What Is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?Thoracic outlet syndrome is the compression of nerves and blood vessels in the upper clavicle region that connects the thorax, trunk of the body, to the arm. Specifically, it affects the space between the clavicle (collarbone) and first, topmost rib. The thoracic outlet sits just in front of the shoulder and consists of the brachial plexus, subclavian artery, and subclavian vein. Therefore, when this group is compressed or impacted, it can cause the injury. There are numerous types of thoracic outlet syndrome; each type impacts a different part of the outlet. The most common form affects the brachial plexus, while the less common types affect the artery and vein. Thoracic outlet syndrome is characterized by pain in the immediate area and extension to the forelimbs. Your muscle in the base of your thumb may degenerate and become weaker over time, and your fingers and arm may grow numb or tingly. Your grip will thus weaken as well. There will be neck pain and arm pain accompanying the condition.
What Are Symptoms Of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?There are a few ways that you can identify thoracic outlet syndrome. It is important that you accurately identify these symptoms, as a misdiagnosis can be devastating to your condition. You should not let any nerve-related or blood vessel-related injuries carry on too long. Symptoms include the following:
- Discoloration or a bluish hue in the hand on the same side as the pain
- Throbbing sensation in your collarbone or upper thorax
- A lump or tight band beneath the surface at your clavicle
- Arm pain, inflammation, and blood clots
- Arm weakness
- Neck muscle weakness, especially when turning
- Weak pulse or no pulse in the damaged arm
- Cold fingers and hand
- Quick fatigue of the arm and shoulder
What Can Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Do To Your Body?If left untreated, thoracic outlet syndrome can cause extreme shoulder damage and inability to move. It can also influence carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when the carpal nerve leading down the wrist is compressed or damaged. Nerve damage can eventually lead to a lack o feeling in the area or an inability to move. In some cases, the numbness is replaced by a burning sensation that does not recede.
Can Car Accidents Cause Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?There are numerous ways that you can sustain thoracic outlet syndrome. You may have anatomical defects or issues, posture problems, and repetitive motions. However, one of the most common causes is trauma, which is often caused by car accidents. Car accidents are likely causes for thoracic outlet syndrome because of the high impact and the area that is affected. T-bone accidents, or broadside collisions, result in the upper chest/clavicle region getting hit into the door. If the impact is on the driver side, the shoulder is directly at the point of the crash. Rear-end crashes may cause individuals to lurch forward into the steering wheel, seats, or dashboard. Head-on collisions have the potential to be fatal, and crushed metal can influence the syndrome as well. a You usually do not notice thoracic outlet syndrome after trauma until a few days have passed.
What Should I Do After A Car Accident?If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important that you take the following to steps to ensure that you have a worthwhile foundation for a claim and that you do not further risk your health.
- Go to the doctor for medical treatment
- Do not wait too long to go to the doctor or it can damage your claim; the insurance company can claim that you were hurt elsewhere or after another series of incidents
- Hold on to your medical notes and receipts from the hospital
- Take photos of your injuries
- Take pictures of the damage to the cars and the scene of the accident
- Interview passengers, eyewitnesses, and bystanders for their perspectives and testimonies on the accident so you have additional proof
- Write down contact details and insurance information of the responsible driver
- Get a copy of the police report from the officers that showed up to the scene of the accident
- Contact a qualified lawyer to handle the case for you
How Can I Prove Negligence Of A Driver?In order to prove that you were a victim of negligence, you must show that these four points occurred. If any of these points are shown to be false, your whole claim will fall apart and rendered invalid.
- You were owed a duty of care by the driver in that you were not to be harmed or hurt while driving, or placed in any danger
- The driver breached the duty of care by being reckless or careless
- The breach of duty resulted in an accident
- The accident resulted in physical injuries and the thoracic outlet syndrome
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim For A Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Injury From A Car Crash?In California, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within 2 years of the date of the injury. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this time frame, you will not be able to colelt compensation for the case. The statute of limitations allows both parties enough time to gather evidence and defend their sides. Often, individuals will forget about the statute of limitations – many cases are not filed because the victims are not aware there is a deadline. There are a few ways that the statute of limitations can be extended, though. These include:
- Minors can wait until they are 18 to sue if they were injured while underage
- Physically or mentally incapacitated persons can wait until they are functional again before they sue
- Individuals suing a defendant who has left the state can have the claim’s statute postponed until the defendant returns
What Can I Win In A Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Lawsuit?As a victim of thoracic outlet syndrome, you could have a great deal of suffering ahead of you, along with a long road to recovery. You may need numerous medical treatments and could potentially need surgery. We will see to it that all the expenses f r the accident and injury are paid off. We will work to bring you the following:
- Medical bills from the past and future for medication, surgery, hospitalization, treatments, physical therapy, and more
- Lost wages from if you could not return to work or if you cannot go to work in the future because of recovery time or treatments
- Property damage to your vehicle or other personal items if they were broken or need to be replaced because of the accident
- Pain and suffering damages if you were left with emotional anguish, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and more after the accident