An internal injury is a common type of auto accident injury that is easy to overlook. Over two million people a year are injured in a car accident. After being involved in a collision, it is important to seek medical attention right away as internal injuries are not always apparent. The longer an internal injury goes without being treated, the more severe medical issues can become as a result.
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How is an Internal Injury Caused?
When a car hits a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorcycle rider, for example, internal injuries such as bleeding are likely to occur. If an impact has enough force, it is possible for car wreck victims to experience some kind of internal injury. These types of wounds can be separated into two categories:
- Blunt Trauma – This type of trauma occurs when a part of the victim’s body collides with another object at high speeds. In blunt trauma internal injuries, blood vessels inside the body are wounded either by the sheer force of impact or by a blunt object.
- Penetrating Trauma – This type of trauma happens when a foreign object actually penetrates the body, tearing a hole in one or more blood vessels. Common examples of penetrating trauma are gunshot wounds, stabbings or falling onto a sharp object.
Types of Internal Injuries
If you are experiencing pain after being involved in a wreck, but do not see any physical signs of injury, you may have suffered an internal injury. If left untreated, catastrophic internal accident injuries can become fatal. The following are the most common types of internal injuries experienced by auto accident victims.
In internal bleeding, the blood vessels are damaged and unable to clot or repair themselves in any way. Depending on where the internal bleeding occurs, this type of injury can become a serious medical emergency, resulting in cardiac arrest and wrongful death if left untreated.
If the point of impact is on the left side of the body, a victim can suffer from a ruptured spleen. This type of injury requires surgery since a splenic rupture allows large amounts of blood to leak into the abdominal cavity. After a spleen has been removed, patients are required to receive immunizations to prevent infections like pneumonia. A ruptured spleen can become very expensive and completely alter the quality of life of an auto accident victim.
Broken Ribs and Torso Injuries
Over two million collisions a year result in some type of rib or torso injury. These types of injuries can be very painful for victims as simply breathing can often cause excruciating pain. The treatment of rib and torso injuries often becomes costly.
Pneumothorax is a type of severe torso injury. This occurs when a broken rib punctures the lung, causing the organ to collapse. Once a lung has collapsed, air can enter into the chest cavity. An abnormal collection of air or gas in the space which separates the lung from the chest wall can interfere with normal breathing. Diagnosis of pneumothorax requires a chest X-ray or CT scan.
Any organ can be damaged during a wreck, resulting in internal bleeding and the shutdown of the injured organ.
Abdominal Aorta Rupture
If the stomach becomes compressed in an auto accident, the aorta can become ruptured. A blunt aortic injury is usually fatal. This type of injury is life-threatening as large amounts of blood spill into the abdominal cavity and can often result in death within minutes of the injury occurring.
Contact a Connecticut Internal Injury Attorney
Depending on the type of internal injury experienced, treatment can become costly and extensive. Unfortunately, the probability of fatal injury is higher with this type of injury than most other forms of car accident injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered from internal injuries after being involved in an auto collision caused by another driver’s actions or negligence, you may be able to pursue legal recourse by filing an internal injury lawsuit.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to successfully litigate your claim. Contact our legal team today to see how our car accident lawyers may be able to help you fight for the fair compensation of your losses. During your case evaluation, one of our lawyers will determine the merits of your claim and guide you on the best course of action in pursuing legal remedies for your losses.
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