Crush injuries can range from relatively minor to fatal, but even those which initially seem minor can actually be incredibly debilitating. The bones of the foot, for example, are extremely delicate and any object falling on them can cause life-long disability.
Professions in which crush injuries are common
Some workers are more likely to sustain a crush injury than others. Anyone working in a factory, warehouse, or building site, for example, is more vulnerable to the dangers presented by falling objects and heavy machinery. People in any profession can trap their finger in a door, just as anyone can be crushed in a road traffic accident. In certain situations, even livestock and crowds can cause serious crush injuries, which makes farmers, police officers, and anyone else who has to deal with these situations on a regular basis, particularly vulnerable.
Accidents and negligence
In many situations, injuries will simply happen. If a police officer controlling a crowd is crushed by that crowd, for example, it is unlikely that anything could have prevented his injury. Similarly, if you drop an iron onto your own foot in your home, it is unlikely that the manufacturer of that iron is to blame. There are, however, many situations in which the accident could have been prevented. Factory, warehouse, and building site workers should all have protective footwear on that prevents injury to the delicate bones of their feet. In any situation where heavy machinery is in use, workers should be properly trained in the use of that machinery. Dangers should always be properly signalled, and procedures should be put in place to deal with potential hazards.
If you have been involved in an accident which resulted in a crush injury you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Personal injury compensation exists to help victims of negligence deal with their injury in terms of time off work, medical care, and expenses incurred by their disability. If you’d like to know more about this legal provision, contact our trained advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be able to discuss your particular situation in detail and give you a good idea of whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. For an even quicker guide, complete our 30-second test online. Claims conducted by the Accident Advice Helpline are done on a no win, no fee* basis, and can usually be done over the telephone. You’re under no obligation to make a claim if you’d simply like more information.