Semitruck accidents can happen anywhere, from rural areas to on the highway. Most people understand that these collisions can be devastating, because the impact of such a heavy vehicle can severely damage a smaller vehicle.
One of the complications that people involved in semitruck accidents may suffer from is a crushing injury. A crushing injury happens when force or pressure is put on part of the body. Depending on the amount of pressure, there is the potential for bones to break, the lungs to burst or other serious injuries to occur.
Crushing injuries are emergencies that require specialized care
Crushing injuries are serious because of the extreme damage that they can produce. Some of the damage related to crushing injuries include:
- Compartment syndrome
- Nerve injuries
- Smashed fingers
- Secondary infection
Crush injuries can lead to systemic muscle cell damage. This causes the release of toxins, which, if not addressed immediately upon taking pressure off the crushed body part, could lead to symptoms such as hyperkalemia, acidosis, hypocalcemia and metabolic abnormalities. Local tissue injury and organ dysfunction may also occur. In worst-case scenarios, there is a risk of death from renal failure, cardiovascular instability or other related illnesses.
If you have suffered a crush injury and were saved, you may still have a long recovery ahead of you. It is important to reach out to your attorney to discuss the severity of your injuries and to take steps to seek compensation from the driver or their employer for the injuries that they caused to you or your passengers.