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Industrial worker injuries: crush injuries explained

A workplace injury is something no one in Nebraska thinks they will be involved in. But, a workplace injury can happen to anyone. Some workplace injuries are catastrophic, like a crushed limb.

Crush injuries often occur on a construction site, factory or warehouse location. They happen when a person's limbs or other body parts are crushed by a machine or piece of equipment. Examples can include a forklift that hits a worker and crushes their leg or a factory worker who gets their hand caught in a machine and it is crushed. Often a crush injury causes a permanent disability on the limb that was crushed or can even lead to an amputation.

Workers who suffer a crush injury often have many medical needs that require long-term care. They may not be able to return to work which can easily lead to financial hardships for their family. An attorney can help their clients navigate the workers' compensation system and help them pursue the compensation they need. Workers' compensation can help pay for medical bills, lost wages and permanent disability. In addition to workers' compensation, workers may also be able to hold a third-party responsible for their injury, such as the equipment manufacturer that produced the equipment that hurt them.

A workplace injury that has a worker suffering severe injuries, such as a crush injury, can affect their entire family. Workers' compensation is there to help an injured worker get back on their feet, while holding a third-party responsible for their negligence may result in compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: medlineplus.gov, "Crush injury", accessed on Sept. 18, 2017

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