Crush syndrome can occur in catastrophic vehicle crashes

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2020 | Car Accidents

Most Staten Island residents know that motor vehicle accidents can result in a large variety of serious injuries. Common examples include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage and compound fractures. Another lesser-known consequence associated with a vehicle accident is crush syndrome. That involves the rapid disintegration of muscle tissue that occurs when a body part or an appendage is crushed and caught beneath a heavy item.

Crush syndrome caused by motor vehicle accidents is not particularly common, but it can and does happen. If not treated quickly and correctly, crush injuries can lead to devastating consequences. Some of the conditions resulting from a crush injury include the following:

  • Permanent disability
  • Amputation
  • Dangerously decreased blood flow
  • Acute renal failure
  • Irreversible cell damage
  • Death
  • Compartment syndrome, which is a severe condition that may arise after treatment

The key to ameliorating the effects of crush syndrome is fast treatment. Unfortunately, in vehicle crashes, fast treatment is not always possible. If the victim can be extracted and immediately treated, cell damage may be avoided or reversed. However, entrapment for longer than six hours typically results in irreversible cell damage.

As you might imagine, crush injuries require a massive amount of medical attention. Victims may have to stay in the hospital for some time. When released, they will likely have to endure ongoing treatment until they have recovered from their injuries as thoroughly as possible. The costs of receiving proper treatment can soar in to the hundreds of thousands of dollars, which most New Yorkers cannot afford.

Seeking financial compensation from auto insurance companies can help. If the crash happened due to another driver’s negligence, the victim may also pursue compensation through a lawsuit. In both scenarios, an attorney with experience can play a vital role in helping injured victims obtain this compensation.