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Crush Injury Compensation Claim

Introduction to Crush Injuries
  About Crush Injury Compensation Claims
Types of Accidents which can result in Crush Injuries
  Common Accidents which lead to a Crush Injury
Types of Crush Injuries
  Damage caused by Crush Injury
News Stories we have published about Crush Injuries
  Crush Injury Compensation Claims we have dealt with
Crush Injury Compensation Claim Advice
  How to start a Crush Injury Compensation Claim

Introduction to Crush Injuries

About Crush Injury Compensation Claims

If a body part or a person's whole body is crushed in an accident the range and severity of the injuries can vary tremendously.

Even injuries which initially seem to be minor such as a finger caught in a door could result in an amputation depending on the severity of the injury caused.

If you or someone you know has suffered a crush injury to due someone else's negligence you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  For more information about how Thompsons Solicitors can help you, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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Types of Accidents which can result in Crush Injuries

Common Accidents which lead to a Crush Injury

There are many different types of accident which can cause crush injuries.  Some of the most common are listed below:

Crowds
Fingers Trapped in Doors

Fork Lift Trucks
Heavy Objects Falling
Livestock
Machinery
Road Accidents

Crowds

Badly managed events can result in crowds of people causing crush injuries to one another whilst trying to exit or leave an event for example or reach another part of an enclosed space.

Fingers Trapped in Doors

Door frames are renowned for causing crush injuries to fingers particularly if they are heavy solid doors or doors which are not fitted with slowing mechanisms or finger guards.  Those most at risk are children who may not be aware of the dangers of a door frame; therefore particular care should be taken to make sure that doors in nurseries and schools are fitted with safety devices to try and prevent injuries of this nature.

Fork Lift Trucks

Fork Lift Trucks (FLT's) are very dangerous pieces of equipment and can cause very serious and sometimes fatal injuries through crushing people.  The injured person could be a worker in an area close to the fork lift truck, the person operating the fork lift truck or a member of the public.  The fork lift truck could either pin the person up against another object such as a wall or topple over onto a person crushing them.  Fork lifts can run over and crush the feet of people using gangways where there is insufficient separation between pedestrians and vehicles or where doorways lead directly into the work space without barriers being positioned to afford protection. Fork lift trucks can collide with goods or equipment such as lockers or racks causing them to topple and in turn crush people nearby.

Heavy Objects Falling

Crush injuries are commonplace when someone has a heavy object fall onto them.  This could be something from a fairly low height such as a person dropping a heavy object onto their foot or could be an object from a height such as a load being dropped from a crane for example.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can protect workers to some degree from this type of injury such as steel toe capped boots.

Livestock

Victims of attack by livestock often suffer terrible crush injuries due to the sheer size and weight of the animals involved.

Machinery

Machinery in the workplace can cause terrible crush injuries mainly to the fingers or hands of workers who are operating the machines or trying to free blockages.  Machines without guards are a big risk as are those which are not maintained properly or had been modified unprofessionally.  Workers operating machinery should always have been provided with thorough training.

Road Accidents

Road Accidents frequently cause crush injuries to those involved whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or other road users.  Crush injuries can occur when a driver or passenger becomes trapped inside their own car as the metal body of the car is pushed inwards due to a collision.  Crush injuries frequently affect motorcyclists who have their legs trapped between their motorcycle and another vehicle when a collision occurs.  Crush injuries can also affect pedestrians who become trapped between a vehicle and another object such as a wall.

If you or someone you know has suffered a crush injury due to someone else's negligence you may be able to make a compensation claim.  To find out if Thompsons can help you with an accident compensation claim, call us on 08000 224 224.

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Types of Crush Injuries

Damage caused by Crush Injury

A crush injury can cause both internal and external injuries.  Victims of crush injuries commonly suffer from:

Compartment Syndrome - Compartment Syndrome can develop as the result of a crush injury.  Compartment Syndrome is caused when the nerves and blood vessels are compressed within an enclosed space. This leads to problems with blood flow and can cause muscle and nerve damage.  Equally, crush injuries to the chest stomach or abdomen can cause a traumatic hernia where the intestines are forced through the stomach wall and these can require painful surgery to repair.

Fatalities - Unfortunately due to the severity of some crush injuries, the victims do not survive.

Fractured Bones - Bones fractured by a crush injury tend not to be only broken but smashed into many different pieces.  This type of fracture is called a Comminuted Fracture.  Broken bones can lead to more serious internal injuries if they penetrate organs inside the body or damage major blood vessels or nerves.  Compound fractures can occur when a crush injury causes a bone to fracture and the jagged end of the bone is forced through the skin. This type of fracture then poses a serious risk of the wound becoming infected. The bone itself can be severely crushed and achieving bony reunion can be a long and arduous process. Bone necrosis (death of the bone) may then lead to a need to consider excision of the bone or fusion surgery.

Head and Brain Injury - A crush injury could result in brain damage which can lead to problems with all aspects of life such as memory and speech as well as physical ability and a risk of epilepsy.

