Can a car crash cause an aortic dissection?

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Yes. An aortic dissection can occur during a car crash in one of two ways. Either you can suffer chest trauma by hitting your chest against the steering wheel, dashboard, or seat in front of you, or safety equipment, such as a seatbelt or airbag, that is supposed to protect you from serious car accident injuries can cause an aortic dissection. The risk for an aortic dissection is higher if you already have an aortic aneurysm, or bulging of the aorta, before the crash.

An Aortic Dissection Is a Medical Emergency

An aortic dissection occurs when there is a rip or a tear in the aorta. The aorta is the largest artery in the body, and it provides oxygen to the bloodstream. According to the Mayo Clinic, an aortic dissection can cause:

  • Organ failure
  • Stroke
  • Damage to the aortic valve or the lining around the heart
  • Death

The initial symptoms of an aortic dissection may be similar to a heart attack. You may feel intense pain or pressure. It is important to get immediate medical attention and to let your doctor know that you were in a car crash so that all appropriate tests may be done, an accurate diagnosis may be made, and the right treatments can begin. Treatment for an aortic dissection may include surgery and medications. As a result of the injury, you may be out of work and unable to participate in the everyday activities you enjoy.

Protect Your Recovery After a Car Crash Aortic Dissection

If someone else’s negligence caused the car accident that led to your aortic dissection, you may be able to pursue a legal recovery. That recovery should include your full and fair compensation for things such as past and future medical costs, lost income, out of pocket expenses, physical pain, and emotional suffering. If your loved one died from a Louisville car accident related aortic dissection, you may also be able to recover damages in a wrongful death action.

Our experienced car accident lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free consultation about your legal rights and possible recovery. Please contact us online or call our office directly at 888.450.4456 to learn more.

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