Posts made in June 2020

Four Common Car Accident Injuries

While many car accidents result only in minor cuts and bruises, others can sometimes cause serious personal injuries. Because of physical forces, positioning, and other factors, some types of injuries occur more often than others. Understanding the symptoms of common car accident injuries can help you determine when to seek medical care after a collision.

Soft Tissue Injuries

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These injuries affect the tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the body, also known as soft tissue. The sudden impact that happens in a collision often damages the soft tissue in the head and neck, causing whiplash. Sprains to the middle and lower back are also common since the impact imposes sudden movement on the spine. Pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility characterize the soft tissue injuries that occur in a car accident.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

When the head collides with the window, dashboard, or steering wheel in a car accident, traumatic brain injury can result. Depending on the speed and force, the effects of these injuries can range from a concussion to a long-lasting coma. Some individuals experience permanent issues with cognitive function. See a doctor right away if you or a loved one displays unconsciousness, confusion, vision problems, hearing loss, mood changes, forgetfulness, or severe headaches after a collision.

Broken Bones

Temporary or permanent disability can result from severe bone fractures. Common car accident fractures include injuries to the arms, legs, skull, and spinal vertebrae. When broken ribs occur, the person may also have injuries to the internal organs.

Psychological Damage

Doctors are just beginning to understand the long-term mental health effects a traumatic event like a car accident can cause. A serious injury can result in post-traumatic stress disorder, which can cause symptoms that interfere with normal functions at work, school, and home. Auto accident injuries are also associated with psychological conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

If you become unable to work and pay medical bills after a serious injury, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Pennsylvania residents can file a legal claim for the costs associated with an accident in which another driver was at fault. For a consultation about your case, contact D’Amico Law Offices, LLC. Call 412-906-8180 to talk to our experienced attorneys serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.

What Is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer that grows in the mesothelium, a thin tissue that lines most of the body’s organs. Most cases of mesothelioma result from workplace exposure to asbestos. This disease spreads aggressively and does not have a cure.

The Risk for Mesothelioma

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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in the earth and used in the construction industry because of its strong fibers. For example, it is often a component of flooring, roofing, and insulation. The dust created when asbestos is disrupted may be swallowed or inhaled by those who are exposed. Over time, these dust particles create cell changes that cause mesothelioma. This process occurs very slowly. Many people who have mesothelioma are not diagnosed for two to six decades after exposure, according to mesotheliomahelp.org.

Not everyone who comes into contact with asbestos gets mesothelioma. If you have lived with someone who worked with asbestos, you may also be at risk. Risk is also higher for those with a family history of this cancer and those who have had chest radiotherapy to treat previous cancer.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The Mesothelioma Center reports that signs of this type of cancer vary depending on the affected organs. Pleural mesothelioma, which grows in the lung tissue, causes coughing, pain while coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, and skin lumps on the chest. Peritoneal mesothelioma, affecting the abdomen, causes abdominal pain and swelling as well as nausea. Both types of mesothelioma result in unexplained weight loss. Though mesothelioma can affect other organs, such as the heart and testicles, these cases are quite rare.

Treating Mesothelioma

While no cure exists for this cancer, treatments can help reduce complications and discomfort. Without treatment, a person who has mesothelioma will have trouble breathing and swallowing, increased pain, and fluid accumulation in the chest cavity.

Treatment options depend on how much the cancer has spread as well as the person’s individual health goals. Your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the affected tissue and built-up fluid, which can make it easier to breathe and reduce the pain associated with mesothelioma. For some patients, chemotherapy or radiation to kill the cancer cells may be appropriate, along with newer treatment modalities such as immunotherapy.

Were you exposed to asbestos while employed in construction, shipbuilding, steel, or another industry? You may be eligible for legal damages if your employer acted negligently and risked worker safety. D’Amico Law Offices, LLC assists clients in Pittsburgh with personal injury cases, including mesothelioma lawsuits. Call 412-906-8180 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.