After a car accident, you may not think that you’ve sustained injuries because you can’t see any bruises, lacerations, or other evidence of bodily harm. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ve avoided injury. It’s entirely possible that you have internal injuries, which can be more difficult to detect. You also may be feeling fine because you’re in shock, which will mask symptoms of injuries. Those who believe they’re uninjured may soon experience more serious symptoms later because the injuries have worsened.
When an injury progresses because it hasn’t been treated, the entire nature of the injury can change. Something that could have been treated and gone on to make a full recovery may now be something that will cause chronic problems for the rest of a person’s life. Injury recovery windows often change depending on how quickly care can be administered– especially when it comes to internal injuries. This is why it’s imperative for you to get to the doctor as soon as possible.
Let’s look into how dangerous internal injuries can be:
What Causes Internal Car Accident Injuries?
Internal injuries can happen from two kinds of trauma. The first is blunt trauma, which happens when an object moving at high speed collides with a body part. The force of the hit typically tears or crushes blood vessels inside the body. The other kind is penetrating trauma. This occurs when a foreign object penetrates the body, which tears holes into blood vessels.
These types of internal injuries can occur in high and low speed crashes. It could be a fatal mistake to believe that a low-speed crash can’t result in dangerous injuries. Any time a car crashes, the force of the impact affects the people inside it. While seat belts and airbags are supposed to help absorb this impact, it doesn’t always leave the vehicle occupants unscathed.
What Internal Injuries Can Auto Wrecks Cause?
Internal injuries can present in different ways. Here are some common internal injuries one may suffer from if they’ve been in an auto collision.
- Fractured or broken bones
- Vital organ damage, such as a collapsed lung or damaged liver
- Abdominal aorta aneurysm, which occurs when the stomach is injured. The compression of the stomach breaks the abdominal aorta, which usually results in a fatality.
- Internal bleeding
Internal bleeding can affect major organs, which can make the injury life-threatening. Typically, these injuries can be obvious and need immediate medical treatment. However, there can be less obvious internal bleeding injuries that aren’t as serious, but still require medical care. While symptoms will depend on what area of the body was affecting, it’s common for people to experience headaches, seizures, dizziness, lightheadedness, abdominal pain and swelling, a large area of purple skin, or tightness or swelling in the leg.
What If You’ve Suffered Internal Injuries in a Car Accident?
When another person has acted negligently and caused your injuries, then they should be held accountable for their actions. While they may seem like they’ll work with you after the initial accident, you may find that when you file your claim, they’re saying that you were partially at fault for what happened. If you’re found to be partially liable, then you cannot recover full compensation. This could lead to financial troubles if you have significant medical bills and other expenses as a result of the accident.
The lawyers at Prince Law Firm will show that you weren’t partially at fault for the accident. We’ll examine your case and use all the evidence to prove that the negligent party was fully responsible. Then we’ll make sure that your settlement is fair and will help you cover what the accident cost you. Get in touch with us today. Contacting a skilled car wreck attorney quickly may allow physical evidence to be discovered that will help your claim and will also put you on the right path to recovering the damages from the accident. We’ll discuss your case in an obligation-free consultation and work with you to decide how you should proceed.