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Liver Injuries

Various ongoing health issues can occur after sustaining a liver injury including chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, which is the scarring of liver tissue, and an increased risk of liver failure. These conditions can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, weight loss, and more severe complications like ascites (fluid accumulation in the abdomen), variceal bleeding (bleeding from enlarged veins in the digestive tract), and hepatic encephalopathy (brain dysfunction caused by liver failure). The liver’s reduced ability to process nutrients, hormones, and drugs, as well as to remove toxins from the blood, can significantly impact overall health and quality of life.

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A liver injury refers to any damage to the liver, an organ vital for digestion, metabolism, and detoxification. This damage can result from various causes, including physical trauma, excessive alcohol consumption, infections, and exposure to toxic substances. Depending on the severity, liver injuries can lead to symptoms like jaundice, abdominal pain, and swelling. In serious cases, they may impair the liver’s ability to function properly, potentially leading to life-threatening conditions. Treatment varies based on the cause and extent of the injury, ranging from medication and lifestyle changes to surgical interventions in severe cases. In scenarios where damage to the liver has been caused by the negligence of a third-party, it may be possible to bring a claim for injury compensation.

What sort of negligent behaviours can cause liver injuries?

Liver injuries can be sustained due to medical negligence. For example, improper prescription or administration of medications that are hepatotoxic, failing to monitor and manage side effects of drugs known to affect liver health, and inadequate infection control practices leading to the spread of hepatitis viruses. For employers, neglecting to enforce safety measures and provide proper protective equipment in environments where workers are exposed to toxic chemicals or substances can lead to liver injuries. Blunt trauma or penetrating wounds can also can also cause liver injury when inflicted by negligent or wrongful behaviour such as assaults or reckless driving resulting in car accidents. 

What are the more severe consequences of a liver injury?

Severe consequences include chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and acute liver failure. Cirrhosis can lead to the liver’s inability to function properly, causing toxins to build up in the body, and potentially resulting in hepatic encephalopathy, which affects brain function. Acute liver failure, a rapid loss of liver function in someone without pre-existing liver disease, can be life-threatening and may require emergency liver transplantation. Additionally, severe liver injury can cause significant internal bleeding and infection, further complicating recovery and increasing the risk of mortality.

When is it possible to bring a compensation claim following a liver injury?

It’s possible to bring a compensation claim if the injury resulted from someone else’s negligence, misconduct, or failure to act. This includes medical malpractice, workplace accidents due to inadequate safety measures, car accidents, or exposure to harmful substances due to another party’s negligence. Documenting the injury, its impact on your life, and the negligence that caused it is crucial.

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