Machine Crushing Injuries
Machine crushing injuries can occur when a part of the body is subject to a tremendous force. This most often occurs on the job, and more than 125, 000 workers receive a crush injury each year in the United States. These injuries vary in their intensity and severity, but many lead to long term damage or even amputation of the body part.
Most crush injuries involve the fingers, feet, toes and hands, and it is more likely to receive a crush injury when using equipment with moving parts, such as conveyors. In companies that use machinery like this, employers must ensure that all equipment is well maintained and safe to operate. Workers must also be properly trained on the cleaning, operation and maintenance of equipment.
In addition to crushing injuries due to machinery, crushing injuries may also occur when body parts get caught under debris, between powered doors, or in other heavy equipment, such as forklifts.
The Effects of a Crushing Injury
Typically, machine crushing injuries cause significant trauma to the body and damage the bones, organs, nerves, soft tissue and blood vessels. Most people see significant bleeding, bruising and fractures with crush injuries, and there can be psychological effects, as well. It can take a very long time for a crush injury to heal, as there is usually so much damage to the nerves, as well as any soft tissue or organ damage that might occur. Loss of sensation in the affected limb is possible, and in extreme cases, paralysis of the extremity occurs. If there is extensive damage or cell death, an amputation is the only way to prevent serious consequences.
Protect Your Rights:
The advice of a good lawyer can help you determine your best possible options when recovering from machine crushing injuries and making sure your rights and best interests are protected. The machine crushing injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Garcia and Ochoa can help answer all of those questions. We recognize that everyone is an individual and that not every case is the same. We start by listening and for 28 years, our firm has been helping people across the country obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.