ABRAMS LANDAU client’s crush injury leads to compartment syndrome

Our Virginia law firm was contacted by a woman from Woodstock whose foot was run over by a truck. The crush injuries were severe and painful.  However, when she got to the emergency room, she developed what is known as “compartment syndrome.”  Compartment syndrome is the compression of nerves and blood vessels within an enclosed space. This leads to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow.

The hallmark symptom of compartment syndrome is severe pain that does not go away when you take pain medicine or raise the affected area. In more advanced cases, symptoms may include:

* Decreased sensation
* Paleness of skin
* Weakness

For more information on this painful condition. Because of the compartment syndrome, the emergency room doctors had to make incisions in the top of her foot in order to relieve the pressure in the limb and prevent further tissue destruction caused when blood vessels are choked off due to intracellular pressure and swelling.  This ABRAMS LANDAU client will have permanent scarring on the dorsum on her foot as well as permanent orthopedic deficits (range of motion, strength, sensation, pain).  Currently under a Workers Compensation Award for wage loss and medical benefits, this client’s treating doctor has given her a substantial permanent partial disability (“PPD”) rating as the result of the compartment syndrome and crush injuries.  Her negligence case against the Culpeper Virginia trucking company is pending in the Circuit Court in Woodstock, Virginia. If you, or someone you know, has sustained a crush injury as the result of an accident, please e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU (703-796-9555).

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