A crush injury occurs when a hand, limb or other body part is crushed by heavy equipment, machines, vehicles, or other similar situations. These types of injuries can be serious and may result in loss of the use of a limb, amputation, disfigurement, and other similar conditions.
Some common situations where a crush injury can occur include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Injuries resulting from objects falling from above onto a person
- Work-related injuries, especially those involving machinery
- Contact with conveyor belts, rotating parts, and other moving parts of an object
Who can be Held Liable for Crush Injuries?
Various parties can be held liable for crush injuries, depending on the situation. For instance, in cases where a person suffered a crush injury from a falling object, the owner or maintainer of the premises sometimes can be held liable if they failed to keep the area in a safe condition.
In other cases, an employer can be held liable for a work accident involving a crush injury. An example of this is where an employer fails to provide safety gear for employers working with heavy machinery.
Lastly, some crush injuries can result from a mechanical failure or other similar failure with equipment. In such cases, the manufacturer of the product can be held liable to users of the equipment under a defect product theory of law.
What are the Legal Remedies for Crush Injuries?
Crush injury claims can be complex and may require legal action to resolve the different issued involved in the situation. In such cases, the remedy will typically include a monetary damages award. The damages can often cover costs like hospital bills, costs of surgeries and other medical treatments, medication costs, lost work wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
In some cases, a class action lawsuit can be filed if many persons suffer the same types of crush injuries resulting from similar causes.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Crush Injury Lawsuit?
Injury laws can be complex. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a lawsuit. Your attorney can explain your legal options to you and can provide you with representation during court proceedings.