Hemothorax (Blood in Chest Cavity): Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Hemothorax (Blood in Chest Cavity): Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

If you are experiencing a rapid heart rate and rapid shallow breathing after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have suffered chest trauma that resulted in a hemothorax. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

Globe Rupture: Left Untreated Can Lead to Permanent Loss of Vision

Globe Rupture: Left Untreated Can Lead to Permanent Loss of Vision

If not treated immediately (and sometimes even if it is), it can result in permanent loss of vision in the affected eye. In many cases, the ruptures are untreatable, and the eye must be replaced with an ocular prosthesis. It is especially important that, during emergency transport, the eye is protected from any pressure, including something as benign as an eye patch.

Traumatic Hyphema: Blurred, Distorted Vision, Headaches, and Pain

Traumatic Hyphema: Blurred, Distorted Vision, Headaches, and Pain

A hyphema occurs when blood pools within the anterior chamber of the eye—usually due to some form of trauma to the globe—resulting in injury to the iris and leading to torn vessels. While they can also spontaneously arise given the presence of certain conditions, they are most commonly caused by trauma or ocular surgery.

Hyphemas are notoriously difficult to treat, and close evaluation and follow-up is mandatory, as there is a high risk for rebleeding. Some patients need to be hospitalized, especially those with particular conditions, such as sickle cell disease, or those with bleeding diathesis, for example. For others, medical professionals typically manage via an eye shield, ensuring that activities are limited and the head is elevated at least 45 degrees.

Leg or Arm Amputation: Car Crashes and Workplace Accidents Account for 45% of all Amputations

Leg or Arm Amputation: Car Crashes and Workplace Accidents Account for 45% of all Amputations

There are close to 2 million people in the United States living with a loss of a limb or extremity. Trauma from a car crash or workplace accident represent 45% of all amputations. (Source: Amputee Coalition). Motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents or a pedestrian being struck by a car, motorcycle or bike as well as workplace injuries and falls all may lead to an amputation. Below knee amputations are the most common amputation.

Pulmonary Contusion (Bruised Lung): Causes, Treatment, and Seeking Compensation

Pulmonary Contusion (Bruised Lung): Causes, Treatment, and Seeking Compensation

If you are experiencing chest pain and coughing up blood after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have a pulmonary contusion. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

Traumatic Iritis: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Pursuing Compensation

Traumatic Iritis: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Pursuing Compensation

Traumatic iritis (also known as anterior uveitis) occurs when the iris because inflamed, typically due to some type of trauma that has occurred (usually blunt eye injury, such as from a pellet gun, firecracker, vehicle accident, etc.). Research has shown that younger and/or male individuals tend to suffer more frequently from iritis than older and/or female individuals. Oftentimes, initial trauma can be prevented by wearing eye protection while engaging in certain activities that can lead to iritis.

Research has shown that younger and/or male individuals tend to suffer more frequently from iritis than older and/or female individuals. Oftentimes, initial trauma can be prevented by wearing eye protection while engaging in certain activities that can lead to iritis.

Corneal Abrasions: Causes, Treatment, and Seeking Compensation for Your Injury

Corneal Abrasions: Causes, Treatment, and Seeking Compensation for Your Injury

A corneal abrasion essentially results when you scratch your eye and, as a result, the cells of the corneal epithelium are disrupted. While often times, blinking allows you to flush an object out of your eye, when it is scratched, blinking typically does not provide relief, and even exposure to light can cause pain. While many people can recover from corneal abrasions without surgery or eye damage, sometimes the scratches can run deeper, resulting in corneal infections and/or scarring. If these issues are not treated properly, an individual can end up suffering from long-term vision issues (especially if the abrasion is in the center of the cornea, right in front of the pupil).

Cardiac Contusion—Myocardial Contusion

Cardiac Contusion—Myocardial Contusion

A cardiac contusion is a complication of an injury such as are often sustained in a car accident. A myocardial contusion, also known as a cardiac contusion is a bruised area of the heart muscle that is caused by blunt injury or trauma to the chest wall. Even after a victim recovers from a cardiac contusion, heart failure is in the victim’s future because of the damage the contusion does to the heart.

Child Growth Plate Fracture

Child Growth Plate Fracture

The majority of growth plate fractures heal properly. However, a small percentage can result in stunting the growth of the bone or causing the bone to curve or grow in an irregular shape. This can occur if the fracture is to the cartilage portion located at the end of the bone. A fracture can disrupt the circulation of the blood supply to the cartilage. Without proper circulation the cartilage may never form into bone.

Tracheal Injury—Injured Windpipe

Tracheal Injury—Injured Windpipe

The first step in address blunt tracheal injuries is to assess and stabilize the victim’s airway, breathing, and circulation. Medical imaging is used to identify areas of concern and suggest treatment options. Treatment of tracheal injuries may include surgery to repair the trachea and restore functionality to the windpipe. A breathing tube may be inserted to help victims recover and keep the airways open due to inflammation of the throat after the injury and surgery.

