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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pneumothorax is a collapsed lung. The condition occurs when air leaks into the space between the chest wall and lungs. The air pushes on the outside of the lung and makes it collapse. Some extreme cases are life threatening. The vast majority of cases however, involve collapse of a portion of the lungs.
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.
Many times drivers violate drive time/on-duty time limits and as a result will resort to falsifying their driver logbooks to show they followed the federal drive time limits. However, the ECM data does not lie and will show the driver was actually operating his truck when his written logs show he was not.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your child was injured as the result of an electrical burn, it may have been due to a defective product or the negligence of someone who was supervising the child. In those cases, it may be appropriate to speak with an experienced child injury attorney to find out what your options are, especially if you are facing exorbitant medical costs as a result.
The femur, or thighbone, is the biggest bone in the human body. Because it is the biggest it is also the strongest. A tremendous amount of force is requirement for the femur bone to fracture. That is why these bones rarely break. High impact car accidents or falls on a hard surface from high above the ground are capable of generating enough force to break the human body’s strongest bone. 3 out of every 10,000 people under the age of 25 will experience a femur fracture every year.
A broken clavicle causes significant pain to the affected area and makes it difficult to move the arm and shoulder. Often times the skin around the collarbone will be swollen, tender and bruised. A popping or crackling noise can result when attempting to raise your hand. A bulge, bump or some other deformity will exist above the clavicle. This is the displaced bone. A compound fracture could cause the bone to pierce the skin. A clavicle fracture will also cause the shoulder to sag.
Five percent of all fractures involve the proximal humerus. People sixty-five years and older sustain more proximal humerus fractures than any other kind of fracture except for hip and wrist fractures. The top of the humerus is also known as the humeral head. The humeral head connects with the shoulder blade to form the shoulder joint.
A contact burn is typically the result of a child’s skin having direct contact with a hot object such as a curling iron, cigarette lighter, fireplace, grill, kitchen instrument, candle or other hot object or flame. These burns–often second-degree burns–can be the result of accidents. They can result from leaving hot objects within a child’s reach or because of defective products produced without appropriate warning labels. They can even result from placing a child in a car seat or safety belt that has been exposed to the sun for too long.
Even though people of all ages can suffer injuries from mercury poisoning, this metal is especially harmful to unborn children, infants and very young children. This is because the toxins in mercury usually affect the brain and nervous system, which are developing during these time periods of human growth and development. Mercury poisoning can pass from a pregnant mother to the fetus, causing irreversible damage.
Bedroom and nurseries are filled with hidden dangers. 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.
Many materials contain carbon including gasoline, propane, coal, kerosene, and wood. When these materials burn they release Carbon monoxide in a gas. When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it replaces the oxygen that is in the blood; it also keeps oxygen from flowing to vital organs such as the brain and heart, among others.
Manufacturers across industries use and produce chemicals that can be harmful to humans – especially children – if ingested or used improperly in any way. Toxic exposure to paint, varnish and paint thinner by a child occurs when the victim comes into contact with dangerous chemicals and is injured. Studies show that more than 75,000 chemicals are presently registered with the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Only a fraction of these thousands of chemicals have undergone appropriate testing to assess whether or not they pose any medical risk to human health.
Exposure to lead can occur in numerous ways including, lead paint poisoning. Generally this occurs when a child ingests leaded paint chips or breathes in air or dust contaminated with lead. Lead poisoning causes nausea, anemia and stomach aches – but these symptoms are often only displayed when very high levels of lead are present. For this reason, it is essential that all children be tested for lead poisoning.
According to the American Burn Association, chemical burns account for three percent of all burn center admissions. The biggest risk factor is a child’s easy access to these chemicals in the home. Children can swallow toxic substances, like drain cleaner or laundry detergent, or spill bleach on their skin. Chemical burns which occur in the eyes or to the mouth require immediate medical attention. In some instances exposure to certain chemicals, such as hydrofluoric acid, may not cause immediate pain to your child. A slow, deep pain develops with hydrofluoric acid.