Crush injuries can happen in a number of ways and they have the potential to be very serious. A crush injury occurs when a part of the body is caught between two things and there is not enough space to accommodate it.
For example on a building site someone might be backed up against a wall with a truck coming towards them. If the person in the truck does not realise someone is there, the individual could be crushed between the wall and the truck.
Crush injuries can also occur in a fall. The individual involved could hit the ground or land on something else such as a vehicle. In either case the speed of the fall could result in the individual suffering crush injuries to one or more parts of their body.
How serious can crush injuries be?
Some people have lost their lives in accidents like this, not just on building sites but in a variety of other situations as well. However, since we are focusing on building sites here, it is fair to say while some have died, others have survived their accident. The main question then is how the accident occurred. Was someone else to blame?
If negligence is proven, the injured person could win building site crush injury compensation. This will be worked out according to the severity of the accident and how badly injured the person was. In some cases they may not be able to recover fully from their injuries. Some people have had to retire early or claim sickness benefit as a result of what happened. Needless to say, some have had financial problems as well.
Could you claim building site crush injury compensation?
This may be a possibility if you have been the victim of a crush injury of any kind. It doesn’t matter whether you suffered a crush injury to one or more fingers, or whether your torso was involved. The severity will be taken into account when calculating compensation if you are successful in your claim.
Contact the team working at Accident Advice Helpline if you wish to get more information about this possibility. Our number is free to call on 0800 689 0500. It won’t cost a penny to make a claim either – any fee is taken from compensation if you win, but you won’t be charged if you are unsuccessful.
Date Published: September 14, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead