Legal Options if Suffered Chest Injury in Accident
It is hard to appreciate the nature and importance of breathing until you or a loved one experience a chest injury during an accident. If you suffered a serious chest injury, contact an Ohio injury lawyer who can help you achieve the compensation you’ll need to properly recover.
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 easily breathe 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.
Categorizing Chest Injuries
Accidents cause two types of chest injuries: penetrating or blunt. A 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. A blunt trauma is one in which the injury is not due to penetration, though it could still involve tearing of the skin. A blunt chest injury 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 from Accidents
Penetrating and blunt traumas can cause a wide range of chest injuries, including:
- Broken ribs – 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.
- Flail chest – This injury is a result of a section of the rib cage breaking and detaching from the rest of the chest wall. At minimum, there are two fractures in at least two ribs, creating a free segment of the rib cage. Flail chest is a common injury after a blunt trauma and usually, involves an underlying injury to the lungs. Symptoms include pain and shortness of breath, as well as 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 – 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.
- Collapsed lung – A collapsed lung is when you breathe in air but it goes into the area between the lung and chest wall instead of your lung. A partial 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.
- Diaphragm injury – Your diaphragm is the muscle that extends across the bottom of the ribcage and helps you breathe. A penetrating or blunt trauma can cause the diaphragm to tear, an injury that is often associated with 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.
- Organ damage – 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.
- Heart injury – A 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.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Represent You in Your Legal Claim
After you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else, you need to look into how you can recover compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. An accident involving a chest injury 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. An accident can lead to severe financial hardships.
That is why at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our legal team focuses on protecting your rights and seeking the greatest amount of compensation possible for your injuries. You did not deserve to be hurt and put in this position.
If you are wondering how you can recover compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury suit, call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW and schedule a free, no-risk consultation.