One of the most vital organs in the human body is the liver. At just under 4 pounds this organ is located just below the diaphragm and assists in various bodily functions particularly metabolic processes. One of the liver’s main functions though is keeping our bodies free of toxins.
Some other liver functions include:
- Glycogen Storage
- Produce Biochemicals for Digestion (including bile)
- Hormone Production
- Decomposition of Red Blood Cells
As the liver plays such a vital role in so many bodily functions, any type of injury or illness can cause an individual to suffer. According to the St. Louis University Liver Center 1 in 10 people suffer from type of liver damage.
A person may suffer liver damage directly or indirectly meaning that they could suffer from a genetic liver disorder or suffer damage due to a pharmaceutical drug.
If you or a loved one has suffered from some type of liver damage due to another individual’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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Types of Liver Damage
As noted before, liver damage may occur for various reasons but overall liver damage can be classified as a condition or disease. Depending on the type of damage sustained it could be permanent or temporary if treatment is available.
Some common types of liver damage include:
- Autoimmune Hepatitis
- Viral Hepatitis
- Liver Failure
- Alcoholic Hepatitis
- Liver Injuries
Any type of abdominal trauma could lead to liver damage, most notably, a bruised liver which is a serious condition that can lead to nausea, pain, and even loss of consciousness.
Causes of Liver Damage
Some liver conditions may be spread from one person to the next, such as Hepatitis B, which affects approximately 1.2 million people in the United States. According to a 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Care Services Survey, more than 1 million people visited the emergency room for stomach and abdominal pain. Furthermore, at least 13 million people who went to the emergency room had liver function tests performed in order to diagnose their issue.
Some common causes of liver damage include:
- Medical Malpractice
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Defective Drugs
- Workplace Accidents
- Occupational Disease
The overuse of acetaminophen has also been linked to liver damage, particularly amongst persons who consume alcoholic beverages soon after taking the painkiller.
Symptoms of Liver Damage
The types of signs and symptoms a person may experience can vary by the type of damage they have incurred. However, there are some signs that are rather common amongst persons suffering from this ailment.
Some common liver damage symptoms include
- Abdominal Pain
- Jaundice (Yellowing of the Skin or Whites of the Eyes)
- Bloody or Dark Colored Stool
- Chronic Fatigue
- Loss of Appetite
- Dark Colored Urine
Liver damage is an issue that cannot be seen which can make it difficult for a person to know if they are suffering from damage to this vital organ or experiencing another type of problem. Seeking medical assistance can aide in identifying the underlying problem and getting the treatment needed. A Computerized Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) is the most common method used to diagnose liver damage.
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Oftentimes dealing with liver damage means dealing with a lifelong problem that could eventually lead to a liver transplant. If you or a loved one has suffered from liver damage due to another part’s carelessness, the victim may be entitled to damages.
At Gordon & Doner we understand how serious a life-threatening injury can be and believe that the person responsible for such injuries should be held accountable for their actions. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims throughout South Florida. We have several offices located in the tri-county area and are proud to serve the following areas:
- Pembroke Pines
- Delray Beach
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