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Can I Suffer from Compartment Syndrome After an Illinois Car Accident?

 Posted on August 13, 2020 in Car Accidents

Will County car accident lawyerMotor vehicle collisions can occur in all kinds of weather and at any time of the day or night. Various factors can influence the severity of passengers’ injuries, such as speed and the size of the vehicles involved. An occupant’s limbs can become pinned against the door and dashboard of the car due to the force of the impact. Certain injuries may be readily apparent, such as lacerations or abrasions, but others may not be as noticeable. Compartment syndrome is an injury that may not present symptoms right away. However, it can lead to serious complications for car accident victims. In many cases, a crash is caused by the reckless behavior of another motorist. A skilled personal injury attorney can help you explore your options for holding the negligent party responsible and pursuing compensation. 

Compartment Syndrome Defined

Compartment syndrome is a painful and potentially dangerous condition that is caused after pressure builds up from internal bleeding or swollen tissues. Fascia are sections of tissue that divide groups of muscles that are located in the arms and legs. Each fascia has a compartment, or opening, which contains muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. When the openings swell, the fascia pushes up against the muscles. This results in decreased blood flow, which deprives the muscles and nerves of adequate nourishment. They can become damaged, resulting in loss of motion or range. In some situations, emergency surgery is necessary to repair compartment syndrome.

The Five P’s of Compartment Syndrome

People who are hurt in an auto accident may experience shock and panic at first. After these subside, they may feel numbness, tingling, or pain in their legs, arms, or feet. In some scenarios, victims may believe it is just a bruised body part that will heal on its own. However, there are five common signs and symptoms that may indicate a car crash victim has compartment syndrome. These five P's present with the following conditions: 

  • Pain

  • Pallor (pale skin)

  • Paresthesia (numbness)

  • Pulselessness (faint pulse) 

  • Paralysis  

If any of the above symptoms persist, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Proper medical documentation is important when seeking a personal injury claim if a negligent driver caused the accident. 

Contact a Will County Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are involved in a car accident, your life can change in an instant. In some cases, your injuries may require surgery or even long-term care. McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC is well-versed in Illinois personal injury laws and understands how a vehicle crash can leave you in financial trouble. Our dedicated Joliet car accident attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in settlements for their clients. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 815-727-0100.



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