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Mainers Injured in Deck Collapse: How the Body Heals from Trauma

When a part of a building collapses, as it did late last Saturday night at the Rack at Sugarloaf, serious injuries can occur.  It’s been reported that folks standing on exterior decking fell when the flooring collapsed.  Injuries from a height of 15 feet or so can range from bumps and bruises, to fractures, ligament tears, crush injuries, and even death.  No one died in the collapse at the Rack, but when the reporters move on to the next story, what happens to the injured?

The National Institutes of Health explains the process of healing when a bone breaks or a ligament tears:   “At the moment of injury: Chemicals are released from damaged cells, triggering a process called inflammation. Blood vessels at the injury site become dilated; blood flow increases to carry nutrients to the site of tissue damage.Within hours of injury: White blood cells (leukocytes) travel down the bloodstream to the injury site where they begin to tear down and remove damaged tissue, allowing other specialized cells to start developing scar tissue. Within days of injury: Scar tissue is formed on the skin or inside the body. The amount of scarring may be proportional to the amount of swelling, inflammation, or bleeding within. In the next few weeks, the damaged area will regain a great deal of strength as scar tissue continues to form.Within a month of injury: Scar tissue may start to shrink, bringing damaged, torn, or separated tissues back together. However, it may be several months or more before the injury is completely healed.”

How could you help  if someone you love has been injured at a restaurant or tavern property? First, you need to make sure your friend or family members gets the best possible medical care.

When you help a family member choose a doctor or therapist, you want it to be someone with experience who understands the mechanism of your injury, how traumatic  injuries heal, and when to step in with more aggressive treatment or surgery.

When you choose a Maine personal injury lawyer, you want the same thing: an attorney with experience handling serious injury cases, who knows how injury cases are resolved, and who knows when to be more agressive dealing with insurance companies. 

By: Alison Wholey Briggs Mynick, RN, Esq.

April 19, 2011, Copyright Briggs & Wholey, LLC