Internal Injuries Caused By a Car Accident

August 1, 2022 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman
Internal Injuries Caused By a Car Accident

Internal Injuries Caused By Car Accidents Can Lead to Severe Health Complications

Internal injuries are some of the most dangerous injuries you can receive from a car accident. They can impact the ability of vital organs to operate and, if not treated immediately, can result in death. Every year, about 60,000 Americans die from blood loss. If you lose enough blood, you will go into a lethal hemorrhagic shock. Organs shut down and you can suffer from permanent damage that can leave you dealing with various disabilities. Various treatments and surgery can save your life and minimize the damage caused by internal injuries. 

Internal Injuries From Car Accidents Have Consequences

However, the surgeries come at a steep cost. You can miss out on wages as you recover from injuries and maybe lose opportunities at your job because of disabilities resulting from your injuries.  If your car accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, it's important to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party liable for the accident. A successful lawsuit will allow you to receive compensation to pay for your medical bills.

What is an Internal Injury?

An internal injury is any type of injury that affects the interior of the body. These injuries are mostly associated with damage to the various organs located inside of your torso like the lungs, heart, liver, etc. but can include organs from other areas such as the brain and abdomen.  It's important to seek emergency medical care via the emergency room or similar emergency medical facility immediately after a severe car accident. Symptoms, including fatigue, abdominal pain, and lightheadedness can seem like they are not serious indications that something is wrong but they could signal that you have an internal injury.  The only way to be sure is to get an x-ray to see what is going on inside your body. An untreated internal injury can lead to organ failure, seizures, and hemorrhagic shock.

How Can a Car Accident Cause An Internal Injury?

A car accident can cause an internal injury if a part of your body is compressed between two heavy objects in the impact of a collision. The rattling of your body can also lead to broken ribs, which can slice open organs and cause a severe interior injury.

Internal Bleeding is the Most Common Internal Injury Caused By a Car Accident

Most motorists that come away from a car accident with an internal injury suffer from internal bleeding. Internal bleeding is caused by damage to a blood vessel or organ that leads to a loss of blood. Internal bleeding is associated with almost all other types of internal injuries, including broken ribs, organ injuries, ruptured spleens, and traumatic brain injuries. While rest can heal mild cases, more severe cases can require surgery to stop the bleeding.

Car Accidents Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury is caused by the physical trauma to the head that a car collision can create. A car accident can lead to blunt force trauma to the head and cause a traumatic brain injury. There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries, the severity of which is determined by a number of factors such as the intensity of the forces involved, the location of the trauma, how the trauma was inflicted, etc. A car accident can also cause intracranial bleeding, which prevents oxygen from reaching areas of the brain.  In 2019, there were about 61,000 traumatic brain injury-related deaths in the United States. It's important to seek medical attention as early as possible after an accident to avoid fatal complications. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can be a difficult task due to the negative cognitive and physical effects the injury can have on the victim. On top of that, a traumatic brain injury can lead to mental disorders

An Internal Injury Caused By a Car Accident Can Damage the Kidney and Liver

The impact of a car accident can lead to damage to organs important for the proper functioning of your body. The two organs most at risk of receiving damage from a car accident are the kidney and the liver. Damage to either can lead to a shut-down in organ functioning and lethal internal bleeding. If the car accident affects any organ, surgery will be required to repair the torn organ and restore functionality.

A Punctured Lung is an Internal Injury Caused by a Car Accident

If you suffer a broken rib during a car accident, there's a high likelihood that the rib will puncture your lung. This will cause the lung to deflate and send air into the chest. This air is commonly referred to as pneumothorax. Puncturing your lung can lead to sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and a rapid heart rate. The only way to heal a punctured lung is by going under the knife. A doctor will insert a tube into your chest to siphon out all of the air flooding your chest and allow your lungs to expand again. 

Filing a Lawsuit to Collect Damages Caused by a Car Accident

To avoid fatal complications associated with internal injuries, victims will have to seek treatment in a number of forms ranging from surgery to various drugs. These treatments can end up costing amounts of money that even those with savings will have difficulty dealing with. There are also the wages that are lost while one is recovering from their injuries and are unable to work. Some are even unfortunate enough to suffer injuries that leave them unable to return to their job and ruin their past potential to generate an income.  An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with seeking compensation for damages caused by your accident. Those that have exhausted all the coverage available through personal injury protection and other personal insurance coverage can seek compensation from the party at-fault for the accident and their injuries.  This is typically done by filing a car accident injury claim with the at-fault party's insurance. A personal injury lawyer can help you with every facet of this process from investigating your accident, contacting witnesses, preparing essential documents, negotiating a fair settlement, and more. 

Contact Dolman Law Group to Help With Your Car Accident Claim

Hiring an experienced car accident lawyer right after your car accident is of strict importance. A personal injury lawsuit can potentially take a long time, so getting in contact with the right lawyer early can significantly benefit your case. Dolman Law Group's diligent and determined car accident lawyers can help you through the process of your personal injury claim. Our lawyers can put you in the best position to succeed in your case. For your free personal injury consultation, feel free to call us at 833-55-CRASH or leave us a message on our online contact page.


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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