Grand Junction Compartment Syndrome Attorneys
In our limbs, we have groups of nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that are wrapped up in an incredibly strong material known as fascia. These groups are commonly referred to as compartments and help give our bodies shape. In order to successfully hold shape, the fascia must be rigid and tough. While this rigidness is necessary, it can also be dangerous when your limb muscles are damaged. Muscles often swell after becoming injured, but when they press up against the fascia, that pressure has nowhere to go. This build-up can lead to intense pain, and even permanent injury if not treated quickly enough.
The attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC know just how debilitating compartment syndrome can be. Many clients have come to us in incredible pain, and others asked for our help after realizing the syndrome had left them disabled. The condition is an unfortunate after-effect of many vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one are suffering from compartment syndrome due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact us at (970) 243-4357 to learn if you have a personal injury case.
Compartment syndrome develops because there is a buildup of pressure in one of the compartments in your limbs. This pressure is most often caused by your muscles swelling due to injury or damage. The swelling can start for any number of reasons, but some of the most common are due to trauma caused by:
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Casts or bandages being administered too tightly
Any of these accidents can result in a variety of severe injuries that may be diagnosed and treated almost immediately after the accident. Compartment syndrome, however, often takes a while to develop, and you may believe you are on the road to recovery when you begin to feel the symptoms.
The most common symptom of compartment syndrome is the constant, intense pain in the affected limb. This pain refuses to go away, and unlike with many other injuries, it actually gets worse when you apply pressure. There are, however, many other symptoms that may help you and a medical professional determine if you are suffering from compartment syndrome, or if it’s something else entirely. Those can include:
- Paralysis or lowered motor control
- A lowered pulse
- An itching, burning, or pins and needles sensation
- Tightened skin
- An ashy color
Any symptom you suffer from should be exclusively in the impacted limb. If you broke your left arm after being involved in an auto accident, then the pain, numbness, paralysis, and any other symptoms should be located in your left arm. The fact that the pain doesn’t spread throughout your body, however, does not mean you can walk this syndrome off, nor does it mean you should put off seeking treatment.
Currently, there is really only one way to treat compartment syndrome and that is through a surgery known as a fasciotomy. In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision on the affected limb and cuts the fascia open. By creating an opening, the pressure can be released, and the healing process can begin.
There are cases where the swelling is too severe, and the surgeon is unable to get the incision in your limb to close. Forcing the cut to close up will simply cause the situation to worsen and may result in pressure once again building up. Often times, a skin graft is used to close the incision and allow for healing and recovery.
While fasciotomies are considered a medical emergency, compartment syndrome can be difficult to properly diagnose, which means it may be some time before you receive the medical help you need. Medical professionals will want to rule out other possibilities, such as tendinitis which can result in similar symptoms, before filling giving the proper diagnosis of compartment syndrome. Unfortunately, the longer you wait to have your compartment syndrome treated, the more likely that you will be left with lifelong issues as a result. Never hesitate to seek a second medical opinion if it feels as though your diagnosis is taking too long.
When compartment syndrome is not treated quickly enough, it often results in permanent damage. Because the swelling of your muscles cuts off the blood supply to the impacted limb, the muscles themselves will start to die. Our bloodstream is what our bodies use to transport oxygen to our organs and muscles. If that oxygen supply is cut off, then the parts of the body not receiving it will begin to suffocate. When our muscles suffocate and die, we are left with partial paralysis or lessened motor control.
Not only may you be left unable to use your impacted limb, but you could begin to suffer kidney failure as well. When cells die, they release toxic chemicals. These chemicals end up being filtered through your kidneys, which can handle the toxicity in small amounts. If too many cells die, however, then your kidneys may become permanently damaged as the overload of the chemicals is too much for them to handle.
Compartment syndrome requires surgery to treat, meaning that, if you receive proper treatment, you will likely be left with a hefty medical bill. On top of that, the pain will likely leave you unable to perform your normal duties at work, and you may need to take time off while recovering. That’s if your treatment is administered in time and you make a full recovery.
If you have been left with permanent damage, then it’s possible you may not be able to continue working at your previous job, or even work at all. Your day to day life could be left in shambles. You shouldn’t be left swimming in medical debt, missing out on much-needed wages, or in incredible pain due to someone else’s negligence. That’s why filing a claim with an experienced attorney at your side maybe your best option.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC we care about helping others. That is why we’ve dedicated our lives as attorneys. If you or a loved one are suffering from compartment syndrome that was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you deserve compensation and we want to help you get it. Do not hesitate to contact our firm at (970) 243-4357 to secure the legal representation of a skilled Grand Junction personal injury attorney.
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