Heart Injury? What You Need to Know

Posted by Tentinger Law Firm

A heart injury is a serious and life-altering event. When your heart isn’t working correctly due to an injury, your quality of life is affected. You may discover you can’t do the things you used to. If the damage is severe enough, you may be unable to work. Heart problems can cause palpitations, make you winded, and cause you to be exhausted through just a bit of exertion.

Things can change quickly for you once you’ve been diagnosed with a heart injury. You may have to have one or multiple surgeries and spend weeks or months on the mend.

If your heart injury is due to somebody else’s malice or negligence, you may be able to hold them responsible and get compensation for your injury.

Types of Heart Injuries

The heart is the strongest and arguably the most important muscle of the body. Without it, blood would not pump through your veins or deliver vital nutrients.

The most common type of heart injury (and sometimes overlooked) is a contusion of the heart. This type of injury usually occurs due to blunt force trauma. Blunt force trauma can occur when a large object hits a person when they are injured in a car or construction accident, and through other circumstances. It’s pretty common to have this type of injury as a result of hitting the steering wheel of a car, which is why carmakers now use airbags in the manufacturing of vehicles. Unfortunately, you may not realize you have an injury until months after an accident. Blunt injuries to the heart can bruise the heart muscle, rupture the heart’s walls, or damage a heart valve, according to Merck Manual.

The second type of heart injury comes from a wound. When a person is stabbed, shot, or impaled by an object, there can be a severe wound of the heart. Many types of construction work accidents can result in these types of injuries. You may also be the victim of a crime that causes a heart injury.

Many heart injuries require surgery, significant time off from work, and even physical rehabilitation depending on the nature of the damage. Even when there has been surgery, the injured person will likely need to visit a cardiologist for life to monitor their health.

An injured heart can have issues years after the injury and even require surgery or other treatment.

Life After a Heart Injury

After a heart injury, your life is often permanently altered. You can hold a person or entity responsible for your injury in court if the damage is caused by another. Coping with life-changing health decisions, surgeries, and other medical procedures can feel overwhelming. You should be able to focus on yourself and your needs while your attorney helps you bring your case to a court.

An experienced personal injury attorney can assess more than just your physical injury. Other life changes will be taken into consideration when building your case.

You may worry about the costs of your injury or the effect it will have on your family’s life. For example, you may have been the primary caregiver in the family, but now other people will need to care for you. Your family members may take time off from work to help you as you recover. Your family could lose income as a result of your injury.

There are probably other adjustments you’ll have to make as you adapt to life after heart injury. You may be permanently disabled and unable to work. If you worked in a job that required a lot of physical exertion, you might not be able to return to it.

If a person outside of yourself caused your injury through malice or neglect, you deserve compensation.

Finding the Right Attorney

You need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to help you get the compensation you deserve. We can help you anticipate future medical costs and other life changes. Our skilled attorneys will help you build the most robust case possible to outline the extent of your pain and suffering due to your heart injury. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help you.