Pinned / Crushed-Between Injuries

What should you do if you are crushed between two objects and your injury is causing lasting pain and disability?

What is a crushing injury?

A crush injury occurs when force or pressure is put on a body part. When compressed between two hard surfaces, bones, soft tissue, and nerves can get seriously damaged. This type of injury most often happens when part of the body is squeezed between two heavy objects. This can happen as a result of a car accident, heavy objects falling, or heavy machinery running over a foot, hand, or other body parts. This type of injury can cause serious damage. Unfortunately, these accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and death. Safety measures exist for all job sites and for heavy machinery itself, but accidents still happen and can completely alter the quality of your life. Every year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers suffer crush injuries caused by getting pinned between two objects or entangled with machinery. Crush injuries are listed as “Caught in/Compressed by” among the top 10 causes of disabling injuries and can often result in an amputation.  If an extremity is involved in a crushing accident, it can often result in amputation. An amputation is a severe injury that can affect the quality of the rest of your life.

How Do You Pursue Compensation for Crush Injuries?

You may have a potential claim against a party that caused your crushing injuries. Crush injuries are challenging because they often lead to permanent disabilities. Workers can suffer crushing injuries caused by getting pinned between two objects or entangled on equipment on the job. These workers may be worried about being able to work, getting compensation for time lost, and in some cases for causing their total and permanent disability. Caught-in/between accidents are a leading cause of construction worker deaths every year. A car accident can also cause serious crushing injuries to virtually any part of the body. Internal swelling after a crushing injury that occurred during a car accident can cause chronic pain and require the use of mobility devices.

Common injury associated with Crushing

  1. Bleeding.
  2. Bruising.
  3. Compartment syndrome (increased pressure in an arm or leg that causes serious muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and tissue damage)
  4. Fracture (broken bone)
  5. Laceration (open wound)
  6. Nerve injury.
  7. Infection (caused by bacteria that enter the body through the wound)

Frequently Asked Questions About Pinned / Crushed-Between Injuries

You can make a claim or sue if your severed finger or limb can be reattached AND there is another party that is liable for your damages.  Having a finger or limb detach from your body is exceptionally painful.  A jury is likely to award you a sum of money if you can prove another …
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You can make a claim for amputation and crush injuries due to a car accident.  These cases are worth significant sums because you will now have a harder life on account of the injury.  Pain and suffering as well as difficulty completing activities of daily living or making a living become more difficult which means …
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You have one year from the date of the injury to file a personal injury Complaint for a crushing or pinch point injury.  If you wait too long the claim will be barred by the statute of limitations.  A personal injury lawyer is the type of lawyer you need to pursue a crushing or pinch …
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If you are partially at fault for the accident in Kentucky a jury is entitled to attribute fault to each party.  This means you may be entitled to a recovery/compensation if you are not 100% at fault.  I have handled numerous cases where there is a liability dispute.  Both sides point fingers and make arguments.  …
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If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident involving working with heavy chains, heavy pipes, and overhead equipment seek legal representation.  Your personal injury lawyer will want as much information as possible.  To prosecute a case like this there must be damages.  This included medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future income, …
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If you are injured in a personal injury accident involving unsecure materials that fall, slide, and collapse take photos of the injury scene.  Get the medical help you need.  And hire a personal injury attorney to investigate and prosecute the case.  Figuring out who owns the materials and if they were defective is important.  A …
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