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The chest is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of the body. The rib cage houses and protects vital organs such as the lungs and heart. Unfortunately, the ribcage isn’t impenetrable, and when significant injury occurs, detrimental damage can result. Chest trauma can occur as a result of motor vehicle accident, sports-related injuries, gunshot wounds, falls from large heights, knife injuries, combat blast injuries and much more.
If you or a loved one are suffering a traumatic chest injury, Columbus injury lawyers can help you to seek compensation for your growing medical bills and other accident-related expenses that may occur during your recovery. Call (614) 487-8669 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Columbus chest injury attorney.
Types of Chest Injuries
There are different types of chest injury and they are often defined into two categories: penetrating and blunt. If the injury protrudes the skin (stabbing, gunshot wound, an arrow through the heart, etc.) this is a penetrating chest trauma. If a sharp object tears deep into the skin, and muscle isn’t the main cause of tissue damage, it is a blunt chest trauma. The severity and location of the damage can impact the recovery time.
Symptoms of Chest Injuries
Common symptoms that can occur with chest injuries are:
Upper chest trauma
Lower chest trauma
Bruising of chest wall
Hypotension from blood loss
Coughing of blood
Puncture wound to the chest
Shortness of breath
After any serious traumatic incident, severe emotional stress can result. In extreme cases this can lead to Takotsubo Syndrome, which is when the muscles of the heart weaken. Due to the stress, the weakened heart muscles can start to beat in an irregular rhythm, causing a heart attack.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms you should immediately visit a medical professional. Even if your pain seems minor, it can indicate a larger problem.
Seat Belt Injuries
It is a known legal requirement that you must wear a seatbelt. Seat belts do save lives, however seat belts can also cause chest injuries. When you are wearing a seat belt in a car accident, the seat belt tightens in order to forcefully hold the you and your passengers in place. If you must slam on the brakes, this can happen very quickly. The force of this often causes injuries, including abrasions, bruising, fractures to the ribs, sternum, and injuries to the organs. It is important to seek medical help immediately if any of the above occurs.
Some chest injuries are not as obvious as a broken bone. They reveal themselves in subtle ways during the hours or days after the accident and any pain experienced could indicate any number of injuries including bone fracture, ligament / connective tissue damage, or even internal organ injuries.
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. 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 include: prehospital trauma life support, in hospital or emergency room treatment, surgical trauma life support, and rehabilitation or home-care.
Rehabilitation is a step by step process that helps people recover. It becomes even more crucial for those suffering life-changing events such as traumatic chest injury. Ohio Rehabilitation Hospital in Columbus, Ohio is one of the leading centers that provide trauma victims with both the physical and emotional support that they require following a traumatic and horrific event.
A Columbus Chest Injury Lawyer Can Help You
If you or your loved ones are suffering any kind of chest trauma in the Columbus, Ohio area, it can be incredibly difficult and challenging emotionally. Not to mention the financial strain that may result after an incident. Columbus chest injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are experienced in dealing with these situations and will help you and your family seek compensation to support your recovery and navigate out of financial hardship.