Traumatic Cardiac Arrest
If the heart stops pumping blood to your body, this is considered cardiac arrest, which requires immediate medical care. However, if you suffer a penetrating injury to the chest that causes your heart to stop beating, this is considered traumatic cardiac arrest. There is a high fatality rate associated with traumatic cardiac arrest, and it may be a result of negligence or intentional misconduct. If you suffer traumatic cardiac arrest, or if your loved one dies of this condition in Tennessee or a neighboring state, you may be able to recover compensation from someone whose negligence caused it. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Memphis injury lawyers can help you file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit for damages, depending on facts of your situation.Understanding Traumatic Cardiac Arrest
Traumatic cardiac arrest may arise in many different situations, including car crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, defective products, assault, and medical malpractice. For example, if a truck hits a bicyclist with sufficient force that the victim is thrown into a fixed object, the result may be traumatic cardiac arrest. Similarly, if someone is assaulted with a sharp object that penetrates the chest, such as a knife, the result may be cardiac arrest. In some cases, an accident results in traumatic cardiac contusions, and only later do these develop into cardiac arrest. It is crucial to get medical care after an accident, since bruising and chest pain may be more serious than they may initially seem.
Traumatic cardiac arrest may change an accident victim's life forever. It may alter neurological functions and require rehabilitation. When an accident victim dies as a result of traumatic cardiac arrest, dependent family members may be unsure of how to pay their mortgage or afford groceries, childcare, and other expenses to which the decedent's income contributed.When traumatic cardiac arrest is a result of negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, it may be possible to recover the costs associated with it by bringing a civil lawsuit against the wrongdoer.
You may only recover damages if you can establish liability. Most motor vehicle accidents, for example, are results of driver negligence. This requires you to show that the defendant did not drive safely, and because of this, you were injured. For example, if a truck driver runs a red light and hits a motorcycle rider in an intersection, resulting in the motorcyclist hitting a rock on the ground with some force, it is likely true that the truck driver running the red light was the cause of their traumatic cardiac arrest. If the motorcyclist passes away, their family members may be able to sue the truck driver and trucking company for wrongful death. They may be able to establish negligence per se in such a case, which means that they can show that the truck driver or trucking company violated a safety regulation that was designed to protect a group that included the victim and prevent the type of harm that resulted.
Compensation that you may be able to recover after suffering non-fatal traumatic cardiac arrest due to someone else's negligence or misconduct includes medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, mental anguish, household services, and pain and suffering. A family who loses a loved one due to traumatic cardiac arrest caused by negligence or other wrongful behavior may be able to recover compensation for their loss of support, funeral and burial expenses, and medical bills. Each state has its own rules regarding who may bring a wrongful death claim and what they may recover, but generally it is family members who bring these claims.Retain an Experienced Memphis Attorney for Your Personal Injury Claim
After experiencing traumatic cardiac arrest, your life and the lives of your family members may be permanently changed. We may be able to help you recover damages to alleviate some of the harm that has been done to you. Our Memphis firm employs over 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, serving clients throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi, including in Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Caruthersville, Haiti, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 1-800-529-4004 or complete our online form to set up a free appointment with a personal injury attorney or wrongful death lawyer. NST is the way to go.