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Studies in the U.S. report that chest injuries cause approximately 25% of deaths classified as “severe injury,” and some estimates put the number as high as 60%. However, many of the most severe injuries do not result in death if they are treated immediately. If you or someone you love has experienced chest pain after a car accident, subsequent restricted ability to breathe, or pain in the abdomen region after sustaining any kind of frontal trauma, there may be other serious medical issues that have potential long-term consequences.
Our chest injury attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have extensive experience in dealing with chest injury cases in the Ohio area and can help you seek compensation for treatment and damages. Having chest injury lawyers is vital to navigating the complicated legal and medical processes and can help you recover your health and get back to work without sustaining long-term financial loss.
Common Chest Injuries
A chest injury is trauma damaging the upper abdomen and ribs, which may affect internal organs such as the lungs, blood vessels, the heart, soft tissues, and other muscles. Outlying bodily regions such as the esophagus, shoulders, and clavicles (collar bones) may also be impacted, depending on the severity of the chest injury.
There are two general types of chest injuries: penetrated and blunt. A penetrating chest injury is the result of a piercing to the thorax – the part of the body between the neck and the abdomen. According to medical research studies, penetrating chest injuries result in internal organ damage including:
- Tracheobronchial tree (a network of airways attached to the lungs)
- Great vessels
- Spinal cord
The most common causes of penetrated chest injuries are gunshot and stab wounds. Medical attention and clearing the victim’s airways is the first priority when someone has sustained a penetrated chest injury.
A blunt chest injury is statistically more pervasive than penetrated injuries and may or may not affect internal organs. However, blunt force trauma can be equally as dangerous. Blunt force chest injuries can affect the chest wall and cause bleeding, which inhibits breathing and can lead to damage in functions. One of the most common blunt trauma chest injuries is fractured or bruised ribs, and the most common causes for blunt chest injuries are car accidents and falls. While these injuries don’t pierce the skin, trauma they induce can break bones, spawn bruises, and affect internal organs indirectly.
Types of blunt chest injuries include:
- Broken ribs
- Flail chest
- Collapsed lungs
Symptoms of these kinds of injuries may include difficulty breathing, a rapid heart rate and abdominal soreness.
If you’ve sustained any kind of chest injury, you should seek medical attention, then consult with the chest injury attorneys at KNR. A chest injury lawyer can help you seek the proper way to file a case, particularly if a third party or entity is involved in your situation.
Diagnosis and Treatments for Chest Injuries
X-rays are a vital medical component to determining the extent of chest injury damage, but sometimes immediate action is required. If you or someone you’ve witnessed has sustained a chest injury, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
- Begin CPR if needed
- Do not remove any external objects that have penetrated the chest, but do cover any open wounds
- Stop any bleeding
- Establish breathing
Once a victim is under professional medical attention, further analysis and diagnoses can help follow up with chest pain injury remediation.
Long Term Effects and Costs of Chest Injuries
The cost of dealing with chest injuries can be extreme, both directly and indirectly. Medical costs, caregiver costs, and loss of work all play into a large financial burden sustained by chest injury victims, and, since in most chest injury cases the treatment needs to be immediate, it’s important to be able to compensate your out-of-pocket costs.
Unfortunately, healing requires time and time is money. KNR chest injury attorneys can help you seek remuneration for costs associated with your chest injuries, including medical costs like ambulance, x-rays, rehabilitation, surgery, as well as indirect costs such as loss of work and travel. KNR chest injury lawyers in Ohio are equipped to help you seek the best treatment without sustaining long-term debt.
Our Cleveland Chest Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Chest injuries are not the only issues for which our experienced legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation. Our personal injury lawyers at KNR have years of combined experience winning numerous realms of legal affairs related to workplace injuries, motor vehicle accidents, rideshare incidents, accidental deaths, and other structural incompetencies. We work throughout the state of Ohio in eleven different locations, including Cleveland, and would be happy to help guide you through the process of filing a case.
If you have any questions regarding your chest injuries, call our Cleveland injury lawyers at (216) 658-1330 or use our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Ohio chest injury attorney.