The mere mention of crush injuries always brings to mind severe injuries that could have a major effect on how a person lives their life from that moment on. Crush injuries in the workplace are actually more common than you may think. However with that said it should be noted they are rare when compared to the overall number of people who go to work in various areas every day.
A proportion of the accidents that are dealt with by companies including Accident Advice Helpline deal with cases such as this. The circumstances may be different in each case but there are instances where crush injuries in the workplace can lead to compensation claims being paid out by those who suffered the injuries.
What parts of the body can be affected by such injuries?
Any part of the body could be affected. It all depends on the accident that happens. For example someone might get their fingers caught in a door. In another case someone might be severely hurt when a heavy load falls on top of them. This kind of incident could potentially lead to severe head injuries or crush injuries to the person’s torso.
If there is evidence that negligence led to the injuries occurring, the injured person has a chance to claim compensation. The amount claimed will depend on the injuries suffered and the effect they have on the individual’s life. For example, brain injuries that leave the person needing 24/7 care for life will result in a greater payout than if someone broke their fingers when they were crushed in a door.
Minimising the chances of such accidents happening
Most people will be familiar with risk assessments. By conducting these in the workplace any hazards that could potentially lead to crush injuries occurring will be seen, identified and resolved. This will vastly reduce the odds of something happening that could change a person’s life – and not for the better.
Reaching out to someone for advice on a no-obligation basis makes good sense when you have gone through an experience like this. If you contact us within three years of suffering your injuries Accident Advice Helpline could help you discover whether a no win, no fee claim is a possible outcome for you.
There’s a 30-second online test you can take, or alternatively you can call 0800 689 0500 to learn more.
Date Published: June 27, 2015
Author: Rob Steen