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Recognizing Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis After a Truck Accident

You felt lucky to have escaped the trucking accident with only a few scrapes and bruises. Even the first responders were impressed at the lack of injury, given the state of your car and how long you were trapped.

Now, however, you feel seriously sick. You hurt, and your muscles feel weak. You feel nauseated. You suspect you might have the flu, or maybe it’s just the shock of the accident catching up to you.

Listen to this: go to the emergency room immediately. What feels like a virus may be the early signs of rhabdomyolysis, a medical complication associated with muscle injuries.

Rhabdomyolysis in truck accident victims is associated with crush injuries. These are injuries that occur when there is a high amount of pressure on part of the body. If you were pinned in your vehicle after a trucking accident, the part of the body that was pinned is likely to have suffered a crush injury.

Common signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include:

  • General feelings of illness
  • Pain, swelling, or bruising
  • General achiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Decrease in urine output
  • Fever
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty moving the arms or legs
  • Confusion
  • Lack of consciousness

Rhabdomyolysis is treatable if diagnosed. Patients are usually hospitalized in the intensive care unit where they are treated with intravenous (IV) fluids, which help prevent kidney failure and maintain urine production. In some cases, dialysis is necessary.

Georgia accident victims who suffer rhabdomyolysis may be eligible for compensation for their hospitalization, treatment, and rehabilitation. They may also claim damages for any long-lasting disability. To learn more, contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney. Call Kaufman Law to schedule a free consultation.