Internal damage injuries are life-altering. They often require help from medical professions, sometimes even surgeries, to heal properly. Even then, you may be left with lifelong disabilities. If you or a loved one are suffering from internal damage due to someone else’s negligence or poor decisions, you shouldn’t be left swimming in medical debt. We at The Lenahan Law Firm have been fighting for our clients and their compensation for years. We always put out clients first, and doggedly pursue their damages. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, such as internal damage, we may be the right law firm for you.
There are two categories of internal injuries: blunt trauma and penetrating trauma. Blunt trauma refers to when part of the body hits something else, usually at a high speed or with extreme force. This results in blood vessels becoming crushed or torn, causing internal bleeding and bruising. Common causes for blunt trauma include:
Penetrating trauma is when an object penetrates the body, tearing blood vessels, organs, and muscles apart. The more common causes of penetrating trauma are:
- Assault with a weapon, such as a gun or knife
- Crushed vehicles
- Shrapnel from a vehicle accident
- Falling onto a sharp object
Internal damage is a broad category of injury, with many different areas of the body that can be hurt. These different areas and organs present different dangers. Some can be fatal almost immediately; others may take some time to even be noticeable. If you suspect that you have internal damage, or if you have been involved in a vehicle car accident and are unsure if you’ve suffered internal injuries, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the most common areas of internal damage are the:
Heart: Your heart is protected by the top portion of your ribs, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from harm. A heavy blow to the chest, like in a car accident, can cause bruising on your heart, a tear in the aorta, or a myocardial contusion. Any damage to your heart is life-threatening, as your brain can’t survive without blood flow for very long.
Brain/skull: Anything slamming into your head presents a potential danger to your skull and brain. If your head is hit too hard, you may experience a skull fracture, a brain hemorrhage, or damage to your brain tissue. These sorts of injuries may not be immediately noticeable but are dangerous if not treated in time.
Kidneys: The kidneys are often the result of car accidents. There are no bones around them to provide protection – unlike with your brain, heart, and lungs – which makes them especially vulnerable. This means that they can very easily tear or bruise. Damaged kidneys are not immediately fatal, but they can cause complications and further medical costs if not caught and treated quickly.
Abdomen: Steering wheels and seat belts are often at abdomen height, making it an incredibly common area to be injured during a car accident. Unfortunately, it is also where many organs are located. Abdominal damage can injure the liver, spleen, large intestine, and pancreas.
Lungs: If punctured, either by something penetrating the body or by a rib that was cracked with blunt force, air will leak out of the lung quickly. The air will then become trapped between the chest wall, preventing the lungs from fully expanding and you from breathing.
Because the damage is inside the body, internal injuries may not be noticeable right away. That’s why it is so important that you seek medical help after any sort of accident, even if you don’t believe you are injured.
The symptoms of internal damage depend heavily on which area of the body was hurt. It most often presents itself as intense pain in the area that was hit with blunt force. A bruised or damaged heart may make you feel nauseous or out of breath. Internal bleeding of the brain can cause your vision to become blurred, make you confused, or cause your speech to become slurred. If you find blood in your urine or stool, then you may have damaged kidneys.
Persistent pain in an area that was hit or penetrated during a vehicle accident requires immediate medical attention to heal properly. If not treated, it can lead to extreme complications and even death.
The Dallas personal injury attorneys at The Lenahan Law Firm are dedicated to our clients, through thick and thin. Our client base is small, allowing us to give those we work with our full, undivided attention and dedication. Call us at (214) 295-1008 and find out if we’re the right firm for your case. With years of experience with catastrophic injury cases, we have the knowledge to fight for you until you receive the compensation you need.
- Internal Bleeding: Invisible Injuries
- Overview of Abdominal Injuries - Merck Manual
- Your Kidneys & How They Work - NIH