In New Jersey, car accidents often lead to injuries, some more serious than others. Many times, these personal injuries are not immediately apparent and may take days or weeks to manifest. This is especially true for myocardial contusion, a serious internal injury that you can mistake for less serious conditions, like muscle pain.
What is a myocardial contusion?
Myocardial contusion is a type of heart injury that occurs when the chest gets hit with great force, causing the heart muscle to bruise. The severity of the bruise can range from mild to severe, and in some cases, myocardial contusion can be fatal.
What are the signs and symptoms of myocardial contusion?
The signs and symptoms of myocardial contusion can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Milder cases may cause chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and fatigue. More severe cases may cause arrhythmias, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrest.
If you have been in a car accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away, even if you do not think you’re injured. Many times, the signs and symptoms of myocardial contusion do not appear until hours or days after the initial injury.
What damages can you recover if you have myocardial contusion?
If you have been diagnosed with a myocardial contusion, you may be able to recover personal injury damages for your personal injury, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one due to myocardial contusion, you may also be able to recover wrongful death damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it’s important to know your legal rights and options. You should also be aware of the signs and symptoms of myocardial contusion and seek medical attention immediately to avoid further complications.