In 2019, there were nearly 401,000 car accidents in the Sunshine State. While many of these collisions resulted in no or minor injuries, some left drivers, passengers and others with life-altering ones.

Because it is possible to sustain a variety of injuries in any car accident, it is vital always to seek medical care. If a crash trapped you inside a vehicle, though, you should ask your doctor if you are at risk for toxic crush syndrome.

What is a crush injury?

The human body can usually withstand some forces for short periods of time. Still, a heavy or fast-moving object may cause you to suffer a crush injury. This type of injury occurs when part of the body becomes trapped or entangled in wreckage.

If you have a crush injury, you can expect to suffer muscular and skeletal damage. If the impact site is in your torso, you may also have some internal injuries. Luckily, with many crash injuries, doctors use known medical procedures to start patients on the fast road to recovery.

What is toxic crush syndrome?

Not all crush injuries are minor. If you sustain a serious crash injury, you may develop toxic crush syndrome. This syndrome occurs when the body releases chemicals in response to the injury. These chemicals can cause swelling, which may interfere with organ functionality.

Commonly, individuals who have toxic crush syndrome develop eventual kidney failure. If this happens to you, you may need dialysis treatment to remove toxins from your bloodstream. You may also have other syndrome-associated organ damage.

How do you recover?

Modern medicine has advanced significantly in recent decades. Consequently, doctors may use different therapies to address either a crush injury or toxic crush syndrome. Of course, it is vitally important that you adhere to your doctor’s orders and seek specialist care when necessary.

If a car accident has left you with toxic crush syndrome, your life may never be the same again. Fortunately, you may be able to pursue financial compensation to help you better manage your recovery, even if it is a long one.