What to Do If You Have Suffered a Blood Clot After a Car Accident
When we have a cut or external injury and we are bleeding, our bodies have a marvelous way of healing themselves by forming blood clots that staunch the blood loss. Unfortunately, a blood clot can also be a bad thing. When blood clots form internally following a traumatic injury such as a car accident, they are largely undetected until they start to cause pain and have the potential to cause serious damage and even sudden death. Blood clots can happen to people at any age and kill an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 Americans every year. They can form in the legs and cause pulmonary embolism or in the brain and cause intracranial hemorrhage. If you or someone you love has suffered a blood clot after a car accident, you may be eligible for additional compensation for your medical expenses and the damages that you’ve suffered. Call the personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law to discuss your case.
Frequently people who have been in an automobile accident suffer traumatic injuries such as broken bones. Other victims may suffer head injuries. After these injuries are treated they may believe that they are on the road to recovery and not realize that they are at risk for further damage caused by a blood clot. Some blood clots form in the legs. These are called deep venous thrombosis (DVT). This type of clot has the potential to travel through your arteries up to your lungs, where it can cause a pulmonary embolism. Deep venous thrombosis is caused by trauma and is then exacerbated by immobility. Symptoms include swelling of the leg where the clot initially forms, pain, discoloration and warmth. In some cases you may be able to actually feel the clot like a hard lump in your leg. Unfortunately, many car accident victims are not aware of the risk of DVT and believe that the symptoms that they are experiencing are simply from the original injury.
Other clots form in the brain following an accident. These are particularly dangerous because they can cause pressure to build within the skull, eventually causing pressure on the brain. The only way to properly diagnose a blood clot is to have an ultrasound or cat scan done to confirm its presence, and then the condition can be treated. Clots in the legs are treated through the use of anti-clotting drugs known as blood thinners, while clots in the brain generally require surgery. When a blood clot is not properly diagnosed and treated it can lead to a life-threatening condition.
If you have suffered a blood clot after a car accident, and you believe that the accident was a result of negligence on the part of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and expenses that you sustained. Call the personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Attorneys at Law for more information about how we can help.
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