If you were involved in a car accident, you may have sustained an internal injury. Yet, it could go undetected for several days before symptoms begin to set in. Internal injuries may not produce any noticeable or visual signs. You also may not feel any immediate pain.
Internal injuries can be caused by the impact of a crash or the violent shaking drivers and passengers endure. They can even occur during low-impact crashes. Airbag deployment can also result in internal injuries due to the impact.
That’s why it’s important to always seek medical attention promptly after a crash. Your doctor may find that you have sustained a serious underlying injury that needs prompt attention.
Types of internal injuries
Common internal injuries that can be sustained in a crash include:
- Pneumothorax (collapsed lung): A rib fracture can be very painful, but broken ribs can also puncture the lungs and other nearby organs. This can cause the lungs to collapse and air to escape and fill the chest cavity. While this condition can be serious, it often doesn’t cause any immediate pain.
- Organ damage: Organ damage can result in internal bleeding or the organs failing completely. The most common organs to be affected are the kidneys and liver. However, any internal organ can be damaged in a crash.
- Damage to the spleen: The impact of a crash can cause the spleen to rupture and result in internal bleeding. This type of injury may require surgery to repair.
- Abdominal aorta rupture: The impact of a crash can cause the stomach to compress, leading to an abdominal aorta rupture.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): A traumatic brain injury can cause bleeding in the brain and lead to severe head injury and potential brain damage. In addition, subdural hematomas can form and put pressure on the brain tissue.
- Internal bleeding: Blood vessels in the body can become damaged during a crash. If they are unable to clot and heal, internal bleeding can occur.
Some signs of internal injuries may include:
- Pain in the chest, abdomen, or head
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness and disorientation
- Severe bruising
- Increased heart rate
- Fatigue and weakness
Contact an experienced attorney to find out how to get compensated
If you sustained internal injuries in a crash, you may be facing hefty medical expenses and be asked by your doctor to avoid working and engaging in certain activities. The Chicago attorneys at Coplan + Crane know how emotionally and financially devastating this can be. We can tally up all damages accrued from your crash and help you get compensated for all medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. To schedule your free case evaluation, contact us online.