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Ohio Chest Injuries
Day in and day out, you breathe without conscious thought. The only time you consider the process is when you become winded heading up the third flight of stairs, after a long, strenuous run, or while meditating. During those times, deep full breaths improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Injuries to your chest, upper back, or abdomen can truly take your breath and peace of mind away. You may require surgeries and other interventions to be able to breathe easily again or to do so pain-free.
If you or a loved one suffered a chest injury in a traumatic accident, contact the Ohio chest injury lawyers of Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We have years of experience helping individuals hurt in serious accidents recover the maximum compensation for their injuries.
Whether you suffered broken ribs in a car accident or organ damage after being crushed by machinery, we know how to work with your physicians and medical experts to calculate your economic and noneconomic damages. We ensure every expense or painful experience is taken into account.
To learn more about how we can help you recover compensation, call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW.
Types of Chest Injuries
Accidents cause two types of chest injuries: penetrating or blunt.
Penetrating Chest Injuries
Penetrating trauma is one that breaks the skin, and a majority of the injury is due to the tearing of skin, muscles, and organs. This could be a stabbing, bullet wound, or penetration with plastic, glass, or metal during an accident.
Blunt trauma is one in which the injury is not due to penetration, though it could still involve tearing of the skin. Blunt chest injuries may involve damage to the bones and organs without breaking any skin. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of blunt chest injuries.
Common Chest Injuries
Penetrating and blunt traumas can cause a wide range of chest injuries, including:
An accident that causes a blow to the chest can cause a fractured rib or damage the cartilage within the rib case.
Signs of broken ribs include sharp pain in the chest, pain that worsens when you breathe, and pain that worsens when you touch or lie down on the affected area. Broken ribs can heal through rest and pain management, though extreme cases may require surgery.
This injury is a result of a section of the rib cage breaking and detaching from the rest of the chest wall. At a minimum, there are two fractures in at least two ribs, creating a free segment of the rib cage. A flail chest is a common injury after blunt trauma and usually involves an underlying injury to the lungs.
Symptoms include pain and shortness of breath, as well as the unusual movement of a section of the ribs during breathing. The unattached portion of the ribs may move inward when you breathe in and outward when you exhale – the opposite of normal movement. It is life-threatening if not quickly treated. Physicians may have to use a chest tube or mechanical ventilation during treatment to help you breathe.
A collapsed lung is when you breathe in, but it goes into the area between the lung and chest wall instead of your lung. A partially collapsed lung is called atelectasis, while a total collapsed lung is known as pneumothorax.
Signs of a collapsed lung are pain, difficulty breathing, and a rapid heart rate. Treatment may require a chest drain, oxygen and breathing support, and surgery, though the appropriate treatment depends on the extent of the injury.
Your diaphragm is the muscle that extends across the bottom of the ribcage and helps you breathe. Penetrating or blunt trauma can cause the diaphragm to tear, an injury that is often associated with the herniation of organs in the abdomen.
Symptoms can include pain, difficulty breathing, particularly when lying down, and coughing. If there are herniated organs, bowel obstruction is a common sign.
The ribcage and muscles within the chest and abdomen protect a number of your vital organs. A blunt or penetrating trauma during an accident can injure your heart, major blood vessels, esophagus, lungs, trachea, kidney, liver, or spleen. Injury to any of your vital organs may require surgery and additional treatments.
Penetrating or blunt trauma to the heart can cause a number of serious injuries, including muscle damage to the heart, bleeding within the heart, ruptured arteries or blood vessels, and an irregular heartbeat.
Heart injuries are usually the result of the force of car accidents, though they can happen during falls and other accidents as well.
Accidents That Cause Chest Injuries
Chest injuries can happen in any number of scenarios. Some of the most common instances where negligence results in chest injuries are:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Negligent Property Maintenance
- Negligent Security
- Medical Malpractice
- Bike Accidents
- Work Accidents
Chest Injuries After a Car Accident
While most people immediately think of broken bones, whiplash, and head injuries after a car crash, chest injuries are also common in motor vehicle accidents. Chest injuries after a car accident can happen for any number of reasons and manifest in various painful symptoms:
Seatbelt & Airbag Chest Injuries
Seatbelts and airbags routinely result in injuries to the chest. The sudden impact of an airbag to your sternum can be incredibly painful. And when not fitted properly, a seatbelt can result in lacerations, rib fractures and more.
In addition, hitting your chest on the steering wheel or dashboard in a car crash can result in:
- Damage to the Sternum
- Trachea Injuries
- Punctured Lungs
- Kidney Injuries
- Spleen Injuries
- Broken Ribs
Filing a Chest Injury Claim & Recovering Compensation
Depending on the severity of your chest injury and other factors involved, you may be able to recover compensation for the assorted economic and non-economic damages stemming from your injury. This could make a big difference in recovering the wages you lost, getting the medical care you need, and putting your life back together.
If you or a loved one suffered a chest injury because of a negligent or careless act, you could pursue an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may be able to recover your:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
How a Lawyer Can Help
Chest injury cases are complex. The severity of the injury in question and circumstances around the accident will significantly affect now your case moves forward.
For instance, if you suffered a severe chest injury, your compensation should consider the long-term care and compensation you’ll need. Likewise, if you suffer broken ribs because a negligent driver hit you while they were driving their work vehicle, their employer may share liability.
A skilled lawyer can illustrate what you endured and how a chest impacted your life, making the harm apparent to a judge or jury. Your attorney will work with your physicians and medical experts to delve into the consequences of this injury, including the financial effects, your pain and suffering, and your ability to live, work, and interact with others.
At KNR our chest injuries attorneys will:
- Answer your questions and concerns
- Keep you updated during all stages of the process
- Obtain medical records about the extent of your injury
- Identify the responsible party
- Determine the fair and full value of your damages
- Negotiate for maximum compensation
- Fight for everything you deserve in court if necessary
Contact KNR’s Chest Injury Lawyers
After you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else, you need to consider how you can recover compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. An accident involving the chest is going to lead to far more medical costs than your health insurance will likely cover, and these are difficult to handle when you are out of work.
Whether caused by a car accident, a fall, or some other negligent act, Kisling, Nestico & Redick, will protect your rights and seek the greatest amount of compensation possible. Let us evaluate your chest injury and fight for you.
Call KNR today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free, initial consultation and learn more.