Common Internal Injuries after a Car Accident

brain injury When a motor vehicle strikes another vehicle, a motorcyclist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian, there are multiple types of serious injuries that may occur. Many of these injuries, such as lacerations and/or cuts are generally noticed right away, and the victim knows to receive immediate and proper treatment. However, internal injuries aren’t often noticed immediately. When someone sustains damage to their internal organs, they will most likely be affected in many ways, including life-threatening. Knowing what types of internal injuries may occur after an auto accident and working with an experienced auto accident attorney, you can take the steps necessary to ensure you will receive the compensation you deserve. Here are some of the most common internal injuries after a car accident.

Brain Bleeds

A brain bleed is an extremely serious injury that may occur from a closed or open head wound that you sustain in an automobile collision, especially if you were struck by a car while riding a bicycle, walking, or riding a motorcycle. When a brain bleed occurs it prevents oxygen from reaching areas of your brain, which may lead to permanent brain damage. If you have been in an accident that resulted in a brain bleed, it is essential that you contact us as soon as possible after the accident.

Broken Ribs

Broken ribs may happen from a significant blow to your chest. For instance, if you strike the steering wheel or dashboard on impact, the force may fracture or break one or more of your ribs. Broken ribs may also lead to more serious injuries, such as a puncture to major blood vessels and/or organs, such as the lungs. This is a serious injury, so it’s important to contact us as soon as possible after the accident.

Lung Injuries

Trauma may cause injury to your lungs in a variety of ways, including when a broken rib penetrates your lung. This type of injury causes air to leak from your lungs into your chest cavity and is known as pneumothorax. A pneumothorax can cause your lung to collapse, which affects your ability to breathe and process oxygen, ultimately resulting in permanent brain damage due to a lack of oxygen to the brain. If you have sustained a lung injury resulting from an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact us as soon as possible after the accident.

Abnormal Aorta Aneurysm

An abnormal aorta aneurysm (AAA) may occur anywhere around the aorta, which is a major artery that runs from the left ventricle of your heart to your abdomen. An AAA results in a blood-filled bulge, which causes the walls of the aorta to weaken, so when blood is flowing through, even at normal pressure, it causes more damage, and eventually, the aorta will rupture. If an AAA isn’t spotted early after an accident, it can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening. If you have been involved in an auto accident, you may be at a higher risk for developing an AAA as a result of a blunt injury to your abdominal area and you should contact us right away.

Organ Injury

Any of your internal organs can be injured in an automobile crash, especially if the accident is high-impact. Spleen, liver, and kidney damage are the most common types of injuries caused by automobile accidents. If these types of injuries aren’t treated immediately, you may suffer permanent damage or even fatal internal bleeding.

Following an automobile accident, regardless of how minor you think the accident was, it’s important to seek medical attention, even if you don’t have any visible injuries. If you have internal injuries, the injuries may not be noticed right away, but having a medical examination immediately will allow the medical staff to provide the proper treatment. Following an accident, it is important to seek medical attention and contact us immediately.

If you or your loved one has suffered an internal injury from an automobile accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, future treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact the Nobles & Yanez Law Firm, trial lawyers that fight for the compensation you deserve.