Thoracostomy in an Auto Accident

Thoracostomy in an Auto Accident

Thoracostomy in an Auto Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Car Accident Lawyer in Sacramento. Someone who suffers chest trauma in an auto accident could require surgical intervention. One of the procedures that medical professionals might perform is called a thoracostomy. A recent case report served as an example of the benefits and dangers that a thoracostomy can present. The report described a severe injury that a young driver received in a car accident. While driving down the interstate, his car hit a concrete barrier and spun out. In the process of spinning, his vehicle was struck in the driver’s door. The window shattered, and the driver suffered numerous serious injuries. Because of the severe nature of the accident, EMS was called. On evaluation, they realized that he had experienced chest trauma and was struggling to breathe. He was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. On arrival, he was found to have a collapsed lung. A chest tube was placed to remove the trapped air and re-inflate the lung, a procedure called a tube thoracostomy. Sadly, further problems developed.

Dangers of a Thoracostomy

Shortly after re-inflating the lung, the gentleman’s heart rate started to rise, and his blood pressure began to fall. He was placed on medications and provided with extra blood. He was taken for further imaging and was discovered to have a rare anatomical defect involving his blood vessels. When the chest tube was placed, this defect was actually punctured, leading to significant blood loss. The patient was rushed to the operating room so that the bleeding could be stopped and the mistake could be repaired. Fortunately, this individual made a full recovery and was able to return home. This case report shows just how dangerous any medical procedure can be. Every process has risks and, while some are necessary, others can be avoided. It is always important to have a full patient evaluation before initiating any procedure because this can help prevent complications from occurring.

Help from a Lawyer

Once someone has recovered from a severe complication involving a medical procedure, it is essential to look at the entire picture. A thorough investigation of the accident should be performed, and medical records should be reviewed. For assistance as with this, meeting with a car accident attorney in Sacramento is a good idea. An experienced lawyer can help walk a family through their options, helping them assess the situation and make a decision that is in their best interests.

Related Articles 

Sacramento Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Car Accident Lawyer in Sacramento. If you have suffered lung damage as a consequence of an auto accident, please call me at (916) 921-6400. I can share friendly, free legal advice. You can also call (800) 404-5400.

I am proud to be a part of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Our members have won verdicts and settlements over $1 million for our clients.

Please take a look at our verdicts or settlements.

You can see our client reviews on AvvoGoogleYelp.

Image Sourcing: Unsplash 

:dr cha [cs 522] cv

Client Reviews

  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation.
  • Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything.
  • Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime.
  • I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone.
  • Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury.