Internal Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
When a serious car accident occurs, the injuries to drivers and passengers may not be noticeable to the naked eye. In fact, many accident victims wind up suffering serious internal injuries from the collision. For example, many people may suffer an acceleration and deceleration injury due to their body being thrust forward and backward. This is what typically happens in a car accident when people are restrained with a seat belt.
You might not immediately notice that you have an internal injury until some time after the accident when it might be too late. To make matters worse, some ER doctors only look for visible, or more easily noticeable, injuries and do not conduct a thorough examination. This is why you should make sure you are thoroughly examined or schedule an appointment with your primary care physician shortly after an accident even if it seems like you escaped the wreck without a scratch.
Causes of Car Accident Internal Injuries
Cars carry significant force and momentum when they are on the move. This even applies when the car is traveling at low speed. When the car suddenly stops due to a collision, the momentum is transferred to the occupants of the car.
The body cannot usually handle this transfer of force and momentum. As a result, there could be internal bleeding, organ damage, and even external injuries.
Internal injuries can also happen when there is airbag deployment or a car occupant hits something. Bike and motorcycle riders are more prone to these impact accidents because they barely have any protection against the ground or other objects.
Types of Internal Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car accidents can result in a variety of internal injuries. The following are some of them:
- Fractured ribs: Broken ribs have to heal in a painful and time-consuming process. Broken ribs can easily puncture the lungs or damage a blood vessel, creating a medical emergency.
- Internal bleeding: Internal bleeding often happens when impact from the accident damages a blood vessel. A ruptured blood vessel might not be able to clot, leading to a continuous loss of blood. Even when it clots, it could affect the circulation of blood. Common symptoms include breathing problems, disorientation, weakness, blood in urine, and vomiting.
- Brain bleeding: If an accident leads to impact against the head, there could be bleeding in the brain. This could prevent the flow of oxygen to some parts of the brain, and could lead to permanent brain damage.
- Abdominal aorta aneurysm: The abdominal aorta can rupture if the stomach is exposed to pressure or compression in an accident. Without prompt treatment, this can easily lead to death.
- Pneumothorax: Pneumothorax may develop when the lung is punctured or collapses in a car accident. It can cause air to flood the chest cavity, leading to pneumothorax.
Compensation for Auto Accidents Causing Internal Injuries
The treatment of internal bleeding can cost you a lot (both financially and long-term health). As such, the party responsible for the accident should compensate you for your loss.
The following are some of the compensations you can expect for an internal bleeding car accident:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages, this includes the wage loss that occurs during immediate treatment and any future wage loss from continuing treatment;
- Pain and suffering;
- Wrongful death if you lose a loved one in the accident.
Speak to an Experienced Houston Car Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one suffered a serious internal injury in an automobile collision, take action and schedule a time to speak with an experienced Houston auto accident lawyer. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free case review 713-221-6800.