Lacerations - Lacerations result in bleeding and the risk of scarring and infection.

Paralysis - If the spine or spinal cord is crushed the victim could be left partially or fully paralysed as a result.  Paralysis can also be caused by a brain injury.

If you or someone you know has suffered a crush injury you may be able to make a claim for damages.  For more information about how Thompsons Solicitors can help you, complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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News Stories we have published about Crush Injuries

Crush Injury Compensation Claims we have dealt with

In the past we have published many news stories on our site about crush injury compensation claims we have dealt with.  To read a selection of these follow the links below or to read all of our news stories, visit our News Desk.

20th August 2013 - Negligent employer brought to account by GMB

29th April 2013 - Union member compensated for finger crush injury

26th April 2013 - Family of 19 year old crush victim urge employers to make health & safety a priority

11th April 2013 - Unite legal services supports member in compensation claim for damaged finger

4th March 2013 - PCS member compensated after fracturing wrist in workplace accident

7th December 2012 - Man crushed by runaway mini receives compensation

5th December 2012 - Unite Legal Services help member receive compensation for crushed legs

22nd October 2012 - Family speak out after paper mill fined by HSE following Unite member’s death

9th October 2012 - Welder compensated after faulty crane leads to steel beam crushing his foot

25th September 2012 - Dead Miner’s family compensated after roof collapse

7th September 2012 - College lecturer compensated after fingers damaged by faulty window

22nd August 2012 - Cape employee compensated after safety flaws cause accident

10th August 2012 - Council pays damages after a Binman loses leg in lorry accident

31st July 2012 - Family compensated after engineer’s death caused by unsafe work practices

24th July 2012 - Factory worker compensated after leg crushed by forklift truck

16th July 2012 - Union condemns insurer for underhand £1,700 offer to crush victim in case which settles for £122,000

6th June 2012 - Injured apprentice brickie receives £250,000 compensation after crush injury

23rd May 2012 - Disabled holiday maker crushed by wheelchair lift on narrow boat receives compensation

24th April 2012 - Scaffolder left permanently disabled after being trapped by poles

29th March 2012 - Young man left with crushed legs by drunk driver receives compensation

23rd January 2012 - Britvic factory worker compensated after suffering from crushed hand

16th August 2011 - Compensation for driver with crushed foot

17th June 2011 - Family of man crushed to death receives damages

16th June 2011 - Forge worker crushed by red hot two tonne pole receives compensation

14th April 2011 - Family speak out after firm fined for causing worker’s death

11th April 2011 - Compensation for firefighter’s crushed foot

1st February 2011 - Pedestrian scarred for life when crushed by car

21st January 2011 - £300,000 for factory worker’s arm / hand crushed by machine

7th December 2010 - Compensation for nursery officer crushed by falling metal door

24th November 2010 - Tragic death in machine after health and safety failures

27th September 2010 - Beer delivery man wins compensation for crushed finger

2nd August 2010 - GMB wins compensation for Grimsby lorry driver who suffered crushed thumb

25th June 2010 - East Midlands worker seriously injured at haulage firm receives compensation

9th June 2010 - Bakery worker receives compensation after workplace accident

24th May 2010 - Factory worker compensated after crush injury

11th February 2010 - Biffa pleads guilty to health and safety charges

4th January 2010 - 110,000 for GMB member injured by forklift truck

26th October 2009 - 350,000 for drayman in horrific accident

24th September 2009 - Crush victim’s solicitors welcome court decision

11th August 2009 - Van driver freed by firefighters

24th July 2009 - Woman's leg crushed in workplace accident

2nd June 2009 - Payout for man whose hand was crushed

22nd May 2009 - Injured dad couldn't hold his baby

13th May 2009 - Crush injury caused by crane

12th December 2008 - Wheelchair user awarded compensation after being crushed at a concert

3rd October 2008 - £335,000 compensation for family of Gloucestershire man crushed to death at work

9th July 2008 - The GMB and Thompsons Solicitors have secured damages of more than £130,000 for a Cumbrian factory worker who was injured whilst operating a machine

24th September 2007 - Electrician wins damages of £237,000 following accident at Heathrow Airport

6th November 2006 - Amicus secures £100,000 compensation for Lincoln member whose finger was amputated following horrific accident at work

18th August 2006 - Nissan to pay £60,000 compensation to man who lost his toe in accident at work

If you or someone you know has suffered a crush injury you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.  To find out how Thompsons Solicitors could help you, call us on 08000 224 224.

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Crush Injury Compensation Claim Advice

How to start a Crush Injury Compensation Claim

If you or anyone you know has suffered a crush injury as the result of an accident which was someone else's fault, telephone us now for accurate personal injury compensation claim advice.

There are strict time limits in place to make any personal injury compensation claim. For further information, contact us or visit our Questions Answered page.

Thompsons Solicitors are experts in all personal injury claims and we will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid compensation claim. Our specialist personal injury solicitors / lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process of making a compensation claim in plain English and will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Telephone us now on 08000 224 224 or complete one of our online personal injury compensation claim forms.

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