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What Is Crush Syndrome?

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Car accidents can be the cause of a wide variety of severe injuries, some of which may, unfortunately, be even life-threatening if help isn’t seen fast enough. From back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken limbs, and coma there are various ways a motor vehicle accident can leave the victim disabled. Crush syndrome is one of the injuries that can affect the victim for the rest of their lives.

What Are The Symptoms of Crush Syndrome?

Crush syndrome refers to the systematic breakdown of muscle cells as they release their contents in the circulation system. This negatively impacts internal organs and can cause various problems ranging from:

  • Acute renal failure
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Arrhythmias
  • Hypovolemic shock
  • Sepsis

There are three criteria that characterize the cause of crush syndrome:

  • prolonged compression of any kind (1-6 hours)
  • involvement of muscle mass
  • compromised local circulation

What Are The Causes of Crush Syndrome?

Although crush injuries are normally associated with human-induced disasters such as:

  • Bombings of buildings
  • Natural disasters that cause buildings to collapse
  • Motor vehicle accidents

Crush syndrome occurs in victims who experience a part of their body being compressed by heavy force for an extended period of time causing the blood circulation to stop. Any situation with prolonged immobility and pressure on a particular body part that compromises blood circulation can result in crush syndrome.

Are There Any Treatments For Crush Syndrome?

This syndrome affects the body’s internal organs, causing complications such as:

  • Renal failure
  • Cardiovascular instability
  • Skin injury and swelling
  • Paralysis
  • Hypothermia

At first, the person may seem unharmed and have no signs or symptoms of crush present. If the victim is conscious after their traumatic accident, they may complain of pain in the extremities. However, if the victim is not given treatment immediately, the injury may cause rapid deterioration. Failure to diagnose the condition can cause serious complications such as the development of a condition called hyperkalemia, which refers to the elevated levels of potassium in the blood that can cause:

  • Arrhythmias
  • Weakness
  • Muscle Fatigue
  • Paralysis
  • Nausea

In crush patients, an ECG must be performed as soon as possible. The most critical therapy for a patient suffering from crush syndrome is aggressive fluid resuscitation to restore circulating fluid volume in the limbs and body

Contact A California Car Accident Lawyer For A Free Consultation

If you or someone close to you has sustained severe injuries in a car accident, seek legal advice from a personal injury lawyer at Krasney Law. at (909) 380-7200 for a free consultation. We will help you recover compensation for your injuries and losses.