While any type of vehicle accident can result in serious to severe injuries, accidents involving tractor-trailers and other types of commercial trucks are historically more catastrophic. This is because of the size and weight of the truck, compared to the size and weight of the other vehicle involved in the accident. Victims of truck accidents can be with devastating injuries, often suffering permanent damage or death. One of the most common types of injuries suffered in truck accidents is crush injuries.
What Is a Crush Injury?
Crush injuries occur when an individual is stuck between two objects and there is excessive force being applied to an area of the body or the entire body. While they can occur in any type of accident, they are most frequently seen in truck accidents.
Crush injuries can happen anywhere on the body, but the majority of crush injuries tend to occur on the victim’s arms, hands, legs, and feet. Symptoms that a victim has suffered a crush injury include the following:
- Broken bones
- Compartment syndrome
- Healing and Complications
- Nerve damage
- Open wounds
Tragically, a victim may not even realize how serious their injuries are or that they have suffered a crush injury until it is too late. In order to successfully treat a crush injury and prevent any medical complications, victims need to obtain medical treatment immediately.
One of the most serious complications that victims suffer from these types of injuries is crush syndrome. This condition can develop when the part of the body that was injured was crushed for a significant amount of time. This causes fluids in the area to build up because the muscles and other soft tissue in the area are being destroyed by the crushing. When the object is lifted or the victim is finally freed from where they are trapped, these toxic fluids suddenly rush through the victim’s body and can cause the victim’s death. In many crush syndrome cases, when the area of the body being crushed is a limb, amputation of the limb becomes necessary.
Contact a Virginia Truck Accident Attorney
Being in a truck accident can be an overwhelming experience. Not only are you still trying to heal from the physical trauma and pain, but you are also likely experiencing some emotional strain and financial stress from the accident.
If you have been injured in any type of truck accident, contact Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn before you talk to the insurance company. Truck accident cases can be complex, and it is not uncommon for there to be multiple at-fault parties who are responsible for the payment of financial damages you may be entitled to for your injuries. Call our office today to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our dedicated Virginia truck accident attorneys. Our personal injury firm has successfully represented many injured victims and their families and we are happy to meet with you and offer legal guidance on what the best options may be for your circumstances.
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