Traumatic Cardiac Arrest

Diligently Pursuing Compensation for Victims of Negligent Drivers Who Suffer a Heart Attack

If you have ever been involved in a serious auto accident, you know that a collision can be one of the most stressful experiences imaginable. The impact of a collision can cause vehicle occupants to experience cardiac arrest related to the trauma of the crash. According to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, twenty percent of cardiac arrest patients treated in the emergency room experience their condition after blunt force trauma to the heart. Blunt cardiac injury refers to a condition caused by blunt trauma to the heart often experienced in a motor vehicle collision. The severity of the condition can range from clinically unremarkable transient arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm) to fatal rupture of the cardiac wall.

Serious Car Accident Injuries Merit Experienced Legal Representation

When you are the victim of a motorist, who fails to obey traffic safety laws or exercise reasonable care and prudence when operating a vehicle, trauma to the heart can be life-threatening. Our Chicago car accident traumatic cardiac arrest lawyers diligently advocate for crash victims and their families. We are committed to holding parties whose conduct causes injury to others responsible while obtaining the fullest compensation for accident victims. When you or someone you love suffers a heart attack caused by the impact and trauma of a collision, this potentially fatal injury justifies obtaining legal representation from experienced attorneys. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our traffic accident lawyers have over 45 years of experience representing collision victims who suffer severe injuries. Because we have recovered over forty million dollars for our clients, our results in successful settlements and verdicts speak volumes about the tenacity with which we fight for our clients.

Understanding the Mechanism behind Blunt Cardiac Injuries

Although the heart is protected by the bony enclosure of the sternum and ribs, significant force to the chest from a car accident can result in trauma to the heart. The most frequent incidence of blunt cardiac injuries involves traffic collisions and pedestrians struck by vehicles. Aside from trauma to the chest, cardiac arrest also can be triggered by severe abdominal compression which causes a rapid spike in blood flow to the heart from the inferior vena cava. This massive increase in intracardiac pressure might cause the chamber to rupture.

Importance of Immediate Medical Attention

While auto accident victims are advised to seek medical attention following any collision where they experience even minor symptoms, trauma to the chest makes a visit to the hospital even more imperative. Blunt cardiac injuries can be tricky for crash victims to recognize and doctors to diagnose. Although you might suffer chest pain, this discomfort often is attributed to chest wall injuries from hitting the steering wheel or dashboard. The symptoms of traumatic cardiac conditions also can be confused with shock. If collision victims communicate all symptoms no matter how minor they seem at the time and inform doctors of trauma to their chest, emergency room physicians can run tests to detect traumatic cardiac arrest.

Talk to a Cook County Auto Accident Traumatic Cardiac Injury Attorney

Our Cook County traumatic cardiac injury attorneys work closely with experts to develop a strong claim based on the law and facts when pursuing the maximum recovery for our clients. Insurance companies often dispute the cause of cardiac arrest following a collision. The insurance company might argue that the heart attack was caused by diet, lifestyle, or pre-existing medical problems rather than physical trauma suffered in a car accident. Our law firm offers vast experience and a proven track record of obtaining large verdicts and settlements for our clients. We invite you to contact us today at (312) 422-0509 or email us to schedule your free case evaluation.

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