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Recognizing the Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome After a Car Accident

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Aches and pains after a vehicle collision are normal, since your body has absorbed a significant amount of force from the impact. However, in some cases, this soreness is caused by more than just minor muscle injuries, and it may indicate a more troublesome condition, known as compartment syndrome. This is an ailment in which pressure builds inside the muscle compartments. If left untreated, it can begin to cut off blood flow to the affected area, resulting in serious complications. Such injuries are usually seen in the legs, but they can also occur in the hands, arms, or feet. Compartment syndrome may be either chronic or acute; most cases resulting from an auto accident are acute, which can be more dangerous. 

Warning Signs of Compartment Syndrome

How do you determine if your injuries are typical or something more serious? Look for these signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome:

  • Extreme pain that medication cannot relieve

  • A decrease in feeling or sensation

  • Visible bulges in the muscle

  • Pale skin (particularly in the damaged area)

  • Burning in the affected muscle

  • Numbness, tingling, or paralysis in the area by the muscle

If you notice any of the above conditions, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor may need to use a needle to measure the amount of pressure in your muscles, which will allow him or her to accurately diagnose your condition and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Potential Complications from Compartment Syndrome

In addition to the pain and discomfort of compartment syndrome, car accident victims may suffer other complications from the condition, including: 

  • The risk of death or permanent damage to the affected muscle

  • Costly medical bills and extreme financial stress

  • Lost wages or disability, depending on the severity of the injury

  • Mental and emotional anguish

Such complications can entitle a victim to compensation, but insurance companies will do all they can to avoid a full and fair payout, which is why it is so important for compartment syndrome victims to seek skilled and competent legal representation for their personal injury case. 

Contact an Arlington Heights Personal Injury Lawyer

A car crash may include injuries that are not readily apparent. If you have been involved in an auto accident and have suffered significant losses because of compartment syndrome, contact the experienced law firm of Newland & Newland LLP. Our seasoned Schaumburg car accident attorneys will not only protect your right to seek full and fair compensation, but we will also aggressively pursue the preservation of your best interests throughout the course of your claim. Schedule your free phone consultation by calling us today at 847-797-8000.




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