Internal Organ Injury In a Florida Car Crash
Through blunt force trauma, perforation from a broken bone, extreme pressure from a seat belt, or puncture wounds caused by metal, glass, or other objects, car crash victims can be left with serious life threatening internal organ damage. Sometimes, these injuries are discovered hours or even days later. Victims should be compensated fairly for these extreme injuries, many of which require surgery to remove or repair the damaged tissue. Serious organ damage may require the complete removal of that organ, such as a kidney, resulting in lost value of life and disability. These damages must be properly compensated for by the at-fault party whose negligent driving resulted in the injuries.
Most Common Internal Organ Damage From Traffic Collisions
- Ruptured Spleen—The spleen acts as blood filter and controls red blood cell production and fluid balance, according to Live Science. It is one of the few organs that we can live without, though living without it can have a detrimental effect on the victim’s long term health and athletic ability.
- Punctured Lung (Pneumothorax)—The most common cause of a punctured lung during a car crash is when a fractured rib lacerates the lung itself. This causes a sudden change in air pressure, and the lung is no longer able to fully inflate. Pneumothorax is a life-threatening complication, and can be very painful.
- Internal Bleeding—Internal bleeding happens when an artery or vein is damaged, and blood is released inside the body. It can also happen when an organ is damaged and releases blood. Internal bleeding is difficult to catch, and if it does not stop on its own, the patient can go into shock, or blood flow to other organs and veins may be pinched off, according to Medicine.net.
- Liver Laceration—A liver laceration occurs when the liver is torn or suffers blunt force trauma during a collision. According to research, 70 percent of liver lacerations are caused in car crashes.
- Kidney Damage—Extreme pressure from a seat belt, particularly a lap-only seat belt, can result in kidney damage, such as bruising, lacerations, or bleeding.
- Pelvic Floor / Uterus Injuries—Blunt force trauma, often from a seat belt, can cause serious and permanent damage to the pelvic floor and/or uterus. This can leave a permanent impairment on the victim’s reproductive system, and may result in chronic pain.
- Traumatic Brain Damage—The most common internal organ damage is to the brain. Commonly referred to as a concussion, there are many forms of and varying degrees of severity when it comes to TBIs.
Call Our Orlando Traffic Collision Organ Injury Attorneys Today for Help
Internal organ damage is difficult to diagnose, and sometimes even more difficult to treat. Victims may end up losing large parts of the damaged organ, and suffer a diminished quality of life and health as a result. If you were injured in a traffic collision and suffered any damage to your internal organs, you need to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Call the experienced Orlando personal injury lawyers at the Payer Law today at 866-930-1238 to schedule a free consultation.