After a severe impact, you could sustain injuries that are painful and clearly visible. However, in many cases, the high levels of adrenaline at the time of an impact could mask the pain or other injury symptoms. Therefore, you might not even realize that you’re grievously injured.
Internal injuries are usually challenging to diagnose because there are not many external symptoms. With that said, it is vital to be examined by a medical practitioner right after the impact, no matter whether you are experiencing any visible symptoms or not.
Common Internal Injuries from Impacts
Internal injuries are very dangerous as they are difficult to detect and typically warrant a medical exam to diagnose them. Some of the most common internal injuries are as follows:
Internal bleeding, also called internal hemorrhaging, refers to bleeding within the body. Internal bleeding can occur due to trauma, aneurysms, or various other causes. It can easily become fatal if not dealt with immediately.
Internal organs can become injured due to abdominal trauma. Such injuries can significantly impact your body if the organs are injured too gravely as it can interfere with organ function, lead to internal bleeding, and even cause death.
Your spleen can rupture if injured, which can cause internal bleeding. A ruptured spleen typically requires surgery to repair it.
If you fracture your ribs or experience trauma from a sharp object, you could puncture a lung. This condition makes it very difficult to breathe and is potentially fatal.
Abdominal Aorta Rupture
The abdominal aorta is a significant artery that supplies blood to your body’s bottom half. If this ruptures or is compressed, also called an abdominal aorta aneurism, it could lead to serious internal bleeding. Such an injury can be fatal.
In general, kidney damage occurs due to accidents where the lower back or flank is affected. Kidney damage may be permanent, warranting dialysis or a transplant. However, kidney damage can also cause potentially fatal internal bleeding.
If you hit your head hard enough in a collision or suffer an aneurysm, you could have a brain bleed. A brain bleed can lead to brain damage or stroke and necessitates immediate medical treatment as this condition can be deadly.
The liver can be torn open due to a collision, or the force of the impact can significantly damage the liver. If the liver is injured, it can result in internal bleeding and other issues. The patient must have their liver repaired immediately to avoid potentially deadly consequences.
Internal Injury: Symptoms to Watch Out For
It is important to understand which internal injuries occur more commonly. But as they are difficult to detect, it is also vital to know the symptoms of internal injuries, so you realize when to seek medical attention. These symptoms may appear to indicate any injury, including an internal injury.
The following are symptoms that could indicate an internal injury:
- Abdominal inflammation
- Inflammation in other places on the body
- Abdominal pain or pain in other body areas, with or without obvious injuries
- Regions of deep purple skin from blood pooling inside
- Serious headaches
- Dizziness caused by blood loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low blood pressure
Compensation for Internal Injuries
It is crucial that you get medical assistance right after a severe impact so that testing and examinations can be undertaken to determine if any internal injuries were suffered. The treatment for the injuries should be paid for by the individual responsible for causing the injury, which usually means that their insurer must cover the bill.
Victims of internal injuries should be fully compensated for the following:
- All medical expenses, including those for continuing care or adaptive devices that may be necessary to deal with internal injuries or with life after suffering permanent injuries.
- Lost income, covering not just time off from work, but also vacation time or sick time and any future or continuing reduction in earnings due to the injuries.
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
- Damages for emotional distress.
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At Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C., our injury lawyers have the experience and knowledge to seek maximum compensation for our clients. Internal injury victims deserve compensation for their ongoing medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering they endured due to the injury. Do not delay as there may be specific time limits that victims have to file compensatory lawsuits. To learn more about your options, call today at 678-981-5370 to speak with a member of our legal team.