Each year, over 120,000 workers will suffer from crush injuries which occur when the body is caught or trapped between two objects or entangled in machinery. These hazards are sometimes referred to as “pinch points.” The physical force exerted on the body when trapped in a pinch point can vary, resulting in injuries that range from scraping and bruising to mangled limbs, amputated body parts, and death.
Crush injuries are among the most serious injuries experienced by Kansas workers. Employees injured in a pinch point can pursue compensation for their medical expenses, missed time from work, physical therapy, permanent disability, and more through Kansas’ workers’ compensation system.
Common Causes of Crush Injuries
There are a number of causes of crush injuries on the job site, including:
- Being hit by a falling object, such as a piece of equipment or machinery
- Being pinned down or stuck between two objects, such as a building and a piece of equipment or a motor vehicle
- The collapse of a structure on top of the employee
- Limbs stuck in machinery
- Being run over by equipment or machinery
- Equipment tipping over, trapping the employee
- Defects in equipment or machinery
The potential for crush injuries exists in most workplaces, but they happen with regularity in the manufacturing and construction fields.
Injuries that Result from Being Crushed
When an employee’s body is crushed between two objects, the muscle cells start to die almost instantly. There are three mechanisms within the body that cause the cells to die. The disruption of the cells experienced when a part of the body is crushed is referred to as lysis. The continued pressure exerted on the muscle cells causes them to become ischemic, during which period they generate lactic acid and begin to leak. Vascular compromise refers to the lack of blood flow that often results from compression of vessels experienced during a crush injury.
Crush injury victims may sustain the following injuries:
- Damage to muscles
- Damage to skin tissue
- Damage to nerves
- Severing of limbs
- Compartment syndrome
- Amputation of limbs
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
Crush injuries often lead to severe disability and have a high probability of complications, such as swelling, infection, blood clots, phantom pain, heart problems, and the need for further amputation. The extent of the injury will depend on the unique circumstances, including the part of the body involved and the time spent being stuck between two objects.
A Kansas workers’ compensation attorney will help you to obtain coverage for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability, and more. Even if the accident was partially your fault, you can receive compensation for expenses stemming from your workplace accident.
Contact Kansas City Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
Crush injuries in the workplace are among the most severe and more difficult to obtain adequate workers’ compensation coverage due to the serious and sometimes long-term injuries that result. If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied or if you are confused as to the workers’ compensation claim process, Michael R. Lawless, P.C. can help. The Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Michael R. Lawless of Michael R. Lawless, PA, devotes his practice to helping injured clients obtain the benefits they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with Michael R. Lawless, contact our office today by calling locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.