Aortic Injury – Causes, Symptoms and Pursuing Compensation for Accident Victims

Aortic Injury – Causes, Symptoms and Pursuing Compensation for Accident Victims

Blunt aortic injuries are classified by type of injury. The three main types of blunt aortic injury are as follows: (1) an aortic rupture often leads to death and is the most serious of the aortic injuries because of the rapid and uncontrollable loss of blood at the accident or car crash site; (2) a hemorrhage of either the aorta or another organ injured is the second type of injury; and finally (3) a contained aortic injury – where there is bleeding but no rupture or tear of the aorta has occurred.

Ruptured Spleen—Splenic Injury

Ruptured Spleen—Splenic Injury

Spleen injuries occur when there is a significant impact to the spleen from some outside source, like an automobile crash, damaging or rupturing the spleen. A ruptured spleen is a life-threatening emergency. It can cause serious internal bleeding or hemorrhaging. The rupture can occur immediately after an injury, or in the days or weeks after an injury.

Blunt Trauma Hepatic Injury — The Serious Nature of a Sheared, Lacerated, or Ruptured Liver Due to Blunt Trauma Accidents

Blunt Trauma Hepatic Injury — The Serious Nature of a Sheared, Lacerated, or Ruptured Liver Due to Blunt Trauma Accidents

The liver is the most frequently injured abdominal organ in blunt trauma scenarios. The second most common injury to the liver occurs when there is penetrating abdominal trauma. Any blunt force directed at the abdomen will result in trauma to the liver. The liver tissue may be sheared, lacerated, or ruptured. This will cause internal bleeding, bile leakage, or a combination of both. This type of injury is common in car crashes, work related accidents, and falls from extreme heights.

Can I seek compensation for a subdural hematoma caused by an accident that was someone else’s fault?

Can I seek compensation for a subdural hematoma caused by an accident that was someone else’s fault?

A subdural hematoma is the result of a serious head injury. Generally, a hematoma is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessel, artery or vein. A subdural hematoma is the collection of blood outside of the brain but within the skull. Because the brain is inside the skull and the brain is suspended in cerebrospinal fluid, when a subdural hematoma forms it pushes on the brain and squeezes cerebrospinal fluid out of the skull. Cerebrospinal fluid leaks from the eyes, nose or ears.

Child Injuries Suffered in Accidents in Bathrooms Can Be Deadly

Child Injuries Suffered in Accidents in Bathrooms Can Be Deadly

Any person, facility or business that has been entrusted with the child’s care and safety may be found responsible for not taking measures to prevent child accidents. If your child suffered a fatality or injury because of a careless or negligent caregiver then you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries that could have easily been avoided if proper care and attention had been exercised.

Flail Chest—Broken Rib Cage: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing an Accident Claim

Flail Chest—Broken Rib Cage: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing an Accident Claim

If you are experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have broken your rib cage, or have flail chest. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

Fractured or Broken Sternum – Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Seeking Compensation for Your Injury

Fractured or Broken Sternum – Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Seeking Compensation for Your Injury

The most common symptoms of a sternum fracture are pain, spasms, and tenderness of the chest. Moving, coughing, sneezing, and breathing make pain worse. Some people experience crepitus – a crunching sound when they move or breath – the sound is the broken bones rubbing together. Beyond the breastbone, the internal organs, like the heart and lungs, may become injured and hurt. Other related conditions include pulmonary contusions, cardiac contusions, and myocardial ischemia (reduced blood flow to the heart) or myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Skull Fractures — Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing a Legal Claim

Skull Fractures — Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pursuing a Legal Claim

The most visible symptom of a skull fracture is a bump or bruise on the head. Keep in mind however, that it may take up to 24 hours for the bump or bruise to develop. Sometimes bleeding from the wound, ears, nose and around the eyes occurs or bruising behind the ears or under the eyes. Victims suffer from confusion, convulsions, difficulties with balance, drowsiness, headache, loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, restlessness, irritability, slurred speech, stiff neck, swelling, and visual disturbances.

Pelvic Fracture—Broken Pelvis

Pelvic Fracture—Broken Pelvis

Blunt trauma are injuries that occur to the pelvic region because of a fall, motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident or a pedestrian being struck by a car, motorcycle or bike. Because the pelvis has many parts, injury in one location often means a second location also contains a break.

Dislocated Hip

Dislocated Hip

If you have experienced a hip dislocation after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have injured your hip. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

About Hip Fractures (Broken Hip) Caused by Accidents

About Hip Fractures (Broken Hip) Caused by Accidents

If you have experienced a pelvic fracture after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have injured your hip. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.

Loss of an Eye Due to an Accident

Loss of an Eye Due to an Accident

Enucleation is the surgical removal of the entire eye. The muscles that are attached to the outside of the eyeball are left intact. If the muscles are not injured during the accident, they will help move the prosthetic eye implant and mimic natural eye movements.

Torn and Detached Retina

Torn and Detached Retina

The retina sends visual images to the brain through the optic nerve. Located in the back of the eye, a detached retina occurs when the retina is pulled away from its normal position or tears. When detachment occurs, vision is blurred. If left untreated, a torn or detached retina leads to blindness. Almost all patients with torn or detached retinas must have surgery to restore the retina back to its normal position.