A maritime crush injury can occur when any part of the human is subjected to a significant amount of pressure or force. In most scenarios, it is because the body has become pinned between two heavy objects, such as cargo or equipment that has fallen or moved. Unfortunately, these scenarios can be all too common while working in the towboat industry and can leave the poor unfortunate victim suffering from life-threatening and sometimes fatal injuries.
One of the worst dangers associated with a crush injury is the muscle cell death. This is caused by cell disruption, the overwhelming pressure on the cells and the resulting vascular compromise. These injuries work together to cause the muscle to release toxins into the body which can not only affect the direct area of the injury but also organs located away from the crush injury itself.
Some symptoms on the lookout for following a maritime crush injury includes:
• Direct injury to the skin;
• Swelling around the area;
• The inability to move an arm or leg;
• Numbness of the limbs;
• Pulsating or tingling; and
• Dark red or brown urine
Any time you suspect you have suffered a crush injury or even suffered from the similar compartment syndrome (CS), it is important to obtain the assistance of a knowledgeable Jones Act attorney who will be able to assess your situation and determine the best course of action. At the Dysart Law Firm, P.C., we recognize the importance of acting quickly to preserve evidence to achieve the best outcome for your legal case.
We understand the need for compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages and the emotional damages such as anxiety and depression. You can rest assured knowing that should you choose to seek legal assistance from my firm, you will be represented by someone that truly has your best interests at heart. We know what is on the line and we are prepared to do everything possible to help you. Do not hesitate to contact my firm today to learn more about what can be done to protect you.