Lawyers for Compartment Syndrome in Denver
If you or a loved one have suffered a broken bone, severely damaged or bruised muscles, or a crush injury, you are going through a very challenging time. Unfortunately, the pain and physical damage of an injury can worsen. Compartment syndrome is a complication that can lead to lifelong pain and disability.
At the Tenge Law Offices, LLC, our talented Denver personal injury attorneys have over 30 years of experience representing victims of compartment syndrome. We are a full-service firm, and manage every detail of the cases we take on, including investigating the facts, meeting all legal filing deadlines, and professionally preparing your claim or lawsuit. Our support goes even further, including organizing transportation, medical care, or working with your employer. For compassionate and dedicated legal support, call our firm at (303) 502-5587.
The Dangers of Compartment Syndrome
Each muscle group in your legs and abdomen is protected by a nonelastic sheathing called fascia. The fascia protects your muscles and keeps them in place. Fascia has a minimal capacity to stretch and accommodate swelling. When pressure builds in one or more muscles in a muscle group, often caused by some sort of injury, the internal force exerted on the fascia can restrict blood flow, starving the tissues of oxygen and nutrients and causing excruciating pain. This condition is a medical emergency and requires immediate surgical intervention to avoid the risk of tissue death, muscle loss, amputation, infection, nerve damage, or kidney failure.
The danger of compartment syndrome lies in the fact that the blood flow to the muscle is cut off. A lack of blood flow can rapidly cause necrosis (tissue death) and result in permanent muscle damage. Severe cases, called acute compartment syndrome, can lead to paralysis of individual muscles or limbs and the need to amputate. Due to the rapid worsening of the condition over time, this condition is a medical emergency requiring immediate surgical intervention.
The Symptoms of Compartment Syndrome
After experiencing an injury from an accident, such as a broken or fractured bone, you may assume all you have to worry about is recovering. Truthfully, it is exactly those injuries that can lead to compartment syndrome developing. It is best for you to know the symptoms of compartment syndrome, so that you can keep an eye out for the disorder if it starts to develop. The symptoms of acute compartment syndrome include:
- A higher level of pain than you would reasonably expect from an injury
- Severe pain when attempting to move the affected muscles
- A sensation of internal pressure
- A tingling or burning sensation beneath the skin
- Numbness or paralysis (if left untreated for too long)
If you begin to notice these symptoms, you should seek medical help immediately. If compartment syndrome is left untreated, it can easily lead to severe complications such as paralysis, kidney damage, or even the need to amputate the impacted limb.
Compartment Syndrome: Causes
The most common causes of compartment syndrome are accident that cause physical trauma, such as in automobile accidents, construction accidents, falls, and crush injuries. This condition can develop as a complication from:
- Severe bruises
- Crush injuries
- Surgical errors
You may assume that because compartment syndrome develops after the initial injury, that you can’t file a claim against the party responsible. However, you would be wrong. Compartment syndrome usually develops as a direct result of injuries or negligent behavior. Because of that, it can be attributed to an at-fault party’s actions if that party caused the initial injury. Filing a claim for compartment syndrome, however, will requires skilled legal help.
Contact Us for Help
When it comes to offering help, support, and legal representation to victims of severe injuries in Denver, the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, is respected throughout the legal community. We understand the difficulties, pain, and array of challenges caused by a serious injury. When we take on a case of compartment syndrome, we go above and beyond to support our clients, legally and personally. The people we represent are not just clients – they become our friends, and we go the extra mile to pursue the best possible outcome. We never take the first settlement offer and will fight for full and fair compensation in negotiations with an insurance company, or by taking the case to a jury for a decision.
You deserve help. We are here for you. Call us today at (303) 502-5587 to schedule a free consultation. Each case is taken on a contingency-fee basis, so you won’t pay a dime in legal fees unless we win.