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What should you know about crush injuries?

When motorists in Florida like you get involved in crashes, you could also end up dealing with terrible injuries. Crush injuries are one potential example, and these can create a lot of pain and trauma for you in the long run.

Medline Plus takes a look at crush injuries, including the extent to which they can impact you physically. Crush injuries occur when you get trapped between two or more hard surfaces. In the case of a car crash, this typically means being stuck between two vehicles, or between a vehicle and the road. However, crush injuries can occur in many different situations.

Crush injuries can cause a lot of damage to the body, as well. This may include issues like:

  • Hemorrhaging
  • Bruising
  • Gashes or lacerations
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Nerve damage

Of course, there is also the risk of secondary infection. This can occur when lacerations and other wounds end up being exposed to bacteria on whatever item you are being crushed with. Gangrene, blood-borne pathogens and even sepsis can occur.

Depending on how long a victim is trapped in the crushed position, they may also risk potential cell death due to a lack of properly circulating oxygen. For example, if your leg is pinned and not getting enough blood, cell death may begin to occur. This can lead to tissues becoming necrotic. In extreme cases, this sort of issue has led to the necessity of the amputation of limbs. With all of this combined, it is easy to see just how dangerous crush injuries can be and what an impact they can have.