Medical professionals use the term polytrauma to describe a patient who has sustained at least two traumatic injuries. The effects of these injuries can be devastating for you and your loved ones for the rest of your lives. If you or a loved one has suffered from polytrauma because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to collect the compensation you need through a personal injury claim.
At Studinski Law, LLC, our highly skilled polytrauma lawyers know how overwhelming and difficult the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of polytrauma can be for victims and their families. If polytrauma has hindered your life or the life of someone you love, you can count on us to help you recover the compensation you need to restore your life.
Call us at (715) 343-2850 to schedule a free, no-risk consult with an experienced Wisconsin personal injury lawyer.
Common Causes of Polytrauma Injuries
These types of accidents are the most common causes of polytrauma injuries:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of polytrauma injuries in the United States. Factors like speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and distracted driving all increase the risk of accident-related polytrauma.
Common Types of Polytrauma Injuries
Blunt or penetrating trauma often lead to polytrauma. While penetrating trauma injuries arise when an object cuts into the skin and makes its way into organs or tissues, blunt trauma injuries are non-penetrating and refer to the physical impact on the body. These injuries can result from many different types of accidents. Two or more of the following types of injuries may cause polytrauma:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Ruptured discs
- Vison or hearing loss
- Broken bones
- Organ damage or failure
Impairments Polytrauma Victims Face
Sadly, victims of polytrauma face a variety of physical, mental, and social impairments that may have a profound effect on the way they live the rest of their life. If you or a loved one is coping with polytrauma injuries, long-term disability is a possibility. The following complications may also arise:
- Chronic Pain
Since pain is the greatest complication of polytrauma, strong doses of pain killers may be prescribed by a doctor to treat it.
Depression that results from polytrauma injuries may be improved through mental health counseling, medications, and certain lifestyle changes.
Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is widely seen in patients with polytrauma. Exposure therapy and cognitive restricting are two of the most effective ways to treat PTSD.
If bleeding occurs after polytrauma, it must be constantly monitored and managed through doctor-recommended strategies.
- Multi-Organ Failure
Trauma to the brain, lungs, liver, and kidneys may cause the failure of some major organs. Those who experience multi-organ failure may need mechanical ventilation and intravenous medication.
Sepsis occurs when there is a bacterial infection in the blood. While antibiotics can be effective in treating the early stages of sepsis, vasopressors, intravenous fluids, and central lines may be necessary to treat its later stages.
Treating Polytrauma Injuries
Treating polytrauma injuries is very difficult and complicated. Treatment usually begins with an evaluation through the Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, and Exposure or ABCDE approach. The purpose of the ABCDE approach is to diagnose a patient’s injuries, design a life-saving treatment plan, and improve a patient’s condition by identifying their needs at an early stage. Rehabilitation, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and long-term medical care are usually necessary for all polytrauma patients. Assistive devices and technologies may be required as well.
The trauma level, age, and areas of impact all determine the treatment and recovery time for a patient with polytrauma. However, in most instances, the treatment and recovery time is substantial and lasts for years. Additionally, victims of polytrauma often face mental health issues and emotional distress.
How Our Wisconsin Polytrauma Lawyers Can Help
Due to the extreme severity of polytrauma injuries, if you or a loved one is facing one because of another person’s negligent actions, you should consult our polytrauma lawyers immediately. In addition to physical pain and costly medical bills, these injuries can cause disability, make employment impossible, and lead to a great deal of emotional distress.
Our firm can provide you or your loved one with the experienced legal representation necessary to recover compensation for past and future medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of earning capacity, and loss of society and companionship. Let our firm take care of the legalities so that you or your loved one can focus on recovering and rebuilding your life.
Call Studinski Law, LLC Today
If multiple injuries have seriously impacted your life, you should reach out to our polytrauma attorneys right away. We’ll identify the cause of your injuries and hold the party who caused them responsible for their negligence. Our serious injury lawyers have been representing victims of polytrauma since 1998 and will work tirelessly to achieve a favorable outcome on your behalf. Call us at (715) 343-2850.