Even when the vehicles involved in an auto accident are traveling at relatively slow speeds, victims can suffer serious injuries and even death.
One catastrophic injury caused in a collision is internal organ damage. In some cases, a person may not realize he has internal injuries until days after the crash, when symptoms develop—and sometimes when the damage is life-threatening.
Common Internal Injuries Due to Car Crashes
Organs can be damaged due to the blunt impact force of a collision, or when an object punctures someone. These injuries occur whether or not a person wore a seat belt.
Here are typical crash-related internal injuries:
Abdominal aorta aneurysm.
If the stomach is compressed in a collision, it can cause the abdominal aorta—the body's major blood vessel—to rupture, which is often fatal.
This is a common injury that manifests into a more serious condition, such as damaged lungs, kidneys, or major blood vessels.
Pneumothorax is a collapsed lung often caused by the lung being punctured and air leaking in the space between the lung and chest wall. It can require immediate medical treatment and puts the victim at risk for experiencing another pneumothorax within one or two years of the first one.
This is a common injury due to its proximity to the abdomen, and any force or compression of the region can lead to internal bleeding. If the damage is severe enough, the spleen may need to be removed.
The liver produces proteins necessary for blood clotting, makes chemicals needed for digestion, metabolizes toxins, and is a vital organ to the body’s functioning. If it's torn apart or otherwise seriously damaged in a car accident, immediate surgery may be needed to avoid complications or death.
Damage to a kidney may require an organ transplant or long-term dialysis. Acute damage can cause fatal internal bleeding.
If a negligent driver caused you to suffer internal organ damage in a car accident, he may be liable for compensation to cover your lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Our experienced car accident attorneys are ready to help. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.