger percentage of other victims’ damages. Our attorneys will do everything we can to minimize the amount of fault you are assigned. The less fault you share, the more money you can recover.
Speak to our Los Angeles Crushing Injury Attorneys
Crushing injuries can change your life forever. You may be forced to deal with chronic pain for the rest of your life. You may even lose the function of a limb. In serious cases, you may have to have a damaged limb amputated altogether. This can significantly affect your ability to work and support your family. If someone else caused your crushing injury, you can demand that they compensate you for the harm you have suffered. Hiring an attorney will increase the chances of maximizing your recovery.
Our personal injury attorneys have been helping accident victims in Los Angeles since 2010. We understand how important a financial award can be as you struggle to recover from your injury. We will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf and will not rest until you have received a reasonable settlement offer. If you’re unhappy with negotiations, we will not hesitate to take your case to court. Call us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.