Internal Injuries Caused by Car AccidentsSeptember 13, 2018
Some of the most common types of car accident injuries are the ones you can see, like cuts and lacerations, bruises, broken bones, and amputations. However, the extreme impact of a car accident can also cause massive internal injuries, particularly if the vehicles were travelling at a high speed.
Because these injuries are not always obvious right away, the victim may not seek immediate medical attention. If left untreated, certain internal injuries can be extremely serious, and even fatal.
Examples of Common Internal Injuries
There are a range of internal injuries that a car accident victim may suffer from, including, but not limited to:
- Broken ribs: In addition to being quite painful, broken ribs can become a dangerous, life-threatening injury if they puncture an internal organ or major blood vessel.
- Pneumothorax: When a broken rib punctures the lung, it causes a pneumothorax, which occurs when the lung collapses and air is released into the chest cavity.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm: When the impact of an accident affects the abdominal area, it can cause a rupture to the abdominal aorta. In most cases, victims who suffer an abdominal aortic aneurysm do not survive.
- Organ injury: Damage to the internal organs can cause internal bleeding or result in the organs shutting themselves down. This is a very serious injury that requires immediate medical attention.
- Internal bleeding: If an injury causes damage to the blood vessels, and the body is unable to repair the damage, it can be very dangerous. Symptoms of internal bleeding can include fatigue, thirst, abdominal pain, feeling cold, and lightheadedness.
- Ruptured spleen: This injury often involves severe internal bleeding and will likely require surgery to repair the damage.
Seek Medical Attention
Anytime you are involved in a car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention, even if you do not think you have been injured. Some internal injuries may not be obvious, particularly when your adrenaline has kicked in from the stress of the accident. This can temporarily mask the symptoms of an injury for hours, or even days.
By getting yourself checked out immediately following the accident, a medical professional will be able to determine whether you have an internal injury, and recommend the best course of action. If the injury is severe, or life-threatening, this important step can save your life.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Seek Justice for Victims of Internal Injuries
If you or a loved one have suffered an internal injury after being in involved in a serious car accident, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. Internal injuries can be very serious, particularly if you do not receive immediate medical attention. Our experienced team is committed to obtaining the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, and the pain and suffering you have endured. Protecting your rights is our top priority and we will not stop fighting for you until justice has been served. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.