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What happens when a worker is crushed?

Construction workers are at a higher risk than many other workers of suffering from serious injuries. Road construction workers face the risk of being crushed by vehicles. Construction workers who are working on building structures face the risk of being crushed by heavy machinery or falling items.

There are several things that you should know about crush injuries so that you are prepared to act if one occurs to you or while you are around. If one has already impacted your life and you suffered damages, you might choose to seek compensation either through workers' compensation or a third-party claim.

Why are crush injuries so serious?

Crush injuries can impact the brain if the head is crushed. They can impact the lungs, intestines and heart if the abdomen is crushed. All crushing injuries, even if the crush is located on a limb or digit, can lead to broken bones and damage to the muscles and nerves.

What is the recovery like after a crushing injury?

The recovery after a crushing injury can be very lengthy. You may have to undergo medical procedures. You might be in pain, which can hopefully be controlled. You may need to work at physical therapy, occupational therapy and similar therapy options. You might have to be off of work for the entire process or at least most of it.

You shouldn't have to deal with the financial impact of this injury. Seeking compensation through either workers' compensation or a third-party claim can help you to get the replacement wages that might help you to get bills paid, even though the wage replacement is partial. This can also help you to get the medical care you need.

Source: MedlinePlus, "Crush injury," accessed April 18, 2017

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