Internal Injuries from Automobile Collisions

Internal injuries can be a serious result of North Carolina automobile collisions, which can be especially deadly because there are not always outward symptoms to warn injured victims that they are in medical jeopardy. Internal injuries must be treated promptly and properly, and patients must get the ongoing care they need for their internal injuries to avoid life-threatening complications.

Causes of Internal Injuries in Automobile Collisions

Cars have significant force and momentum even when they are moving at relatively slow speeds. When vehicles strike each other or when a car hits a fixed object, the momentum of the vehicle is transferred to the bodies of the vehicle occupants. The body is often not able to safely absorb the force. The inside of the body can be severely harmed by the tremendous force that is released in a car accident, resulting in internal bleeding, organ damage or other internal injuries.

Internal injuries can also occur as a result of the air bag deploying or as a result of being ejected from the vehicle and suffering an impact injury when hitting the ground or other objects during an automobile collision.

Types of Internal Injuries

The damage done to the body by the force of a car crash can manifest in a number of different ways. For example, those who sustain internal injuries in a car wreck may suffer from:

  • Fractured Ribs – Broken ribs usually must heal on their own in a painful and time-consuming process. A broken rib could damage blood vessels or could puncture a lung, which would create a medical emergency.
  • Internal Bleeding – The blood vessels in the body can be damaged or severed in a car accident. A ruptured blood vessel can cause bleeding that doesn’t clot, but the formation of clots can also be dangerous, as they can prevent blood from circulating. Internal bleeding can result in confusion, weakness and disorientation. Symptoms can also include breathing problems, bruising and bloody vomit or urine. Organ failure and death may result if internal bleeding is not treated promptly.
  • Brain Bleeding – If either an open or a closed head wound occurs due to the crash, there may be bleeding in the brain. This can result in oxygen not getting to the parts of the brain where it needs to go, often causing permanent brain damage. Excess pressure on the brain can also have a permanent and damaging effect.
  • Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm – If the stomach is crushed by a car wreck or is compressed when the accident occurs, the abdominal aorta can break (rupture). This almost always results in death.
    Damage to the spleen – The spleen is located in the abdomen and contains disease-fighting blood cells that work to help the body fight infection and kill unwanted bacteria. A car accident can damage the spleen or even rupture it, flooding the abdominal cavity with blood. This can be fatal.
  • Pneumothorax – If a lung is punctured and collapses due to car accident, air can flood the chest cavity and result in pneumothorax.
  • Liver Damage – The liver can be torn open as a result of an accident or the force of the crash can do significant damage to the liver. Internal bleeding and other problems can result if the liver is injured, and the liver must be repaired promptly to avoid potentially fatal complications.
  • Kidney Damage – Typically, kidney damage results from accidents where the flank or lower back is impacted. Not only may damage to the kidneys be permanent, necessitating dialysis or a transplant, but kidney damage can also lead to potentially fatal internal bleeding.

Other types of organ damage may occur as well, the symptoms and complications of which will vary depending upon which organ in the body is affected. It is always important to seek prompt medical attention after a North Carolina automobile collision.

Compensation for Internal Injuries

Internal injuries may not always have symptoms that show up right away. If and when you do exhibit symptoms, you may not realize right away what they signify or how bad your internal injuries are. If you do not get treatment for your internal injuries immediately, your health situation could become much worse.

It is essential that you get medical help immediately after a car accident so that testing and examinations can be performed to determine if any internal injuries were sustained. The treatment for car accident injuries should be paid for by the person responsible for causing the car wreck, which generally means that his or her insurance company must pick up the bill.

Those who sustain internal injuries should be fully compensated for:

  • All medical costs, including those for ongoing care or adaptive devices that may be needed to cope with internal injuries or with life after sustaining permanent injuries.
  • Lost wages, covering not just time off from work, but also sick time or vacation time and any future or ongoing reduction in income resulting from the car accident injuries.
  • Pain and suffering compensation.
  • Emotional distress damages.

Representation for Internal Injuries

If you’ve suffered an internal injury from a North Carolina automobile collision caused by another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. Maginnis Law’s lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard is experienced in handling complex cases including those involving victims who have suffered major internal injuries due to the negligence of another North Carolina driver.

All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency basis. You can contact us at 919.526.0450. Email inquiries may be sent to info@maginnislaw.com utilizing our contact page.