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What should you know about workplace crush injuries?

Many Michigan workers are aware of injuries such as burns and cuts. However, some workplace accidents may include crush injuries. The effects of these wounds can be different from those resulting from other kinds of accidents. You may wish to know more about these injuries in order to be prepared in the event that you incur one at work.

Crush injuries are usually unpredictable. MDGuidelines.com says that these traumas can be caused by falls, industrial accidents and equipment entrapments. Although critical wounds are not common, they sometimes have far-reaching effects. Ligaments and soft tissue can be harmed, and body tissues may die if they are deprived of blood and oxygen for too long. Many parts of your body may be hurt by one incident; it is not uncommon to receive wounds to both your pelvis and legs.

Many crush injuries received at work are not likely to result in long-lasting consequences. However, if you have been severely injured, you may find yourself facing life-threatening complications. In extreme cases, kidney failure or blood clots may develop as a result of other complications. If blood pressure within the blood vessels is lower than the pressure on the surrounding tissues, you may develop compartment syndrome, which is frequently experienced by victims.

After receiving a crush injury, you usually must go through rehabilitation therapy. This typically helps tissues and muscles regain their strength and full use. The length of time required for rehabilitation depends on the severity of the injury. If you experience many complications, you might require more extensive therapy. A return to the workplace generally depends on how badly you were injured. If you were seriously harmed, you may find that you need special accommodations to do your job, while in some cases you may experience disabilities that keep you from returning to work.

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