Internal Organ Injuries
An internal injury is one of the most dangerous types of injury a person can suffer in an auto accident. Most car accident injuries show obvious symptoms immediately following the crash, but certain types, like those involving internal organs, can go undetected for days or even weeks afterward. Without visible outward signs of being hurt, a person may neglect to seek prompt medical help. Unfortunately, a delay in treatment can allow the injury to get worse over time and in the most severe cases, can prove fatal. If you, or a loved one, have suffered an internal organ injury as a result of a car accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your hospital bills, medical expenses, surgery, physical therapy, and pain and suffering. Rhode Island Car Accident Attorney David Tapalian and his dedicated team at Tapalian Law will aggressively fight to protect your legal rights and get you justice.Symptoms of Internal Bleeding
The tricky, and very dangerous, part about internal injuries? There may be no symptoms until it’s too late. This is why it is so important to seek medical treatment immediately following any kind of traffic accident, whether you feel pain or not. An internal injury can occur from a minor crash or a severe collision and may be symptom-less. Left undetected, these types of injuries can take a huge toll on a person’s health and can be fatal. Some, but not all, internal bleeding injuries may manifest with symptoms including, but not limited to:
- Abdominal pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Pale complexion
- Feeling cold
- Vomiting blood, or blood in urine or stool
- Deep, purple bruising
- Losing consciousness
Due to the severity of internal organ injuries and their ability to manifest without symptoms, it is imperative that anyone involved in a car accident seeks medical attention immediately following the incident. Rhode Island Car Accident Lawyer David Tapalian urges every person involved in an auto accident to seek medical help right away. Regardless of how minor the impact is, an injury to an internal organ can still happen and if left untreated, may result in life-long, permanent damage, or death.Types of Internal Organ Injuries
Countless types of damage can occur to a person’s organs as a result of a car accident. The five internal organs vital to survival are the brain, the heart, the kidneys, the liver, and the lungs. Some of the many internal injuries a person may experience include, but are not limited to:
- Abdominal Aneurysm: This often-fatal injury may occur when the stomach is compressed during a collision, and the abdominal aorta breaks.
- Brain Bleeding: When head trauma leads to an intensive open or closed wound, the brain can bleed as a result of a lack of oxygen. If left untreated, a brain bleed can cause severe and permanent brain damage.
- Liver Damage: When the liver is torn as a result of the force of an impact, severe damage can occur. This injury requires immediate hospitalization.
- Punctured Lung: When a broken rib punctures a lung, it can cause the lung to deflate and collapse. Broken ribs happen frequently in car accidents, especially in high-impact crashes, and can be detrimental to other parts of the body, including the organs.
- Internal Bleeding: Typically caused by blunt force trauma in a collision that causes ruptured blood vessels inside the body, preventing them from clotting or mending on their own. Internal bleeding can occur in a number of organs, such as a ruptured spleen, due to a laceration or other damage. Left untreated, internal bleeding can be extremely dangerous.
As with any type of accident injury, the bottom line is to always seek immediate medical help. Having served as a highly respected car accident lawyer in Rhode Island for over 20 years, Attorney Tapalian has seen a number of victims’ conditions worsen because they did not seek medical attention when they should.How an Internal Injury Can Happen During a Car Crash
Internal organ injuries can happen instantly, although the way they occur can determine whether symptoms manifest immediately, or days or weeks later. Attorney Tapalian has worked with car accident victims of internal injuries caused by a number of different, unique situations. Some of the most common scenarios include:
- Penetrating Trauma: During an auto accident, a deep, penetrating puncture can occur from large particles or sharp car parts, such as a piece of windshield glass, coming in contact with the body. When a foreign object or other piercing fragment penetrates the body, a hole can be torn in a blood vessel, causing severe damage to the internal organs. This is considered penetrating trauma. As a top-rated car accident attorney in Rhode Island who has helped countless victims of motor vehicle crashes, Attorney Tapalian sees this as one of the most distressing forms of trauma.
- Blunt Force Trauma: Lacking obvious puncture wounds or lacerations like those associated with penetrating trauma, blunt force trauma can be even more difficult for a victim to recover from. Often, the abrupt deceleration of a car can cause a victim’s body to suffer from blunt force trauma. The body often cannot safely absorb the force of the impact, and you can severely injure your organs. A forceful blow to the abdomen in a head-on collision is one way that a car crash can cause a devastating internal organ injury.
Internal injuries due to car accidents can be extremely painful, detrimental to a person’s physical and emotional wellbeing, and can prove to be very expensive. No victim of such disturbing injuries deserves such suffering. With the help of an experienced accident lawyer in RI and MA, you may be eligible for compensation from the at-fault driver who caused your collision. In fact, many victims are surprised to learn what they are entitled to in terms of compensation. Instead of making a costly mistake, turn to a dedicated personal injury professional who deals with these cases every day. With a main office in Providence, Attorney David Tapalian is easily accessible for free consultations for anyone in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts areas. If you are unable to travel to us because of your injuries, we can even visit you in your home or at the hospital. As with all personal injury claims in Rhode Island, there is a 3-year statute of limitations on filing a claim, so the sooner you contact us, the quicker we can begin to help you. After your car accident, call Tapalian Law at 401-552-5000 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.