Seat Belt Injuries in Adults and Children

A Comprehensive Guide to the Literature for Personal Injury Lawyers

Publisher: Medifocus Legal
Publication Date: May 11, 2016
Number of Pages: 147

It’s a well-established fact that seat belts are the single most effective means of reducing the risk of death in motor vehicle accidents. It has been estimated that since 1975, seat belts have saved over 300,000 lives in the U.S. alone. When used properly, lap/shoulder seat belts have been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate to severe injury by 50%.

Although seat belts are designed to prevent injuries during a car crash, paradoxically, the seat belt itself may cause an injury to the driver or a passenger. The spectrum of seat belt injuries ranges from minor bruises and abrasions to severe, life-threatening injuries that require emergent medical treatment. In general, lap belts can cause injuries to the abdomen and spinal cord while shoulder belts can cause injuries to the upper extremity including the shoulder, neck, and sternum.

Seat Belt Injuries in Adults and Children is a comprehensive guide to the published medical literature intended for personal injury attorneys whose clients may have sustained a seat belt injury during an automobile accident. This unique Guide consists of over 150 hand-selected references published in peer-reviewed journals , with links to the article abstracts and full-text. The Guide covers the entire spectrum of seat belt injuries as documented by individual case reports, series of cases, research studies, and major reviews on the topic of seat belt injuries authored by experts in the field.

Seat Belt Injuries in Adults and Children is a one-of-a-kind literature reference Guide that includes:

  • A comprehensive bibliography of 161 journal article references indexed in MEDLINE published in well respected medical and scientific journals.
  • Online access to the abstracts (summaries) of the articles.
  • Online access to the free full-text version of 25 articles.
  • Links to full-text sources of other articles that are available for purchase directly from individual journal publishers.
  • A unique “Author Directory” consisting of the names and institutional affiliations of experts who have published and have specialized knowledge about Seat Belt Injuries in Adults and Children. The “Author Directory” is a valuable resource for quickly identifying and locating experts for case reviews, opinions, and testimony.

Select examples of topics that are covered by the articles referenced in this Guidebook include:

  • Upper extremity injuries in restrained front-seat occupants after motor vehicle crashes.
  • Bowel injury in children with a positive seat belt sign after motor vehicle collision.
  • The utility of seat belt signs to predict abdominal injury from motor vehicle accidents.
  • Risk of injury associated with the use of seat belts and air bags in motor vehicle crashes.
  • Injury causation scenarios in belt-restrained nearside child occupants.
  • Lapbelt injuries and the seat belt syndrome in pediatric spinal cord injury.
  • Systematic review of seat belt trauma to the female breast.
  • Mechanisms of abdominal organ injury in seat belt-restrained children.
  • Motor vehicle retraint system use and the risk of spinal injury.
  • Neck injuries caused by automatic two-point seat belts.
  • Child booster seats and lethal seat belt injury.
  • Clincal importance of the seat belt sign in blunt trauma to the neck.
  • Vascular injuries in adults and children with cervicothoracic seat belt signs.
  • Seat belt injuries and sigmoid colon trauma.
  • Lumbar compression fractures associated with lap belt use in children.
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