Internal Injuries from Motor Vehicle Accidents


Common Internal Injuries Sustained in Vehicular Accidents 

Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of severe injuries. While some injuries are immediately apparent, others can be internal and more difficult to diagnose.  

This article will explore the most common internal injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents and their causes. We'll also discuss the potential consequences of not seeking immediate medical attention and provide tips for accident prevention. 

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) 

A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain caused by an external force. In a motor vehicle accident, this could occur if a person's head hits the steering wheel or dashboard or if an object penetrates the skull. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. They can cause cognitive issues, memory loss, mood changes, and physical disabilities. 

Chest Injuries 

Chest injuries often result from the impact of a crash, causing broken ribs or damage to the heart and lungs. These injuries can lead to difficulty breathing, severe pain, and can be life-threatening if left untreated. 

Abdominal Injuries 

Abdominal injuries are often caused by the seat belt's force during a collision. These injuries can affect the liver, spleen, kidneys, or intestines. Symptoms might include abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, internal bleeding can occur. 

Spinal Cord Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries can occur from the sudden, traumatic impact to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses one or more of the vertebrae. This can lead to permanent changes in:  

  • your strength,  

  • ability to feel sensations, and  

  • other body functions below the site of the injury. 

Organ Damage 

Motor vehicle accidents, unfortunately, have the potential to cause severe internal organ damage. During a collision, the body's internal organs are subjected to intense force and can be harmed by the sudden stop or change in direction. Vital organs like the liver, lungs, heart, kidneys, spleen, brain, and intestines are particularly vulnerable during a crash.  

The type of accident, whether it's a head-on collision, rear-end accident, or a rollover, significantly influences the extent of organ damage. Factors such as the speed of the collision, the use of seat belts and airbags, and the size and weight of the vehicle also play crucial roles. For instance, high-speed collisions tend to cause more severe injuries. 

Signs of Internal Bleeding 

Symptoms of internal bleeding can include dizziness, severe weakness, shortness of breath, low blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. If you or someone else has been in a car accident and experiences these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.  

The Consequences of Delaying Medical Attention 

Not seeking immediate medical attention after a motor vehicle accident can lead to severe complications, including organ failure, permanent disability, and even death. Even if you feel fine after an accident, it's essential to get checked out by a health professional. 

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Our attorney believes in active engagement, keeping clients informed and updated on their cases at all times. Throughout your case, we take the time to explain each step, ensuring clients understand their options and the potential outcomes of their case. If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you can trust our firm with your case.  

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