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Representing Clients Suffering From Compartment Syndrome After a Car Crash

It’s normal to have pain and swelling after experiencing physical trauma or broken bones due to an accident or automobile crash. But when the swelling is accompanied by acute pain, you may be experiencing a serious condition called compartment syndrome.

Compartment syndrome often results from sports injuries or motor vehicle crashes. Pedestrian accidents, bicycle crashes, motorcycle collisions, and accidents involving big rig trucks can all result in compartment syndrome.

Patients suffering from compartment syndrome usually require immediate surgery followed by a period of rest to overcome their injuries. In these cases, medical costs and time lost from work can be very expensive. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, Bottlinger Law L.L.C. can help you recover the costs of your injuries. Give us a call today at (402) 505-8234 to learn more.

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What Causes Compartment Syndrome?

Muscles, nerves, and blood vessels are protected by fascia, which are thick webs of connective tissue that form protective compartments. When there is swelling in a compartment after an injury, the fascia doesn’t expand, and his can cause a serious condition known as acute compartment syndrome. If acute compartment syndrome is not treated quickly, it can result in severe pain, loss of muscle function, and even death.

Compartment syndrome usually develops within a few hours after an injury. Severe physical trauma, crush injuries, or an overly constricting bandage can all result in compartment syndrome. About three quarters of the time when compartment syndrome occurs, the patient is suffering from some type of bone fracture. This is most likely to occur in the legs, hands, or feet.

Symptoms of compartment syndrome may include:

  • Extreme pain
  • Reduced pulse
  • Decreased sensation
  • Bulges in muscles
  • Pale skin around the injury
  • A “pins and needles” sensation
  • Numbness
  • Swelling
  • Tightness
  • Difficulty moving

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Diagnosis and Treatment

It’s essential for doctors to diagnose acute compartment syndrome and begin treatment as quickly as possible to prevent serious long-term complications. Doctors may use imaging technology such as X-rays or an MRI to diagnose acute compartment syndrome. A handheld device that attaches to a needle may also be used to measure the level of pressure.

In most cases, a surgical procedure called a fasciectomy is performed to relieve pressure by cutting into the skin and fascia. Usually, the wound is closed a few days later, and skin grafting might be required to restore the surgical site.

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Speak to an Omaha Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you shouldn’t be left paying the bills. Your Omaha personal injury lawyer can investigate the accident and file a claim to help you get compensation to cover the cost of your injuries and other expenses caused by the accident.

Give us a call at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. to schedule a FREE consultation today at (402) 505-8234. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you don’t pay us anything unless we get you compensation. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we’re on your side.

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