After a serious car accident, you may exhibit many physical injuries – contusions, bleeding, broken bones, and burns. However, you may have suffered less obvious injuries, and not even know it.
Internal injuries are defined as any trauma that involves the organs or cavities of the body. Internal injuries are often more serious than outward injuries and are harder to diagnose, which can make them deadly.
Commonly ignored and misdiagnosed internal injuries resulting from a car accident include:
- Chest injuries – Impact with the chest area can cause punctured lungs, heart, and/or aorta.
- Abdominal injuries – A blow to the stomach area can rupture the liver, spleen, and bowels.
- Internal bleeding – A punctured or ruptured organ can result in internal bleeding, which can lead to serious blood loss, causing shock and/or death.
- Traumatic brain injury – Serious impact to the head can cause the skull to fracture and result in permanent injury to the brain.
Since internal injuries are not visible, you may think you’re fine. You may even think you don’t have to go to the hospital after your car accident. In the event you do go to the hospital, doctors may not realize the severity of your injuries and take care of others with visible injuries.
It is important to look for the following subtle symptoms of internal injuries after an accident:
- Shortness of breath
- Decrease in blood pressure
- Loss of vision
- Slurred speech
- Joint stiffness
- Blood in urine, vomit, and/or stool
- Loss of sensation
- Intense pain
Untreated internal injuries can have long-lasting consequences and affect your ability to lead a normal life. If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident and suffered internal injuries, you need to call me at 1 (800) 556-4769. I will meet you at any time and place that is convenient for you, and we can discuss your case.
Author: Tim Misny | For over 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.