Internal injuries, such as punctured lungs or ruptured spleens, are extremely dangerous. They often affect vital bodily functions and are difficult to detect upon first look.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious internal injuries because of another’s negligence, the attorneys at Guajardo & Marks can help. We will investigate your case and determine who is responsible for your injuries. Our team will fight for you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Examples of Organ Damage
Organ damage often leads to serious health complications and can result in a series of organ failures. Injuries vary from one accident to another, but a few common examples include:
- Pierced or collapsed lung
- Heart failure
- Kidney damage
- Abdominal ruptures
- Liver damage
- Spleen damage
- Traumatic brain injuries.
These injuries might result in massive internal bleeding, respiratory failure, abscesses, obstructions and death. Initially, internal injuries or organ damage may not be detectable, though it is imperative that a victim receive treatment as soon as symptoms appear.
Symptoms of Internal Injuries
Internal injuries might be revealed in many warnings signs. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Swelling of the abdomen or other body part
- Discolored skin or deep bruising
- Sensations of tightness in the affected body part
- Faintness or lightheadedness
- Severe headaches
- Difficulties with vision.
traumatic accident, they might suffer an acute stress reaction (also referred to as shock), making detection of these injuries even more difficult.
The ability of a healthcare provider to recognize internal injuries and act quickly can be the difference between life and death for a victim.
Anytime an organ fails or internal bleeding is excessive, victims become extremely vulnerable to serious health complications. Internal bleeding can lead to septic shock, and bodily functions might begin to shut down completely.
How Organ Damage Happens
Serious internal organ damage can occur whenever there is a blunt impact to the body. They are most common in vehicle collisions.
Organ damage can occur because:
- A driver collides with a steering wheel
- A seat belt causes intestinal injuries or bone fractures, such as broken ribs
- A pedestrian is struck by a vehicle.
These types of injuries are also possible in workplace accidents.
Organ damage can occur because:
- A worker falls from a great height
- A worker is struck by an object
- A worker is caught between two objects.
Consequences of Organ Damage
Organ damage can be life-threatening, painful and require extensive medical treatment. For those that survive internal injuries, they can have long-lasting health complications, in addition to medical bills, lost time at work, diminished work capacity and a diminished quality of life.
When organ damage is fatal, a family also faces many challenges stemming from the loss of a loved one. They might also experience lost income and medical bills, in addition to funeral expenses, burial costs and any other end-of-life costs.
Legal Options After Organ Damage
If a victim’s injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, the victim can take legal action to win payment for the damages they have suffered. For example, if a drunk driver hits a pedestrian, resulting in organ damage, the pedestrian can file a personal injury claim to receive payment for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering.
When someone’s negligence causes another person’s death, that victim’s family can file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim can help a family cope with the incredible costs associated with the death of a loved one. Nothing will ever replace the loss of a loved one, though these claims can help families overcome some of the financial burdens suffered in the wake of a wrongful death.
If You Need Help, Contact Guajardo & Marks
At Guajardo & Marks, we have years of experience handling cases involving serious, complex personal injuries. We make sure that our clients get treated with the care and respect that they deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered serious internal injuries and you wish to discuss your legal options, contact our firm today to learn more. We offer free consultations and earn no fee unless we win your case.