Virginia crush injury attorneys
Helping Virginia crush injury victims
A crush injury is horrific. Those who suffer from such severe wounds are often left with lifelong disabilities that impact their ability to work, drive, and enjoy their favorite activities. Such a devastating injury costs a fortune to treat, and few families have the money needed sitting in their bank accounts. Thankfully, if your crush injury was caused by someone else, you have legal options for getting compensation.
First, you will need the help of an experienced Virginia crush injury lawyer. We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys have the legal knowledge and experience you need to get the money you deserve. We are your local neighbors, and we understand how tough it can be to make ends meet, especially after a severe injury. That’s why we are dedicated to helping people get full compensation after an accident. Call us at (804) 413-6777 to find out your best options.
What is a crush injury?
Your body can withstand only so much force. When enough pressure is applied, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments begin to break. When the limbs, the head, or the torso are put under extreme pressure between two objects, the result is called a crush injury. Often, the damage from a crush injury is irreversible, and extreme measures must be taken to heal the body.
How do crush injuries happen?
A crush injury can be caused by many different scenarios. The common denominator is that part of the body is put under extreme pressure between two objects, or an object and the ground.
Auto accidents are the most common cause of crush injuries, due to how many collisions occur. For example, more than 128,000 car accidents happened in Virginia alone in a recent year, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Of those, 65,700 collisions caused serious injuries. A handful of those were crush injuries.
Other types of accidents that lead to crush injuries include:
- Motorcycle crashes
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Dog attacks
- Boating accidents
Pedestrians, motorcycle drivers, and bike riders are at higher risk for crush injuries. That’s because cars, SUVs, and pickups provide protection to their occupants with steel frames, airbags, and seatbelts. Those on foot or on a bike don’t have as much (if any) protection. So, when they are hit, they can easily be pinned between the road and the vehicle, causing crush damage. More than 1,500 pedestrians in Virginia were injured in auto collisions in a recent year, and crush injuries were a risk to each of them.
What are the results of a crush injury?
When a limb is crushed, the bone inside can shatter, leaving little chance for a full recovery. The broken bone (called a comminuted fracture) can cause further damage even after the pressure from the objects is relieved. The shards of bone are sharp, and any movement of a crushed limb can cause the shards to cut into nearby muscles and tendons.
Considering the trauma caused by a crush injury, the best treatment is often the removal of the damaged body part – surgical amputation. Once a bone has been shattered and the surrounding area lacerated, little can be done to heal the wound. If the body part is allowed to stay, the victim is left in severe pain. While no one wants to lose part of their body, sometimes that’s the only option. Having a limb amputated can then leave you unable to work in your current job, unable to walk without help from crutches or a wheelchair, and unable to live independently.
While thousands of people live full lives following the loss of a limb, the transition takes time and can cause emotional trauma. On top of that, the financial costs of not being able to work – as well as the medical costs of treatment – can leave you in deep debt. That’s why, if your injuries were caused by someone else, you should seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim.
What can I receive in a crush injury claim?
When you suffer injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the legal right to file a claim against that person or company. When you do, you ask that the responsible party to pay for the costs of your injury. After all, you should not have to pay for an accident that wasn’t your fault.
You can ask for payment for your:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Therapy costs
- Lost wages
- Loss of job opportunities
- Lowered quality of life
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
A crush injury will likely leave you disabled, affecting you for the rest of your life. You can seek a settlement to match your damages if someone else caused your injuries. But getting a fair settlement requires help.
GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys is here to help
We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys take our calling to serve our neighbors seriously. That’s why we offer a Zero Fee Guarantee – you don’t pay us anything unless we get you that money. You can also meet with us to learn more for free, with no obligation.
To speak to a Virginia personal injury attorney, call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777. We have worked with countless clients just like you, and we have gotten them the compensation they needed to weather the storm of a serious accident and come out on the other side.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.