Aortic dissection, a potentially fatal condition, can be caused by airbags or seat belts in serious and high-speed car accidents. Aortic dissection can also potentially occur when a victim’s chest experiences considerable trauma, for example when hitting the steering wheel or dashboard in an accident.
If you or a loved one suffered a devastating aortic dissection in an accident, you should consider seeking legal advice immediately to learn more about your legal rights as you may have a case and could recover compensation. Call and speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Tyroler Injury Law today for a free case evaluation: (651) 259-1113.
What Is an Aortic Dissection?
An aortic dissection can be fatal, particularly if treatment is delayed due to misdiagnosis by an emergency room physician. Since aortic dissections and car accidents are known to sometimes go hand in hand, medical professionals should be particularly vigilant if an individual shows any symptoms that could point to an aortic dissection.
According to the Mayo Clinic, aortic dissection is a serious medical condition that occurs when the aorta tears. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the human body and runs from the heart through the chest and abdomen. Aortic dissection is, in many cases, fatal. Early detection can improve survival rates, however, an aortic dissection can easily be mistaken for other conditions such as a heart attack. This can delay adequate treatment for the condition. Symptoms of aortic dissection can include:
- Severe chest or upper back pain
- Difficulty with speech
- Loss of vision
- Severe abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Leg pain and paralysis
- Problems with walking
Any delay in diagnosing the condition can potentially lead to multiple organ failures. Lack of oxygenated blood flow to organs can cause catastrophic injuries such as permanent brain damage, heart attacks, and amputations, among others. Car accident victims who are experiencing aortic dissection may believe that they are having a heart attack. Emergency treatment of aortic dissection is crucial for survival.
Since misdiagnosis can be a problem with aortic dissections and car accidents, and can potentially cause death, victims may have legal recourse against a negligent driver and a potential medical malpractice claim. It can be important to find professional legal help if you suffered catastrophic injuries or a loved one died due to an undiagnosed aortic dissection, as you could have several avenues for pursuing damages.
Compensation for Aortic Dissections
Aortic dissection, if not fatal, can potentially lead to a range of catastrophic injuries and change the life of an accident victim forever. However, you may have the legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses against the following parties.
While car accidents can happen due to a variety of causes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that around 94 percent of all car accidents happen due to driver error or negligence. Negligent behaviors and actions can include:
- Driving too fast
- Driving distracted
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Running red lights and violating other traffic laws
- Failing to yield
- Driving generally recklessly
Victims who experienced an accident with a reckless or careless driver and suffered serious injuries could have legal recourse and recover compensation with a personal injury lawsuit. Close relatives of those who passed away due to aortic dissection could potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit and recover damages as well.
Although medical malpractice claims can be legally challenging and lengthy to litigate, you could potentially recover damages if a medical professional misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose aortic dissection. If a loved one died, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer can help assess your options for legal recourse. Call our legal team at Tyroler Injury Law to learn more about your legal rights and have your questions answered.
Amounts of Compensation
There is no such thing as an average settlement, as all car accident claims are unique. However, the amount of compensation and types of damages victims could receive will depend, among other factors, on the extent and severity of their aortic dissection and associated injuries.
In a personal injury lawsuit, victims could potentially receive the following types of compensation:
- Healthcare costs and future healthcare costs
- Loss of income now and in the future
- Medical equipment and devices
- Pain and suffering
- A home health aide
- Transportation costs
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of life enjoyment
In a wrongful death claim, the survivors could be entitled to a range of damages, including loss of income and benefits from the deceased, burial and funeral expenses, and others.
How Tyroler Injury Law Can Help
Aortic dissections and car accidents can have tragic consequences. Facing a serious injury such as aortic dissection can be devastating and may have consequences for the rest of your life. Losing a loved one unexpectedly in an accident that happened due to a negligent driver can be heartbreaking. While no amount of compensation can restore health or bring back your loved one, receiving your due can help you go on with your life without suffering additional stresses such as financial hardship.
An experienced and compassionate personal injury lawyer can help individuals who suffered injuries in a serious accident and now face physical pain, emotional turmoil, and sky-high expenses as a result. Ways in which Tyroler Injury Law could help you recover compensation and receive justice can include:
Assessing Your Total Compensation Amount
Many victims in accidents may not know what their claim is worth and how to calculate subjective damages such as pain and suffering or loss of quality of life. However, if you suffered catastrophic injuries, your suffering and subjective losses may be a large portion of a settlement. Our legal team can calculate all your damages and help fight for a fair settlement on your behalf.
Gather the Evidence for Proving Your Claim
If you intend to recover compensation from the at-fault party in your accident, you will have to provide conclusive evidence that shows negligence. A seasoned personal injury lawyer knows where to find the crucial evidence to prove negligence and build a comprehensive case against the at-fault party.
Other Ways Tyroler Injury Law Can Help You
We can also help our clients with the following:
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Collecting proof for damages and expenses
- Filing a court case
- Presenting a case strongly at trial
You do not have to deal with getting justice and compensation on your own. Tyroler Injury Law can work for you on a no-win-no-fee basis, without charging any upfront attorney’s fees. While you are recovering and concentrating on getting better, we can work tirelessly to recover what you deserve and need. Call us now to schedule your free case review at (651) 259-1113.