Traumatic Cardiac Arrest
Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart ceases to pump blood to a victim’s body. This condition is a medical emergency that requires immediate assistance. Each year, more than 300,000 people nationwide suffer a cardiac arrest. A traumatic cardiac arrest results from either a severe impact or another kind of outside influence, such as an accident involving the negligence of someone else. The Miami catastrophic injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon assist victims and loved ones in South Florida who are dealing with the impact of a traumatic cardiac arrest. Whether you have been injured in a car or truck accident, a slip and fall, or another accident, Robert Dixon and his staff can protect your right to compensation from any responsible parties.Causes of Traumatic Cardiac Arrest
Traumatic cardiac arrest occurs when a penetrating injury to the chest causes a victim’s heart to stop beating. This injury has a high fatality rate, and people who do survive often face significant neurological complications. A traumatic cardiac arrest may be caused by a variety of negligent actions. One common example is a car accident in which a victim is propelled against a dashboard or a steering wheel, or in which glass or other debris penetrates the victim’s thoracic area. Other situations in which these injuries may result include slip and falls, truck and motorcycle collisions, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and incidents involving defective products.
Sometimes an accident will cause traumatic cardiac contusions, which later may result in cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, cardiac contusions are not as readily diagnosable, since symptoms of bruising and chest pain may be indicative of several different ailments. Seeking immediate medical attention after any type of accident is imperative in ensuring that your injuries are diagnosed swiftly and properly.Proving Liability for an Accident Through a Negligence Claim
The long-term effects of traumatic cardiac arrest may include rehabilitation and adjusting to changes in a victim’s neurological functions. These effects may also be costly, and filing a successful personal injury lawsuit against a negligent defendant may aid in reducing the financial burden. In situations in which a victim has died as a result of traumatic cardiac arrest, their family members may pursue a wrongful death action against the responsible parties. In either claim, the victim or the family usually must establish negligence, meaning that the defendant’s actions constituted a breach of a duty owed to the victim, causing their injuries or death.
In terms of operating a motor vehicle, for example, drivers owe other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists a duty to act as a reasonable and prudent driver would behave. For instance, if a driver speeds through a stop sign, striking a pedestrian, that driver likely would be found negligent. A property owner that fails to adequately inspect its property and address dangers that are discovered also likely would be liable to a victim who is hurt as a result. Compensation in personal injury cases may be awarded for medical bills, loss of income, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Wrongful death claims may result in other forms of compensation, such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium, and loss of support.Consult a Miami Lawyer When Pursuing a Catastrophic Injury Claim
The Miami catastrophic injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are dedicated to making sure that victims of traumatic cardiac arrest and their families have their voices heard. We offer compassionate and experienced legal representation at all steps of the legal journey. If you or a loved one has suffered traumatic cardiac arrest due to any type of accident, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to set up a free appointment with a personal injury or wrongful death attorney. Our firm offers legal guidance to people throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, including in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.