Car accident victims may suffer a range of serious injuries after a car accident, and the effects of this damage can be long-term or even permanent. You may be struggling with compartment syndrome after your accident, a condition that affects your movement and ability to live life as you did before. Acute compartment syndrome is a painful and debilitating injury that is the result of certain types of traumatic events, such as a serious car accident or other type of personal injury incident.
Your suffering could be the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person, but you do not have to navigate the aftermath of the accident alone. It is possible you have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim, allowing you to seek the recovery you need and deserve. It may help to first understand more about your condition and what you will need to regain function, reduce pain and move forward from acute compartment syndrome.
Signs of compartment syndrome
Compartment syndrome is the painful development of tension in the muscle, typically in the lower legs. It can affect other parts of the body as well, including the stomach, arms, hands and buttocks. Acute compartment syndrome is typically the result of a traumatic event, and it is a medical emergency. This condition is serious, characterized by the following:
- Bulging or obvious swelling of the muscle
- Feeling that the muscle is larger than normal
- Numbness or pain in the muscle
- Tightness of the muscle or a tingling sensation
In cases of acute compartment syndrome, immediate medical attention is necessary. A doctor will perform a fasciotomy, which is a procedure designed to reduce swelling and tension. After this, a skin graft may be necessary. Failure to immediately treat acute compartment syndrome could result in permanent damage to the muscle, muscle contracture, amputation, permanent disability or even death.
Your post-accident life
You may find that your life after a serious motor vehicle accident includes pain, limited mobility and other complications caused by your injuries. If you show any signs of acute compartment syndrome after a crash, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention. After receiving the care you need, you may also benefit from seeking an understanding of the legal options that could be available to you through the Texas civil justice system.