There are many types of serious on-the-job injuries. One particularly serious injury is what is known as a crush injury. Crush injuries can occur in a variety of ways, and are exactly what they sound like – injuries that occur when a body part is crushed or smashed. Aninjured worker may receive a crush injury if a piece of equipment rolls over his foot or if her arm gets caught between machinery parts. These can be serious and debilitating injuries for Connecticut workers and may have long-term and painful consequences.
One potential major consequence of a crush injury is called complex regional pain syndrome. This condition leads to chronic pain that is often more severe than a person’s initial injury. The syndrome may develop when a person has experienced forceful trauma, often to his or her leg or arm.
Additionally, other minor injuries, such as a sprained ankle or major trauma, such as a heart attack, surgery or infection, can also result in complex regional pain syndrome. One type of complex regional pain syndrome occurs after a person has suffered a distinct nerve injury. Another type, known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, occurs when a person has suffered an injury or illness that does not directly damage an affected limb’s nerves.
It is important to note that what may at first appear to be a relatively simple, though painful injury, such as a crush injury, can have significant health repercussions. A worker may require rehabilitation and extensive medical care to recover. He or she may be in pain for a long time with complex regional pain syndrome. Medical bills may be extensive, and a worker may require an extended period of leave to recuperate.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers who are physically unable to work and provide invaluable financial assistance during this period. Following a work injury, an injured worker and their loved ones should understand what benefits are available to them and what steps are necessary to take so they can obtain these benefits.
Source: mayoclinic.org, “Diseases and Conditions: Complex regional pain syndrome: Causes,” accessed May 13, 2016