A pulmonary embolism is a serious, often fatal medical emergency. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot blocks the pulmonary veins that connect the heart and lungs, obstructing blood flow. This blockage can cause portions of the lung to be starved of nutrients and die. Sometimes this blockage is painless, so it is important to seek medical attention after a car accident.
Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing. If left untreated, a pulmonary embolism can result in death.
These types of blood clots commonly form as a result of damage to the veins in the legs. These types of clots are referred to as a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. However, there are other ways potentially deadly blood clots can form in the body.
Car Accidents Can Cause Blood Clots. Don’t Let it Turn into a Pulmonary Embolism
It’s not unusual for a person to suffer internal injuries during an accident. If there is internal bleeding, blood clots are likely to form. Like a DVT, these clots can travel to pulmonary arteries causing pulmonary embolism after a car accident.
This is why it’s so important to seek medical attention immediately following a car accident. Blood clots are often painless; if you don’t get medical treatment right away, you may not realize you have one until it’s too late. Thankfully, blood clots can be effectively treated using blood-thinning medications or through surgical procedures before they become a danger.
Blood clots can also cause problems when they enter the heart or brain as well.
It’s Always Important to Seek Medical Treatment and Examination After an Accident
At Rivas Law Group, we recommend that everyone get medical treatment or examination, even if they don’t believe they have been injured. Blood clots and other accident-related injuries may not manifest themselves until hours or even days after the car accident took place.
If your accident-related blood clots have resulted in injuries due to a pulmonary embolism, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages if you can show the other driver’s negligence was responsible for your car accident.
Recovering Losses After An Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault
Florida state law allows persons injured in an accident to recover the losses caused by their injuries. This can include:
- Present and ongoing medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
If the costs of your accident-related injuries exceed your PIP coverage, you may have to file an injury claim against the other driver’s insurance company.
Rivas Law Group is here to help you get all the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Lakeland personal injury attorney Tania Rivas has represented clients throughout Central Florida, including Lakeland, Lutz, and Winter Haven after they were injured due to the negligence of another. She is dedicated to getting you however much it takes to return your life as closely as possible to the way it was before the auto accident.
Contact Rivas Law Group today to schedule a free, no-obligation introductory consultation with Tania Rivas to discuss your case. Tania handles personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means there are no up-front costs to her clients, and she only collects a fee after she’s won your case.