What You Need To Know About Accidents And Organ Injuries
Did you know that internal injuries can even happen in accidents that appear to be minor? The force that your body endures during an auto accident may cause internal injuries. In an accident, your organs can get bruised, crushed, ruptured or totally destroyed. Even if everything looks fine to you, it is still advisable to seek medical care immediately after an accident. A doctor will conduct a physical exam and run tests to see if you're injured.
People involved in accidents might not realize that they suffered an internal injury until that injury causes serious damage or even death. There are times when an internal injury does not cause symptoms that are obvious to the person involved in the accident, but a doctor can discover them. If an internal injury is not treated immediately, it can cause serious complications and even death. Internal injuries are some of the most dangerous types of serious personal injuries.
What Kinds Of Accidents Can Cause Internal Injuries?
Any accident can cause internal injuries. But, of all the motor vehicle accidents, big truck crashes can be the worst. Why? Because these trucks are so massive that the force of their impact is lethal. Did you know that 18-wheelers weigh around 80,000 pounds? Compare that to a typical car, which weighs around 3,000 pounds, and it's easy to see how an 18-wheeler can cause internal injuries.
What Internal Injuries Are Caused By Auto Accidents?
Did you know that any internal organ can be injured in an auto accident? This is especially true if the accident happened at a high rate of speed, or was caused by a big truck. Injuries to the face don't only break bones but they can result in the loss or damage to one of our most important organs: our eyes.
If an organ gets hurt during an accident, it can cause internal bleeding. For example, in a serious accident, kidney damage and liver lacerations are not uncommon. If you don't seek medical care right away after an accident, you might not find out about your organ injury until it is too late. By that time, it may be irreparably damaged or you may pass away due to internal bleeding. And did you know that internal injury of the chest or abdomen can be early predictors of whether you will develop sepsis?
What Are The Organs Of The Abdominal Cavity?
The abdominal cavity consists of hollow organs (intestine, colon, duodenum, mesentery, stomach and bladder) and solid organs (liver, spleen, kidneys, and pancreas).
What abdominal organ is most likely to be injured in a car crash?
The liver is the most frequently injured abdominal organ, followed by the spleen.
Did you know that the liver is the body's biggest internal organ? It weighs between 3 and 4 pounds. Your only bigger organ is your skin. The liver is necessary for survival. The liver is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity, beneath the diaphragm, and on top of the stomach, right kidney, and intestines.
The liver is actually classified as a gland. The liver is thought to carry out an amazing 500 distinct roles. The liver can get injured in a crash, especially if there's also a fracture of the right ribs. The main cause of liver injury-related death is uncontrolled bleeding, and it is associated with a very high mortality rate of 54%. An injured liver is life-threatening and can cause death.
Your spleen is an organ above your stomach and under your ribs on your left side. It is about as big as your fist. The spleen is part of your lymphatic system, which fights infection and keeps your body fluids in balance. If your spleen ruptures, this can cause serious life-threatening internal bleeding and is a life-threatening medical emergency. An injured spleen may rupture immediately after an injury, or in some cases, days or weeks after an injury.
Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm:
If your stomach gets compressed in a serious accident, this may cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the major vessel that supplies blood to the body (aorta). The aorta runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body, so a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm is a life-threatening medical emergency.
Bleeding In The Brain:
If your head gets hit in an accident, not only could you suffer a traumatic brain injury. Your brain could actually bleed. A brain bleed is called an intracranial hematoma. You might get symptoms of an intracranial hematoma right after a serious accident head injury. Or, they may take weeks, or even longer, to appear. If you lost consciousness after an accident, even briefly, it is possible that this injury was sustained.
Internal Injuries Caused By Fractured Ribs:
A broken rib is a broken bone. A rib fracture when one of the bones in your rib cage breaks or cracks.
Cracked ribs aren't usually as dangerous as ribs that have been broken into separate pieces. A jagged edge of a broken bone can damage major blood vessels or internal organs, such as the lung.
Punctured Rib (Traumatic Pneumothorax):
When a rib punctures a lung, it's called a traumatic pneumothorax. A traumatic pneumothorax is air in the pleural space caused by trauma. The pleural space is the area between the pleura, which are the two thin membranes that line and surround the lungs. This type of puncture causes partial or complete lung collapse. Symptoms include chest pain and sometimes difficulty breathing. Diagnosis is made by chest x-ray. This condition is a complication of broken ribs.
Do I Need An Attorney To Fight An Internal Injury Organ Damage Case?
Talk to an attorney before you do anything besides: calling 911 and seek medical care. My name is Renée Yvonne Gardner. I am the attorney at Gardner Law. I speak Spanish - hablo español. I am a San José fracture internal injury organ damage attorney. I have experience with personal injury and wrongful death accident.
If you suffered an internal injury or organ damage in an accident, please contact me for a free consultation at (408) 214-5555 or complete the below form. If your loved one passed away due to an internal injury organ damage accident, please call me about your wrongful death case.
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