Many injuries suffered in traffic accidents, such as bone fractures, are obvious to the naked eye. It is easy in such cases to know that medical attention is needed right away. There are some internal injuries commonly suffered in car accidents that are much more difficult to spot. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can prove fatal if not treated right away.
Any time a car accident occurs, there is the potential for victims to suffer internal injuries. Even low-speed collisions can result in trauma to internal organs. This is why it is absolutely necessary to go to the hospital following a crash, even if you are not sure that you have been injured.
Some of the most common internal injuries suffered in car accidents include:
- Internal bleeding: When blood vessels in the body are not able to repair themselves by clotting, blood may continue to hemorrhage into the body. Common symptoms of internal bleeding include fatigue, lightheadedness, abdominal pain, a pale complexion, coldness, and thirst.
- Abdominal aorta aneurysm: This is when a compressed stomach results in a rupture to the abdominal aorta. This could prove fatal.
- Organ injury: It is possible to endure so much internal trauma during a collision that an organ will completely shut down or stop functioning.
- Broken ribs: A fractured rib can puncture the lungs or other organs as well as major blood vessels.
- Ruptured spleen: This can cause large amounts of internal bleeding and possible infections, which will require monitoring or surgery to prevent major injuries.
Internal injuries can require expensive surgical procedures and long hospitalization stays. Victims of internal injuries can seek financial compensation for their losses from the at-fault driver. A skilled car accident attorney will make sure that fair compensation is offered for all of the victim’s losses.
The Seattle car accident internal injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. are known for helping victims get the support they need. We provide free consultations at (888) 228-3860 to anyone who has been injured or has lost a loved one in a car accident.