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Organ Damage And Internal Injuries

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In an instant, your life can change. You can be a totally healthy person and then suffer an accident that leaves you with catastrophic injuries. Some common catastrophic injuries include organ damage and internal injuries.

Organ damage and internal injuries can happen in any type of accident but are especially common in car accidents due to the impact involved. While airbags reduce injuries to the head and neck, they make the lower body more vulnerable. Because of this, the liver and spleen are the organs most likely to be damaged in a crash.

While you can’t see internal injuries, they are very dangerous. If not treated promptly, you may suffer serious complications and even death. Here are some of the most common internal injuries that occur in an accident.

Ruptured Spleen

If a car accident causes a spleen to rupture, it can cause internal bleeding. The spleen will need to be repaired or removed quickly to prevent further damage.

Other Organ Damage

A car accident that occurs at high speeds can damage organs. While the liver, spleen, and kidneys are most likely to be affected, any organ is susceptible to damage.

Broken Ribs

The impact of a car crash can cause broken ribs. Broken ribs are dangerous because they can puncture nearby organs, including the lungs. This can cause pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung. The lung deflates, causing air to escape and fill the chest cavity. While this may not cause pain or breathing problems, it can be deadly if overlooked.

Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm

An accident can compress the stomach. In severe cases, the abdominal aorta, which is the main blood vessel in the abdomen, may rupture. This is also called an abdominal aorta aneurysm and is often fatal.

Brain Bleeds

The brain may bleed when a person suffers an open or closed head wound. When this occurs, it makes it harder for oxygen to reach certain areas of the brain. This puts the brain under excessive pressure and can lead to permanent brain damage.

Internal Bleeding

Blood vessels can get damaged in a car accident by blunt or penetrating trauma. This can prevent the blood vessels from repairing themselves, which can cause internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can go unnoticed and be fatal, so it’s a good idea to be aware of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Lightheadedness
  • Increased thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Pale complexion

Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Internal bleeding and organ damage are catastrophic and potentially fatal injuries. If you have been involved in any type of accident, you need to be aware of these injuries and make sure you get checked out right away. Sometimes these injuries have no symptoms, so time is of the essence.

The Morristown catastrophic accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff can help you recover compensation for injuries suffered in a car crash or any other type of accident. We will hold the responsible parties liable for your damages. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (973) 455-1567.

Resource:

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3217390/

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