Gunshot wounds, or ballistic trauma, are a type physical trauma that, as the name suggests, are a result of discharge of arms or munitions. The majority of gunshot wounds or ballistic trauma incidences stem from small arms fire such as pistols and rifles.
On an annual basis, it is estimated that there are 500,000 injuries from the use of firearms. Of those 500,000, roughly 200,000 are not related to situations of armed conflict. The total number of gunshot injures that occur on an annual basis are considered to be roughly a quarter of all of the deaths that occur due to violence of some sort.
There are a number of causes of ballistic trauma. These all depend on the situation in which they occur. When a physician assesses the injuries that are a result of the firing of a weapon, it is important to consider where the bullet went in, whether there is an exit wound, and which organs were hit.
When there is an injury that is a result of a gunshot, a variety of complications can arise. Depending on where the bullet or shrapnel enters the body, blood loss could be the least of the concerns. If the wound occurs in the thigh, it is entirely possible for it to make contact with the main artery of the leg and cause the person to bleed out rather quickly. Other potential injuries include shattered bones, collapsed lungs, damaged internal organs, and even paralysis.
Contact a Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured as a result of someone’s intentional or negligent firing of a gun, contact the Cincinnati personal injury lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC at 513-321-7733.