Brooklyn Crush Injury Lawyers
Construction Accident Attorneys in Brooklyn Helping Crush Injury Victims Protect Their Rights
Victims can suffer a crush injury whenever a heavy object lands on the body and is not removed quickly. Crush injuries are sometimes seen when vehicles run over a person and stop on them, or when buildings collapse and workers are trapped underneath the rubble.
Crush injuries are very serious, and many people can end up losing a limb or suffering potentially fatal complications. Even relatively minor crush injuries warrant swift medical attention so that problems do not spiral out of control.
If you were crushed in an accident, please contact our law firm to review your case. Our Brooklyn construction accident lawyer can determine whether you qualify for compensation.
Complications from Crush Injuries
As many people can imagine, fractures are a leading complication from crush injuries. The pressure exerted on a limb can be too much for the bone to bear, causing it to crack or shatter.
The force exerted on the crushed body part can also damage soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Sometimes doctors cannot salvage a limb, which leads to amputation. Other limbs might be saved but be permanently injured and deformed.
Crush injuries can also lead to something called compartment syndrome. This refers to swelling in one part of the body that cuts off the blood supply to adjoining parts. Compartment syndrome, if left untreated, can result in tissue death and amputation.
Broken bones and amputations are not the only negative consequences of a crush injury. Some victims develop a fatal condition called rhabdomyolysis. This refers to problems that develop when injured muscles begin to break down and release proteins into the bloodstream.
Quickly, a person’s kidneys can become overwhelmed by the protein myoglobin. A victim can develop kidney failure and/or toxic shock. Blood pressure can crater, and immediate medical intervention is necessary to save a victim’s life.
Ironically, one of the most effective treatments for rhabdomyolysis involves amputating the crushed limb. Any amputation, however, carries the possibility of intense emotional distress.
Construction Accidents that can Cause Crush Injuries
In our experience, many crush injuries happen on the job. A person can have an arm or leg pinned in heavy machinery, or heavy objects can land on a person and trap them in place. Construction is one industry where we see many crush injuries.
A construction worker can also suffer a crush injury when a motor vehicle runs over them or scaffolding collapses. They can also be pinned to the ground when heavy materials slip off scaffolding or forklifts.
Contact Our Brooklyn Construction Accident Attorneys for Assistance
If you suffered a crush injury due to the negligence of another person or entity, you might be entitled to compensation. Crush injuries cause exorbitant medical bills and can permanently change a person’s life, especially when they lead to amputation.
Reach out to Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman. Our law firm can help document your injuries and identify the correct party to blame for the incident. We can then negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries. Contact us today by calling 212-285-3300 to schedule a free consultation.