Pursuing a car accident claim after sustaining internal injuries in a crash
You can't predict when a car wreck will occur. It can happen at any time and change your life dramatically. At first, you may be shaken up by the incident and experience shock and adrenaline. You may not be immediately aware that you sustained an injury, but days later, the symptoms may start to set in.
This is common when someone sustained an internal injury that doesn't produce any outward signs or symptoms. That's why it's critical that you see a doctor as soon as possible if you were involved in a crash. A medical evaluation may reveal an underlying injury that you may not be immediately aware of.
What are common internal injuries sustained in crashes?
- Punctured lungs (pneumoxthorax): The lungs or heart can be punctured due to broken ribs. When a bone breaks, it can damage the lungs and even cause them to collapse.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): The impact of a crash can cause the brain to slam against the inside of the skull. This can result in bruising, bleeding and damage to brain tissue. This often results in concussions and other serious TBIs that can cause long-term and permanent brain damage.
- Damage to internal organs: The liver, kidneys and spleen are the most vulnerable internal organs in a crash. Damage to these organs can cause serious health complications and even cause them to fail. Surgery is often required to repair or replace these organs.
- Internal bleeding: Blood vessels can be ruptured during a crash and become unable to clot or heal. This can cause internal bleeding and lead to abdominal pain, dizziness, fatigue and chills. This injury may require surgery to recover from.
- Abdominal aorta injury: A crash can lead to an abdominal aorta injury, which is caused by compression in the stomach. You may experience abdominal pain, low blood pressure and high pulse rate.
Get medical help and speak to an attorney
You should never ignore an internal injury, even if you don't feel like it's causing any complications. It's critical that you get to a doctor as soon as possible. Then, speak to an experienced Wilmington, NC car accident attorney who can help you get compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
The legal team at The Law Offices of Richard Flexner knows how to investigate crashes caused by negligence and deal with stubborn insurance companies. To find out how our law firm can help you, fill out our online contact form and schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys.