Can car accidents cause internal injuries?
Internal injuries can result from the impact of a crash. They happen when internal organs are damaged due to the impact of a crash or from being punctured by a broken bone or foreign object.
Internal injuries can happen when a crash victim makes contact with a seat belt, steering wheel, airbag or head rest.
Treating internal injuries after a crash can be expensive, especially if surgery is needed. That's why it's critical to speak to an experienced car accident attorney who can help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and other crash-related damages.
Common crash-related internal injuries
Internal injuries linked to crashes often include:
- Internal injuries caused by broken bones: the ribs and collarbone are close to many vital organs. When one of these bones breaks, it's possible for the heart, lungs, arteries or other organs to get punctured.
- Abdominal injuries: The stomach may become compressed, which can result in the aorta becoming ruptured or damaged. This type of injury can be fatal.
- Trauma to internal organs: The kidneys and liver can be damaged from the impact of a crash. This can lead to bleeding or shutting down of the organs.
- Collapsed lung: When a rib or foreign objects pierces the lungs, they can collapse. While this type of injury can be deadly, it may not cause any immediate breathing issues.
- Ruptured spleen: The spleen can become ruptured in a crash, leading to internal bleeding. The spleen may need to be repaired or removed through surgery.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): A crash victim can appear OK on the surface, but have sustained a serious internal TBI that can cause long term cognitive and physical complications.
- Internal bleeding: Internal bleeding can occur when the blood vessels are damaged during a crash and don't heal or clot properly.
How do I know if I sustained an internal injury?
The best way to find out if you have sustained an internal injury after a crash is to see a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you feel fine during the moments following your crash, an internal injury may be revealed through a medical evaluation.
In addition, you may experience weakness, fatigue, dizziness, increased heart rate, blood in your urine, nausea, vomiting, confusion and several other possible symptoms.
Why should I hire an attorney to help me get compensated?
You may have serious injuries after a crash. The at-fault driver's insurance company will likely do whatever it takes to avoid paying for all damages owed to you. They may claim that you were somehow at fault for your crash. They may even claim that your injuries are exaggerated.
Don't try to deal with an insurance company on your own. They may use your word as leverage against your claim. That's why it's critical that you speak to an experienced New Hampshire car accident attorney as soon as possible.
To get started on your claim, contact Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. and learn about the legal options available to you.