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Complications with Internal Car Accident Injuries

Posted on in Personal Injury Lawsuits

IL accident lawyerOne of the most common causes of car accident injuries is the blunt force trauma of the collision. Sometimes, the effects of this trauma are immediately apparent. For example, an injury victim may suffer broken bones or visible bruising, or bleeding. However, blunt force trauma can also cause internal bleeding and injuries that may not be so obvious. Getting medical attention immediately after an accident is important not only to diagnose the full extent of your injuries and get the treatment you need, but also to document your injuries for the purposes of filing a personal injury claim.

Common Internal Injuries in Car Wrecks

Some internal injuries that may be caused by car accident trauma include:

  • Broken or fractured ribs
  • Punctured lungs
  • Damage to the spleen, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs
  • Internal bleeding in the head, chest, or abdomen

While internal injuries sometimes have external symptoms, this is not always the case, at least not immediately. If you experience any pain, headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, or other unexplained symptoms after a collision, it is important to get a medical examination to determine whether something more serious may be wrong. If you start to notice visible symptoms like swelling or discoloration of the skin soon after the accident, these are often clear indicators that you have suffered an internal injury.

Some minor internal injuries may heal on their own, but a doctor’s observations are still important to ensure that the injuries are healing properly and that there are no complications. You may also require a blood transfusion to recover any blood loss through internal bleeding. For more serious internal injuries, you may need emergency surgery to stop bleeding and repair organ damage. Delaying this treatment increases the risk of suffering from long-term impairment of your organ functions.

Medical Evidence in a Personal Injury Claim

If your internal injuries were caused by a car accident with a negligent driver, you are likely entitled to compensation for the costs of your medical care and treatment, as well as other economic and non-economic damages related to your injuries. However, in order to demonstrate negligence, you must show a clear connection between the other party’s actions and your injuries. Waiting to receive treatment after an accident can raise questions as to whether your injuries were, in fact, caused by the collision. Even if you are uncertain that you have suffered an injury, getting prompt medical help is important to improve your chances of a successful outcome through an injury settlement or lawsuit.

Contact a Waukegan Personal Injury Lawyer

Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover compensation for all manner of injuries suffered in a car accident. However, you may encounter obstacles to getting the full compensation you deserve, and you can benefit from the help of a Lake County car accident injury attorney to help you overcome them. At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., we will help you preserve all records of your medical care and treatment and use them to support your claim. Contact us today at 847-662-3303 to set up a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/internal-bleeding-causes-signs

https://www.healthline.com/health/internal-bleeding

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