You face many risks as a New York City construction worker. Some of these risks—such as back and spine injuries—may be well known to you. However, other risks—such as compartment syndrome—may be unknown to you until you are diagnosed.
Compartment Syndrome Is a Serious Risk for Construction Workers
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, acute compartment syndrome is a medical emergency that is usually caused by a severe injury. This condition impacts one of the “compartments” in the arms or legs. The compartments are groups of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels that are covered by the fascia. The fascia is unable to stretch easily. If swelling occurs within the compartment, then a dangerous amount of pressure can build up due to the fascia’s inability to expand. The pressure can be painful, interfere with blood flow, and can result in tissue death or amputation.
Construction Injuries That May Cause Compartment Syndrome
Not all injured construction workers will develop compartment syndrome. However, construction workers who suffer broken bones, bruised muscles, or crush injuries should promptly report any pain or discomfort to their doctors so that compartment syndrome can be considered, diagnosed, and treated, if appropriate. The only known treatment for compartment syndrome is surgery to relieve the pressure. Without this surgery, serious and permanent injuries can result.
Call an NYC Construction Injury Lawyer If You Suffer Compartment Syndrome
You deserve to make a fair recovery for the injury that you suffered. Your recovery may include compensation for your medical costs and lost income. It may also include disability benefits, and, if your injury was caused by the negligence of a third party, then it could also include compensation for pain and suffering.
Contact us online or call our office directly at 800.362.9329 to schedule your first free consultation with an experienced New York City construction injury lawyer so that you can get the information that you need to make informed decisions about your future.