If you receive a crush injury in a Georgia car crash or as the result of an on-the-job accident, its effects could be long-lasting or even disable you for life. The Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine explain that crush injuries result when some part of your body comes under excessive pressure such as when a heavy object falls on it or it becomes squeezed between two unforgiving hard surfaces.

A crush injury can produce any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Bone fractures
  • Numbness
  • Extensive bruising

Crush injury complications

The real danger of receiving a crush injury, however, comes from the complications such an injury can cause, including the following:

  • Raging and serious infections
  • Necrosis wherein your affected tissues actually die
  • Compartment Syndrome wherein your affected muscles likewise die
  • Rhabdomyolysis wherein toxins from your dead muscles invade your bloodstream

In addition to these serious consequences, if you sustain a crush injury to your neck or back, you could have to spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair because of partial or virtually total paralysis. If your crush injury occurs to one of your hands, arms, legs or feet, part of your limb may need to be amputated. Given all of the possible catastrophic effects of a crush injury, it goes without saying that you need to obtain immediate emergency medical attention whenever you sustain one. The longer you wait, the more devastating your injury could be.

While you should not interpret this educational information as legal advice, it can help you understand crush injuries and why they are so dangerous.