Car Accidents and Heart Related Injuries

Drive Safe, Your Heart Is Depending on it

When you are involved in a car accident you are susceptible to a variety of injuries that could potentially affect your overall health and quality of life. Though the majority of injuries obtained in car crashes affect areas of the body such as the back, head, neck, arms and legs, there are instances where internal injuries are sustained, like brain injuries and injuries to the heart. Heart-related injuries in car accidents are often especially hard to detect and challenging to treat.

Heart-related injuries in motor vehicle crashes can occur in a number of ways, though more often than not occur as a result of chest impact on the steering wheel. Injuries often go undetected due to the lack of visible external wounds and because the injured individual may not have noticeable symptoms. It may take weeks or even months for symptoms appear. 

The most common heart-related injuries sustained from car accidents are myocardial contusions and Traumatic Aortic Disruption. A myocardial contusion is the bruising of the heart muscle. This type of injury can range from mild to severe and is usually the result of chest to steering wheel impact. Symptoms of a myocardial contusion may include but are not limited to chest pain or pressure, a sensation of a racing heartbeat, as well as nausea and vomiting.

A traumatic aortic rupture is another dangerous heart injury that can occur during a car crash. This condition involves the aorta, the largest artery in the body, being torn or ruptured. Since the aorta supplies blood to the rest of the body, this injury can cause the blood to pump very quickly. The prolonged profuse bleeding caused by this type of injury can be fatal. However, if caught and treated early enough, it can be corrected.

Damage to the heart must be taken seriously. Those suffering from heart-related injuries are often forced to make major adjustments to their day-to-day lives, and some never fully recover. When these life-changing injuries occur due to someone else’s negligence, it’s crucial that they’re held accountable. Holding reckless drivers accountable not only allows injured individuals to collect the compensation they deserve, but it also sends a powerful message to those who fail to drive safely.

If you or someone you know has sustained a heart-related injury in a car accident us today. Our team of personal injury lawyers has decades of experience representing seriously injured individuals.

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