Tracheal Injury—Injured Windpipe

Human Trachea
By Mikael Häggström – From Gray’s anatomy., CC0, Link

What Is A Blunt Tracheal Injury?

The trachea, known as the windpipe, is part of the body’s airway system. Problems of the trachea may include narrowing or inflammatory conditions as well as blunt trauma following an accident. To assist in the evaluation of neck injuries, medical doctors divide the neck into three regions.

The larynx and trachea are the regions in the neck most likely to be exposed to trauma because of their placement in the neck area. Most of the neck is covered and protected by the head, spine or chest. However, trachea and larynx are not protected by anything other than skin. The neck also contains major blood vessels. If the vessels are damaged, torn or rupture, rapid blood loss is likely and an injury can become life threatening.

What Causes A Blunt Tracheal Injury?

Blunt neck injuries may be caused by sports accidents, bad falls, flying objects, or car accidents. Once injured, a person is unable to breathe, and may often gasp for air.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Blunt Tracheal Injury?

The scariest symptom of a tracheal injury is a choking sensation. The trachea is the main conduit of air in and out of the lungs. Difficulty breathing, coughing up blood and pain are other prominent symptoms of a neck injury. The trachea also contains the body’s vocal cords and injury to the trachea can change the voice making it hoarse.

How Is A Blunt Tracheal Injury Diagnosed?

In addition to cervical and chest x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, contrast studies of the esophagus, an interventional angiography can be performed to diagnose and treat neck trauma injuries.

How Is A F Blunt Tracheal Injury Treated?

The first step in addressing 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.

Compensation For A Blunt Tracheal Injury

If you are experiencing voice alteration, bloody saliva, and pain and tenderness in the neck after a traumatic incident like a car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident, you may have suffered from blunt tracheal injury. 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.

Did you suffer a blunt tracheal injury in an accident?  Our Boston area personal injury claims and car accident victim attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.  No-obligation. No fee if no recovery.

If you or a loved one has suffered a blunt tracheal injury because of someone else’s negligence and would like to discuss your legal options, contact an experienced Boston Personal Injury Lawyer today for a free consultation. The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan has a proven track record with over 35 years of legal experience representing victims of serious internal injuries in southeastern Massachusetts.

For a free, no-obligation case review and consultation call our law firm today at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step towards getting fair compensation for your injuries or for the loss of a loved one. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.

Free Legal Consultation, Brockton Accident Attorneys

We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to help you understand your rights and the value of your case.


Massachusetts Trachea Injury Attorneys assist motor vehicle accident victims throughout all of Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County including Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Norton; Cape Cod, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Dorchester, Lawrence, Lynn, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Roxbury and Somerville.

Related posts:

Pneumothorax — Collapsed Lung - Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Pursuing Compensation for Accident V...
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...
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 ...
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 cont...
Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Esophageal Injuries in Accident Victims
At first, victims of esophageal injury experience pain. If a perforation or tear occurs symptoms include difficulty swallowing, chest pain, and breath...
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 s...
Blunt Trauma Hepatic Injury -- The Serious Nature of a Sheared, Lacerated, or Ruptured Liver Due to ...
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 pe...
Traumatic Pancreatic Injuries are Not Common, But Always Serious
Injuries to the pancreas are not common. The pancreas is protected by many other organs. If the pancreas is injured due to blunt trauma, other organs ...
Abdominal Trauma
A laparotomy is typically performed on patients who have sustained abdominal trauma, where imaging tests such as CT scans and x-rays cannot provide a ...