Seeking Compensation After Suffering Internal Organ Damage in a Car Crash
The body experiences a significant amount of trauma during a collision.
For example, you could suffer internal injuries that could be life-threatening. Your organs could get so significantly damaged that they shut down. You could bleed internally, such as in the brain. One of your lungs could get punctured, making it difficult for you to breathe.
Below, we discuss internal organ damage and other internal injuries that may occur in a crash. If you suffered internal damage in a crash, the first thing you need to do is seek treatment.
Finding an experienced Bloomington auto accident lawyer to help you sort through your legal options is also an important step. Even though your injuries are clearly serious, the insurance company is still going to downplay them. They may try to deny or underpay your claim. You need someone with vast experience in car crash cases to help build a strong case and aggressively pursue full compensation.
TSR Injury Law is ready to help. Call us today to learn more: (612) TSR-TIME.
Internal Injuries That Often Occur in Car Crashes
Internal injuries can be life-threatening. That is why it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. There are treatment options for these injuries, but if you wait too long, the injury could get much worse.
Damage to the Liver
Sometimes the liver gets torn open during a car crash, resulting in internal bleeding. This needs to be dealt with quickly to prevent a life-threatening situation.
Damage to the Kidneys
Your kidneys could also suffer damage in a crash if your lower back gets hit hard enough. Sometimes kidney damage results in internal bleeding, other times victims may need a kidney transplant. If a transplant is unavailable, the victim is going to need to go on dialysis.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Whether you hit your head on something or not, you could suffer a brain injury in a car crash. For example, you could suffer a concussion if your head gets thrown forward. Your brain hits the inside of your skull similar to shaken baby syndrome.
A brain injury could result in bruising or even bleeding. If bleeding is severe enough, victims may need surgery to relieve the pressure and prevent a life-threatening situation.
A blow to the chest during a collision could cause your ribs to fracture. These injuries make it hard to breathe and limit your mobility. One of the things to watch for with these injuries is damage to surrounding tissues or organs. If this happens, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.
If surgery is not necessary, it may take weeks or months to fully recover from these injuries.
A fracture to your ribs could result in a punctured lung, affecting your breathing. Air can flood your abdominal cavity, which can be life-threatening if not treated right away. A lung puncture is also called pneumothorax.
Rupture to the Spleen
If your spleen gets ruptured, you may suffer extensive internal bleeding. Immediate treatment of this injury is essential.
Rupture of the Abdominal Aorta
The abdominal aorta can get ruptured if the stomach gets crushed in a car crash. If this happens, the result is more than likely fatal.
Symptoms of Internal Injuries
There are some common symptoms of an internal injury, such as internal bleeding. These symptoms include:
- Pain in the stomach
- Pale complexion
- Feeling lightheaded
- Feeling thirsty
- Blood in your urine or stool
- Dark purple skin on your abdomen
- Feeling nauseous
- Rapid heart rate
- Other signs of shock that may indicate an internal injury
Treatment Options for Internal Injuries
In extreme cases, an organ transplant may be the only option for an internal organ injury. Sometimes doctors need to do surgery to repair internal bleeding. Once this is done, the victim is likely to recover, unless there were complications during the procedure, such as an infection or damage to surrounding tissues. There also may be problems with the victim’s body not accepting an organ transplant.
If you have symptoms that may indicate an internal injury, you need to get treatment right away. If you wait, you could be putting your life at risk.
Compensation for Internal Injuries
If you suffered an internal injury in a crash caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for the damages you suffered.
Cost of Medical Treatment
This includes the cost of treating and stabilizing your injuries. It also includes the cost of ongoing treatment. For example, you may need treatment after an organ transplant to make sure your body is adjusting properly.
You may be unable to work while recovering from an internal injury. Our attorneys are prepared to pursue all lost wages.
If your injury hurts your ability to work long-term, we may also be able to pursue loss of earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
The physical pain from an internal injury can be significant. There may also be a psychological component as victims may struggle to get sleep and become depressed or anxious.
Call TSR Injury Law to Discuss Your Car Crash Claim
Have you been injured in a collision with another vehicle?
We are ready to help you seek full compensation for all your medical treatment, lost wages, property damage and other damages you may have suffered.
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