Types of Internal Injuries Suffered in a Personal Injury
When we hear of injuries suffered by accident victims, our minds naturally go to graphic imaginings of people bloodied, bruised, or broken, but the truth is that many serious injuries are not immediately visible. Called internal injuries, these are generally hemorrhages of organs or the vascular system that are caused by trauma and can lead to blood loss and permanent damage. Left untreated, internal injuries can lead to death, and this is a real risk due to the fact that they are not as obvious as external trauma. Those who have been involved in an accident of any kind are urged to seek medical attention, and if you have indeed suffered an internal injury that was caused by another’s negligence, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can advise you of your rights.
Internal injuries are generally caused by either blunt trauma or penetrating trauma. Blunt trauma describes the impact of a collision with another object, and usually involves either great force or speed. These types of injuries crush or tear the blood vessels or organs inside the body, and are most frequently seen in vehicle collisions, but they can also be the result of falls and workplace accidents. Penetrating trauma describes the impact of the body being pierced with an object and that action causing injury below the surface of the skin, affecting muscle, blood vessels and internal organs. A penetrating trauma can be the result of a violent act, or when it occurs in an accident can be a result of a motor vehicle accident, a workplace accident, or any kind of fall.
Internal injuries cover a wide range of conditions, including:
- Spleen damage
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Punctured lungs
- Diaphragm rupture
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Internal bleeding of blood vessels
Quickly identifying the presence of an internal injury is essential to getting proper medical attention, and provides the victim with the best chances of recovery. The treatment for an internal injury can be expensive, and rehabilitation can take a great deal of time. This leaves the injured person with medical bills that need to be paid in the face of lost wages. These types of injuries can also result in long-term pain and suffering, as well as mental trauma.
If you believe that your internal injury was the result of negligence on the part of another person, whether the driver of another vehicle, a third-party at your workplace, or a property owner that did not properly ensure the safety of those on their property, then you may be entitled to compensation for all of these damages and more. Contact the experienced injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to set up a consultation to discuss your case. We will carefully review the details of your accident, asking all the right questions and giving you the answers that you need to move forward confidently and get the compensation that you deserve.