Construction sites are dangerous places, not just for the workers but those in proximity to the sites. In many areas, construction sites are located in isolated areas far from nonessential pedestrian traffic. That’s not the case here in New York City, however.
Some of the largest construction projects in the city take place adjacent to city streets and sidewalks with pedestrian and vehicular traffic day and night. That’s why it is so necessary that those operating multi-ton vehicles in the vicinity of drivers and pedestrians follow all safety regulations. Otherwise, the consequences can be deadly.
The perils of crushing injuries
Crush injuries happen when body parts get pushed together forcibly, like what happens during an impact with a heavy-duty construction vehicle. Those who survive the initial impact of a collision with a construction vehicle still aren’t out of the woods yet. According to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, crushing injuries can become life-threatening fast.
What are the consequences?
Minor crush injuries may affect only a small portion of the injured victim’s body, like pinching a finger or flesh. The trouble starts when large swaths of tissue, bones and major organs are crushed, resulting in:
- Tendon or nerve damage
Other serious problems include secondary infections and compartment syndrome. The latter develops when the pressure on a limb destroys blood vessels, tissue, muscles and nerves.
Know that you have options
If you suffer injuries in a New York City construction accident, it could be a life-altering experience. You may not realize that you have options to seek civil justice for your injuries, losses and damages.