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Aortic Injuries Due to a Car Accident

  • An aortic injury is among the most devastating injuries that can occur in car accidents. In fact, aortic ruptures from blunt chest trauma are a leading cause of fatal injuries.

    Because most victims do not survive long enough to be treated, aortic injuries are a common cause of death in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents.


    Aortic Ruptures Can Cause Serious Harm

    Tears in the aorta are almost always catastrophic. Often, they’re fatal. The only way most victims can survive a ruptured aorta is immediate surgery. When the injury is not fatal, you can lose a large amount of blood, causing other complications and neurological damage and leaving you in dire medical condition.

    Surviving victims can be be permanently disabled and in need of lifelong treatment or care.


    Symptoms of Aortic Injuries After a Car Accident

    The aorta supplies the rest of the body with oxygen-rich blood. When the force of impact from a car accident causes a tear or rip in the inner lining of the aorta, blood leaks, causing the layers to separate and potentially burst.

    A ruptured aorta requires immediate medical attention for the patient to survive the accident.

    Car accident victims who have an aortic injury may experience the following symptoms:

    • Intense, stabbing chest pain
    • Severe pain below the chest bone that travels to shoulder or back.
    • Sharp pain in the shoulder, jaw, neck, abdomen, or hips, depending on where the tear in the aorta is.


    We Can Help You

    If you have lost a loved one to an aortic injury from a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, or if you are one of the fortunate victims to survive this traumatic event, a lawyer from Bohn & Fletcher, LLP can help you recover the compensation you’re entitled to. Contact us online or call 408-279-4222 to set up a free consultation.