Spleen Injury Claim *
The spleen is an abdominal organ which is involved in the production and removal of blood cells in most vertebrates. It also forms part of the immune system. It is in the upper part of the abdomen to the left of the stomach. Like the heart and lungs, the spleen is protected by the rib cage. It can also help to fight against certain types of bacteria that can cause both pneumonia and meningitis. The most common cause of spleen injuries claims * is a blunt trauma in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another person. In many cases, patients who have sustained a blunt abdominal trauma will also have a splenic injury *.
Who is Liable?
An important step in the claims process for a spleen injury * is determining who is liable for the cause of this injury. This will depend based on the circumstances in which the injury occurred. In most cases, these injuries are caused as a result of a road traffic accident which has caused some form of blunt force trauma on the abdomen. It is often another road user who is found liable for acting negligently and failing to follow the rules of the road. Proving liability can be quite easy in these cases if there has been an obvious breach in regulations.
If your injury was sustained because of a workplace injury * it is often your employer who is found liable for failing to ensure the health and safety of their employees. They have a duty of care to ensure that the health and safety regulations which are in place are followed. Failing to do so could mean that they are found liable for any accidents at work.
If your injury was caused as a result of a surgery error it will most likely be the medical practitioner who is found liable. These claims fall under the subject of medical negligence. They are required to ensure that they provide their patients with the highest standard of care and treatment.
Also known as Splenomegaly, an enlarged spleen is generally caused by liver disease and blood cancers, such as lymphoma and leukaemia. This can also be caused as a result of an injury. In some cases, you may not experience symptoms but they can include pain in the left side of the abdomen and feeling full quickly after eating.
Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease is a disorder of the blood which is inherited from anaemia. It is caused by inherited abnormal haemoglobin. This causes sickled red blood cells. These red blood cells block the blood flow through the vessels which can lead to organ damage, including injuries and damage to the spleen. In order to prevent illness and infection, which the spleen would have help to fight, immunisations will be needed.
A ruptured spleen is the most serious type of this injury and in most cases it is caused by a trauma or blow to the left upper abdomen or left lower chest. This can occur as a result of sports injuries and road traffic accidents. A spleen may not rupture immediately after the force trauma but in some cases days or weeks after the injury. In addition to experiencing pain and bruising, the injured person can go into shock leading to internal blood loss and low blood pressure. In these cases, immediate medical attention is required.
This is bruising of the spleen which is caused by a direct impact to the upper left abdomen. It can be quite common following a slip and fall or road traffic accident. These injuries are no very severe but can still leave the injured person with pain and discomfort. A bruised spleen generally heals itself but this condition should be closely monitored by a medical professional.
This means that you have a low platelet count. Platelets are the cells in your blood which stick to each other to help your blood clot. When your spleen becomes enlarged it can store excessive amounts of your body’s platelets which can leave very few circulating around the bloodstream.
Road Traffic Accident *
Road traffic accidents * are the most common cause of spleen injuries as they can create a blunt force trauma on the abdomen and chest. These injuries can be sustained by drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Depending on how serious the accident is, injuries may range in severity and can affect people in different ways.
Sports Injuries *
Due to the physical nature of many sports it is often difficult to prevent injuries from being sustained. As a result of this many people can experience blunt force trauma to any part of their body, leading to spleen injuries if hit in the chest and abdomen area. This can leave the injured person unable to participate in their sport for some time.
Slips, trips and falls *
Falling from a height can lead to spleen and many other types if injuries. As the most common cause of these injuries is a blunt trauma it is common that it can be caused by thus type of accident. These accidents can occur in many environments but are commonly associated with accidents at work and accidents in public places.
Infections and illness can also lead to spleen injuries, especially enlarged spleen. This is generally caused by liver disease or blood cancers, including leukaemia. These infections can cause the spleen to swell making it many times larger than the normal size.
Surgery Errors *
Errors made during surgery is a form of medical negligence which is not very common but can still occur in a small number of cases. This can include operating on the wrong site or failing to achieve the intended results. This can lead to various injuries and can leave the patient with a feeling of pain and discomfort in the chest and abdomen area.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
If you would like to find out more information on the topic of spleen injury claims * or the process involved in making a claim, you can contact our solicitors on 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a confidential discussion.
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