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The chest is one of the largest and most prominent parts of the human body, and it is subject to multiple types of injuries that can lead to internal organ damage and have long-lasting effects. In the United States, chest injuries are responsible for about 25% of deaths annually. In fact, chest injury or chest trauma is the third most common cause of death after traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord trauma. While automobile accidents constitute a great number of these, the chest is also at risk of injury from falls in the workplace, gunshot wounds, extreme physical contact during sports, assault, and other traumatic events.
Chest injuries are unexpected, dangerous, and can have a longer-lasting psychological, physical, and financial impact. If you or a loved one are suffering a traumatic chest injury after any kind of accident, you may be at risk for a number of severe or even life-threatening complications in addition to steep medical costs and rehabilitation. Akron chest injury lawyers can help answer questions as you seek compensation, rehabilitation, and remuneration for expenses that you are experiencing. Call us today at (330) 869-9007 or use our online contact form to reach out.
Types and Causes of Chest Injuries
Chest injuries are generally categorized in two primary ways:
- Penetrating – If the injury protrudes the skin this is a penetrating chest trauma.
- Blunt – If the injury impacts the chest but doesn’t go through the muscle, it is blunt chest trauma.
Prominent causes of chest injury include:
- Motorcycle accidents
- Seat belt injuries
- Falls from large heights
- Sports-related injuries
- Gunshot wounds
- Knife injuries
- Combat blast injuries
- Physical assault
Chest injuries that result in internal bleeding can cause circulatory problems and interfere with breathing and the ability of the heart to pump blood. Severe chest injuries include:
- Upper chest trauma – such as broken ribs, injury to the sternum, damage to lungs or heart
- Lower chest trauma – injury to the liver or spleen
Within upper and lower chest trauma, there are specific ways in which different organs and parts of the body are affected, including:
- Contusions – regions where blood vessels have ruptured, causing bruising
- Bruising of the chest wall, specifically
- Hypotension from blood loss
- Puncture wound
- Lung collapse
- Cardiac injuries – bruising or bleeding of the heart
- Cardiac tamponade (pressure on the heart caused by the accumulation of blood around it)
- Hemothorax (blood leakage between the lung and chest wall)
- Inhalation from gases, fumes, dust, or liquids entering the lungs
Signs and Symptoms of Chest Injuries
Symptoms that can occur with chest pain after sustaining trauma and which may indicate severe chest injuries are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Crunching sounds in the rib area
- Coughing up blood
- Failure of the chest to move normally when breathing
- Flail chest, when part of the chest is moving opposite from the rest
Other symptoms to watch for include shortness of breath, dizziness, and extreme fatigue; any of these can indicate a mild to severe chest injury. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, take immediate action and contact a medical professional. Even if your pain seems minor, it can be a larger problem.
Management and Treatment of Chest Trauma
Management and treatment of chest trauma is undertaken by highly skilled medical professionals and can often involve life-saving operations. Nearly half of all chest injuries require immediate surgery. If you are in an accident and you feel any form of chest pain, you should seek immediate medical attention.
The different stages of management and treatment can separate into:
- Prehospital trauma life support
- In-hospital or emergency room treatment
- Surgical trauma life support
- Rehabilitation or home-care
Rehabilitation helps people recover from traumatic injuries through a step-by-step process.
Summa Rehabilitation Hospital in Akron, Ohio is a leading medical center offering trauma victims with both the physical and emotional support that they require following a painful and traumatic event.
Our Akron Chest Injury Lawyers Can Help You
If you or your loved ones are suffering any kind of chest trauma following an accident in the Akron, Ohio area, physical and emotional challenges can seem insurmountable and can leave a lasting financial burden. Akron chest injury attorneys can help answer questions as you and your family seek compensation, treatment, and recovery.
Chest injuries are not the only issues for which the legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation. Akron injury attorneys at KNR have decades of combined experience working in accidental death, motor vehicle accidents, rideshare incidents, and other cases.