Attorney Esequiel Solorio is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law as certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Workers’ comp and long-term impacts of workplace crush injuries

On Behalf of | May 31, 2024 | Workplace Injuries

Crush injuries in the workplace can have severe and long-lasting impacts. These injuries occur when a body part gets caught between two heavy objects. This leads to significant trauma. Understanding the long-term effects and how workers’ comp can help is crucial for affected workers.

Immediate and long-term effects

Crush injuries often result in immediate damage, such as broken bones, severe bruising, and muscle damage. But the long-term effects can be even more debilitating. Compartment syndrome, a condition where pressure builds up in the muscles, can lead to permanent damage if not treated promptly. Nerve damage and reduced mobility are also common, affecting the injured worker’s ability to perform daily tasks and return to work.

Psychological impact

It’s important to recognize the psychological impact of crush injuries. These can include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. They may need comprehensive treatment and support.

Rehabilitation and recovery

Long-term recovery from crush injuries often involves extensive rehabilitation. Physical therapy can help restore mobility and strength. Occupational therapy assists workers in adapting to new limitations. Prosthetics and other assistive devices may also be necessary for those with severe injuries.

Financial support through workers’ comp

Workers’ compensation provides crucial financial support for medical treatment, rehabilitation, and lost wages. It can help cover the cost of surgeries, physical therapy, and psychological counseling.

Managing the long-term impacts of workplace crush injuries often requires long-term care. Workers’ compensation plays a vital role in providing the necessary support for injured workers, helping them on the path to recovery.