The largest internal organ and gland within the human body is the liver which aides in various functions necessary for survival. The human liver can weigh up to 3.7 pounds and is located in the upper abdomen just below the diaphragm.
Some of the many functions the liver performs include:
- Glycogen storage
- Production of biochemicals for digestion
- Decomposition of red blood cells
- Hormone production
Overall the liver is needed for keeping us healthy and any damage that occurs to the liver can affect a person’s overall health. Unfortunately, according to the St. Louis University Liver Center, 1 in every 10 Americans suffers from a certain type of liver damage.
Liver damage may occur directly or indirectly as certain diseases may be inherited while others could be caused by outside forces.
If you or a loved one has suffered from liver damage caused by another individual’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.
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Types of Liver Damage
Liver damage may be grouped into diseases or conditions, the problem may be permanent or temporary. In some cases a simple change of diet and performing regular exercise can improve an individual’s liver condition.
Some common types of liver damage includes (but is not limited to):
- Viral Hepatitis
- Autoimmune Hepatitis
- Alcoholic Liver Disease
- Liver Failure
- Autoimmune Hepatitis
- Liver Injuries
Although most types of liver damage involve a disease or condition, the liver can also be damaged by outside trauma which can lead to internal bleeding.
Causes of Liver Damage
As noted previously liver damage may be damaged by an outside force and other times it may simply be something that was inherited. For example, hepatitis B may be passed on from one person to another unknowingly through blood or other bodily fluids and approximately 1.2 million persons are affected by this liver disease in the United States.
Some other causes of liver damage include:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Defective Products
- Dangerous or Defective Drugs
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Workplace Accident or Illnesses
There are many dangerous occupations that expose workers to hazardous chemicals which could lead to liver damage along with many other physical or psychological injuries.
Symptoms of Liver Disease
Although there are many different types of liver damage and their causes are just as varied, when a person’s liver has been affected the symptoms are fairly parallel.
Signs and symptoms of liver damage include:
- Yellowing of the Skin or Eyes
- Abdominal Pain
- Bloody or Tar-Colored Stool
- Loss of Appetite
- Chronic Fatigue
- Dark Colored Urine
In order to diagnose the problem and probable cause of the damage doctors may perform liver function tests as well as imaging tests such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan. In some cases a liver biopsy may also be performed. Once a diagnosis is made treatment may include medication, surgery, and in serious cases, a liver transplant.
Contact our Savannah Personal Injury Lawyers
Dealing with liver damage can be very scary and if the problem is left untreated can lead to liver failure or further medical complications. If you or a loved one has suffered from liver damage at the hands of a negligent party or individual and they are seeking legal counsel, our attorneys are ready to help.
At Eichholz Law Firm understand how debilitating a personal injury can be and can help guide you through the entire litigation process to help you fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you deserve.
With more than 37 years of combined legal experience, our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers have been representing personal injury victims throughout the state of Georgia for many years.
Our main office is located in Savannah, Georgia and we are pleased to serve the following areas as well:
…and many more surrounding neighborhoods. For more information on liver damage and to discover how we may be able to with your personal injury claim, contact us at (866) 947-7449 ((866) 947-7449) for a free, no-obligation initial consultation.
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