Crush injuries can be particularly serious, especially as it is not always possible to tell the extent of the injuries with the naked eye. Sometimes there can be no break to the skin, and yet internal damage can be significant.
Crush injuries tend to occur in one of two ways. Firstly, someone may fall from a height and the landing will cause a number of crush injuries to occur. Secondly, they may be crushed by something falling onto them or by something hitting them with force and at speed. A typical example would be if someone was hit by a car.
Treating crush injuries in the proper manner
Since crush injuries can be very serious, it is best to give only first aid to ensure no further damage is done. For example, if an accident has occurred that fits into the examples given above, urgent medical attention will be required. Call an ambulance and ensure the person is not moved, unless there is some other more immediate danger to their health.
Sometimes, treating crush injuries will entail treating a smaller injury. For instance, if you shut your finger in a car door it is likely to be crushed. The bone may end up being broken and you may also suffer some degree of bleeding. Broken fingers and toes don’t necessarily need any medical attention; however, if you think someone else was responsible it is best to get it checked by your GP and possibly x-rayed as well. This will help support any claim you wish to make to ensure you have a chance of winning compensation.
What should you do next?
While recovering from injuries like this, you may start to think about how they were caused. Do you have a chance to make a claim for some compensation? The best way to get an answer is to discuss your situation with an expert at Accident Advice Helpline. If you do this, you can get a much clearer idea of whether you could make a claim.
If so, it may be done on a no win, no fee* basis. This means there is nothing for you to pay unless your claim is a success. Our team will talk you through the process so you know what to expect. Call us on 0800 689 0500 and learn how our no-obligation advice could lead to a successful outcome.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Crush injury claim