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Crush injuries in car wrecks can be minor, severe or fatal

Getting into a car accident can lead to several possible outcomes. One of those is that you won't be hurt at all. Another is that you will suffer from injuries. The final one is that you will be killed in the accident. Crush injuries are one type of injury that might interest our Texas readers because the effects of this type of accident can range from mild bruising up to death.

A crush injury occurs when a person is squeezed between two objects. In a car accident, the force of the crash can cause significant damage to the vehicle. The occupants in the vehicle might become crushed by the car or between the vehicles.

When a victim is crushed in a car accident, there are several things to remember. One of these is that if there are suspected head, spine or neck injuries, the person shouldn't be moved. If the person must be moved, the spine, neck or head has to be immobilized. Controlling bleeding is another consideration. Contacting emergency services immediately is necessary if there is a crush injury.

Some crush injuries can be as minor as a smashed finger. Some might cause external bruising or lacerations. There are several injuries that might not be visible to the naked eye. The victim could have a nerve injury, a fracture or compartment syndrome. All of these conditions require medical care.

Anyone who has a crush injury from a car accident likely has a lengthy recovery to face. That can come with costly medical care. The option of seeking compensation is one that should be explored by anyone who has been crushed in a car accident.

Source: PubMed Health, "Crush Injury" accessed Jan. 29, 2015

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