Heart Contusion Claim *
What is a Contusion of the Heart?
A heart contusion, also known as a myocardial contusion, is a bruise of the heart muscle caused by a deceleration injury or blunt trauma to the anterior aspect of the chest wall. It generally occurs following some form of serious injury to the body.
What causes a heart Injury?
The most common causes of the kind of blunt trauma that would result in a myocardial contusion include:
- Automobile accidents. For example an injury involves the driver of the vehicle who strikes his or her chest on the steering wheel.
- Persons who are subject to cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR.
Falling from a height, such as 20 feet above the ground
Cardiac contusion can range in severity from mild through to severe injuries. This can also lead to other complications, especially if this condition is left untreated. It is important to note that heart contusion and bruising of the heart is different to a heart attack which is caused by a lack of blood flow. As it can often be difficult to diagnose cardiac contusion often people are unaware that they have this condition and in some cases it is only diagnosed at time of surgery. It can be difficult to determine who is liable for the cause of your injury in these cases as this will depend on the circumstances in which your injuries were sustained. However, if you sustained bruising of the heart as a result of negligence of another party, you may be entitled to seek a legal remedy.
Who is Liable?
An important step in the claims process of making a heart contusion claim * is determining who is liable for the cause of your injuries.
Road Traffic Accidents *
There is a universal expectation that all road users will follow the rules of the road so failing to do so can result in personal injuries being sustained. If there has been an obvious break in these regulations it can be easy to determine liability. Road traffic accidents * do not just involved drivers of the vehicles involved but can also affect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. It is important to note that if you have been injured as a passenger in a car you may be entitled to make a claim * against the driver of the car in which you were travelling if they were the cause of your injuries.
Accident at Work *
Those who work at a height are more at risk of sustaining injuries such as heart contusion. Employers should ensure that there are preventative measures in place in order to reduce the amount of injuries which could be sustained in the workplace. Employees should be trained on how to carry out their job correctly and in a safe manner. Failing to do so could see their employer found liable for any workplace injuries *.
Heart Contusion can be caused as a result of CPR. This will be carried out by a medical professional who will be correctly trained on how to do this. In most cases, they will not be able to prevent cardiac contusion as this will be caused by the body’s reaction to the treatment. In these cases it can be difficult to determine liability.
Bruised Heart Symptoms
- Pain and discomfort above the ribs
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Low blood pressure
- Irregular heart beat
- Heart Failure
- Abnormal chest movement while breathing
Falling from a height
Falling from a height from over 20 feet above the ground can lead to serious injuries, including heart contusion. This can also cause various other injuries and is often associated with accidents at work. Those who work at a height should take extra precautions for their health and safety. This includes ensuring that they use the correct equipment and protective gear. They should also be trained on how to carry out their work in a safe manner.
Road Traffic Accident *
Injuries to the upper body can lead to pressure to be put on the rib cage and the heart. This can cause bruising which may lead to cardiac contusion. Pressure put on the chest as a result of impact of other injuries can also cause other heart injuries and conditions. Urgent medical attention is required in these cases so as to ensure that the contusion damage is not severe.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
CPR is an emergency procedure which combines chest compression with artificial ventilation it order to manually preserve brain function until further measures can be taken. Pressure put on the chest as a result of these compressions can lead to heart contusion and bruising.
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