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Crushing Injuries

When the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig exploded and quickly began to tilt to one side, it brought unsecured equipment tumbling with it. Any crewmember unfortunate enough to be in the path of this equipment would be in danger of receiving a crushing injury.

Medically speaking, crushing injuries are caused by prolonged compression of the body between two objects. This can also be the case if a person has equipment fall and pin them to the floor.

While every injury is different, depending on the circumstances, most result in one or more of the following:

• Bone Fractures
• Loss of muscle function
• Neurological damage leading to numbness, paralysis, or constant pain
• Kidney and renal failure, which can occur days after the initial injury
• Cardiac arrest resulting from calcium and potassium buildup in the bloodstream from crushed bones and muscles
Common symptoms of a crushing injury include:
• Bruised or broken skin
• Swelling
• Paralysis
• Numbness and tingling in the affected area
• Pain
• Lack of a pulse in the effected area
• Dark urine

If you suffered physical injury or trauma due to the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the maritime injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP can help. Contact a maritime lawyer online at Arnold & Itkin LLP or call our maritime law office toll free at 888-498-8212. We will provide a candid evaluation of your claim and discuss your concerns, all as part of a free consultation.

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