Long Beach Crush Injury Attorneys
Crush injuries are damage to the body as a result of being crushed by an object. Compression of the extremities or other body parts can lead to muscle swelling and/or neurological disturbances in the affected areas. The body parts most commonly affected by crush injuries are the lower extremities, the upper extremities, and the trunk.
Crush injuries can have serious consequences for victims. Attorney Joseph H. Low IV has expertise in handling crush injury cases. He is a seasoned Long Beach personal injury lawyer with a successful track record for his clients. Get in touch with our firm to find out how we can help if you or your loved one has suffered crush injuries because of someone else’s negligence.
Many different types of accidents can potentially cause crush injuries. Common causes are:
- Car accidents: Collisions between two or more vehicles can be violent. Crush injuries can occur in car accidents when body parts are pressed between objects or under a heavy object in a crash.
- Truck accidents: A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 pounds or more. When a big rig collides with a much smaller passenger vehicle, it can cause a range of serious injuries, including crush injuries.
- Motorcycle crashes: Motorcycles are less stable than four-wheeled passenger vehicles and prone to fall over in a crash. When a heavy bike falls on a rider, it can cause crush injuries to body parts.
- Bicycle accidents: Cyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries when struck by a motor vehicle. Exposed legs and feet can be fractured or crushed when hit by a 4,000 pound car.
- Pedestrian accidents: When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle and knocked down, crush injuries can occur when the car rolls over a body part.
- Construction accidents: Workers on construction sites have a higher risk of crush injuries from falling materials or equipment and collapsing structures or trenches. They can also suffer crush injuries when caught in machinery, or between an object and a machine.
When a body part is crushed in an accident, it can cause a variety of serious injuries, including:
- Crush syndrome: When muscles and tissue break down because of crush injuries, by products can enter the bloodstream, causing shock, kidney failure, organ damage, and potentially death.
- Compartment syndrome: Muscle swelling caused by crush injuries can cause the compartments through which blood travels to become compressed. Tissue can become oxygen deprived, deteriorate, and die. Compartment syndrome can be life-threatening and lead to amputation of a limb.
- Spinal cord injuries: Severe damage to the spinal cord can lead to paralysis below the level of the injury, leaving victims with lifelong paraplegia or tetraplegia.
When an accident caused by negligence results in crush injuries, the responsible party may be held liable for damages. Potentially liable parties may include an employer who failed to meet safety standards, a property owner who allowed a dangerous condition to exist on the premises, or a driver who caused a serious crash through negligence. Our Long Beach crush injury lawyer can investigate your accident to determine fault and liability.
If you have suffered crush injuries in a Long Beach accident that was someone else’s fault, you may have a claim for compensation. Damages you may be entitled to claim may include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning potential, pain and suffering, and other losses. Contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV at (562) 901-0840 or toll-free at (888) 454-5569. We can assess the full extent of your damages.