Throat injuries can extremely dangerous and life threatening. If you or a family member suffered a serious throat injury anywhere in California, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to arrange for a consultation and case evaluation at no cost whatsoever to you.
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Types of Throat Injuries
A serious throat injury can be suffered in a number of ways. First, the injury might be caused by external blunt trauma like getting hit in the front of the neck in an auto, motorcycle or bicycle accident. External trauma might also be penetrating when a foreign object penetrates the throat. A throat injury might also be internal, like swallowing a metal shard or piece oi glass. What makes these injuries so dangerous is the damage that they can do to the airway, arteries, blood vessels, vocal cords, esophagus and nerves of the throat.
Some Symptoms of a Throat Injury
Throat injury victims share some common symptoms. Those usually include the following:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Coughing and spitting up blood.
- Throat swelling.
- Speech difficulty.
- Difficulty swallowing.
Call 911 Right Away
Immediate emergency medical care should be sought for any serious throat injury. By just calling 911 and asking for paramedics to be dispatched to the scene, you’ll obtain emergency assistance from professionals who are experienced in clearing airways and providing oxygen until such time as the victim can be transported to and treated in an emergency room. That three-digit call can save a life.
Until Paramedics Get There
Here are a few things that you can do until such time as paramedics arrive. Keep the victim in a semi-upright position. That’s going to reduce blood flow to the throat. Shift his or her head back. This will assist breathing. If the victim vomits, move him or her on their side and try to remove whatever might be in their mouth. This will help clear airways. Should the victim stop breathing, perform CPR.
At The Hospital
As a result of bleeding and airway obstruction, there is little time for emergency room personnel to respond. Being fully aware of that fact, the American Academy of Otolaryngology has developed easily accessible diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines for examining and treating throat injury patients in emergency rooms until such time as a specialist can attend to the patient.
Contact a California Personal Injury Lawyer
A serious throat injury can cause permanent brain damage or death if not attended to immediately. If you or a family member suffered a serious throat injury as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else anywhere in California, contact us here at Maison Law to arrange for that free consultation and case review. If we’re retained to represent you, no legal fees are due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Our objective is to maximize any proceeds that our clients might derive.