When your body is subjected to tremendous force, usually between two extremely heavy objects, the injuries you sustain are known as crush injuries. Any part of your body can be crushed, from your toes to your entire body. Although it may sound minor, even a crushed toe can cause permanent damage. Crush injuries are common among industries that use heavy equipment or large materials. They are also common in plants or other industries that use conveyors or large machines to perform their duties.
Our crushing injury attorneys say that your employer is required to provide you with a safe work environment. Your employer must provide you with tools and equipment that protect you from crush injuries. All machinery must have proper guards and warnings if there is the potential for crush injuries. If property safety equipment is not provided or machinery not protected properly, your employer could face fines and other penalties from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
A crush injury occurs when one of your body parts, or your entire body, is compressed by large machinery, between two heavy objects or inside machinery. You may suffer a crush injury if you often carry heavy loads and drop one, catching one of your body parts underneath. You could also suffer a crush injury if your hand or foot gets caught inside heavy machinery.
These types of injuries can be extremely serious, according to our crushing injury attorneys. They often involve large sections of the body and can cause significant damage to bone tissue, organs and blood vessels. Significant bruising, bleeding and bone fractures can occur. In addition, you may suffer extreme psychological damage after such an injury and your treatment may require long-term, extensive care and therapy. It is important to note that you are eligible for workers compensation for any injury that occurs in the workplace, even if you are partially or completely at fault for the injury. Your employer may not fire you for filing a claim either.
If you or a loved one suffered a crush injury, contact the crush injury attorneys at Lundy Law to learn what rights you may have. Hiring an attorney does not mean you plan to sue your employer as workers compensation laws do not allow you to do so in most cases. Instead, our attorneys will fight for you and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.