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The chest is one of the largest and most prominent parts of the human body and serves as protection for multiple major body organs. Despite its resilience, the chest’s prominence risks injuries that can lead to internal organ damage and have long-lasting effects.
In fact, data shows that about 25 percent of chest injuries result in death. Chest trauma is the third most common cause of death after traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord trauma. While automobile accidents are a common source of these chest injuries, including seat belt injuries, the chest is also at risk of injury from falls in the workplace, gunshot wounds, assault, extreme physical contact during sports, and other traumatic events.
If you have experienced chest pain after a car accident or if you are suffering a traumatic chest injury after any kind of accident, Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s Canton chest injury lawyers can help you seek compensation for medical bills, loss of work, and other related losses you may incur during your recovery. Call us today at (330) 488-1234 or use our online contact form to reach out.
Common Causes of Chest Injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Seat belt injuries
- Falls from large heights
- Sports-related injuries
- Gunshot wounds
- Knife injuries
- Combat blast injuries
- Broken ribs, injury to the sternum, and damage to the lungs or heart
- Injury to the liver or spleen
- Flail chest: when part of the ribcage detaches
- Puncture wound to the chest
- Cardiac injuries: resulting in bruising or bleeding of the heart
- Injury to the spleen or liver
Types of Chest Injuries
Chest injuries fall into two primary categories:
- Penetrating: If an injury protrudes the skin it is penetrating chest trauma.
- Blunt: If a sharp object tears deep into the skin and the main cause of tissue damage is not muscle, it is blunt chest trauma.
Additional injuries and symptoms that can occur alongside pain after sustaining chest trauma are:
- Difficulty breathing
- Bruising of the chest wall
- Hypotension from blood loss
- Coughing of blood
- Lung collapse – The wall between the chest and the lung fills with air. This stops the chest from expanding sufficiently when the person is breathing.
Other chest injury symptoms to watch for include shortness of breath, dizziness, and extreme fatigue. 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 sign of a larger problem.
In addition to immediately visiting a medical professional, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described, you should contact a chest injury attorney.
The Canton chest injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have decades of combined experience to help you navigate complicated legal and medical systems and ensure that you retain not only the best treatment and compensation for your chest injuries, but also rehabilitation so that you can continue living your life to the fullest.
Management and Treatment of Chest Trauma
Management and treatment of chest trauma are undertaken by highly skilled medical professionals and can often involve life-saving operations. Approximately 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 be separated 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. Mercy Health Medical Group and Aultman Hospital are state-of-the-art leading trauma centers in the Canton, Ohio area.
Our Canton Chest Injury Lawyers Can Help You
If you or your loved ones are suffering any kind of chest trauma following an accident in the Canton area, the physical and emotional challenges can seem insurmountable and can leave a lasting financial burden. If you cannot return to work, lost wages can add to the losses incurred by severe medical bills. Canton Personal Injury Lawyers have decades of expertise in these type of claims and will help you and your family seek compensation to support your recovery and navigate out of financial hardship.
Our skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for chest injuries you have sustained from activity-related experiences, accidents, and other chest injury issues. With 11 locations throughout Ohio, we cover extensive ground in many regions and cities in the state. In addition to chest injuries, our diverse team of attorneys offers skills in multiple legal areas including work injuries, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and wrongful death incidents.
If you have any questions regarding your case, call our Canton lawyers at (330) 488-1234 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Ohio chest injury attorney.