Crush Injuries in a Car Accident
Of all the injuries that can occur in a car accident, crushing injuries are some of the more severe. They are defined as any injury in which the body was crushed between two objects. This can include heavy objects within the car, but it can also include items outside of the vehicle, such as if the victim is thrown from the car and crushed between a wall and the vehicle.
Common Injuries Experienced in a Crushing Incident
While almost any part of the body can be crushed between two objects, the injuries sustained tend to be the same. They can include:
- Open wounds,
- Nerve damage,
- Compartment syndrome (swelling in the soft tissues in an enclosed area of the body),
- Secondary infection, and
- Traumatic brain injury.
Like all car crash injuries, crushing injuries may be severe. However, most crushing injuries impact the extremities, such as the arms, legs, hands, and feet. As a result, the injury may initially seem less severe. It is usually only with a full examination (or time) that a victim realizes just how severe the injury really is. For this reason, it is highly recommended that car crash victims have their injuries examined by a qualified healthcare professional, immediately after the accident.
Healing from a Crush Injury
Healing from a crush injury can take a lot longer than victims realize. Generally, there is because there is damage to the body’s soft tissue. Deep wounds are also common in crushing situations; they, too, can take a long time to heal. As a result, the victim may be unable to work or perform their daily duties, perhaps for an extended period of time. Medical bills also tend to be higher for crushing injury victims. In such situations, additional compensation may be owed.
Obtaining Full and Fair Compensation - Contact Our Green Bay Car Crash Lawyers
Car crash victims are often at a disadvantage when pursuing compensation for their losses. Plagued by pain, financial stressors, and perhaps even cognitive issues from an injury to the brain, their lives become a whirlwind of doctor’s visits and physical therapy.
To make matters worse, insurance companies will usually try to settle the case quickly. Handling the case in this manner allows them to reduce their overall payout, as the victim is often quick to accept the payout because of their difficult financial situation. However, the victim may be entitled to further compensation. A seasoned personal injury lawyer can help.
Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. offers seasoned and aggressive assistance for your car crash injury case. Schedule a free consultation with our Appleton auto accident lawyers to learn more. Call 920-739-7366 today.