Any kind of accident involving a vehicle can obviously lead to devastating injuries. Victims can be so badly hurt that they never recover fully. Not only do these accidents lead to a great deal of pain and physical debilitation, but they can also result in horrible emotional trauma as well. While broken bones and burns are bad enough, victims can also suffer severe internal injuries that are often life-threatening. In fact, vehicular accidents are some of the main causes of internal injury.
The attorneys with Sand Law will be ready to help if you or a loved one have been severely injured due to the negligence of another driver. We will walk you through every step of your lawsuit, keeping you fully informed at all times. Our attorneys know how to produce the evidence needed to give our clients the best chance of obtaining full compensation. We’re ready to put all of our knowledge, skill, and resources to work for you.
Here’s some information on how different types of vehicle accidents can lead to internal injuries and what type of compensation you might be able to obtain.
Car accidents can often subject drivers and passengers to blunt trauma. This occurs when the body strikes an object with a great deal of force, such as the steering wheel. The force can be so strong that it crushes or tears internal blood vessels, resulting in possibly fatal bleeding. If the victim doesn’t receive immediate medical treatment, they could easily die.
A truck accident is one of the more catastrophic causes of internal injury. Since a commercial truck is much larger than a passenger car, the force placed on the car occupants is stronger.
This type of accident can result in what is known as “decelerating trauma,” which happens when some of the body’s organs continue to move forward after an impact while others stop immediately. This can affect not only the lungs and heart but also the brain as well.
For instance, most people probably assume that a traumatic brain injury takes place when the victim’s head hits something hard. But that’s not necessarily the case. When the brain moves inside the skull, that can damage vital blood vessels and nerves – whether or not the skull actually strikes a hard surface.
Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when they’re involved in an accident since they’re so exposed. Even if they’re wearing the proper safety gear, they can still suffer internal injuries. They will often have deep puncture wounds due to shattered glass or metal parts, resulting in perforated organs and internal bleeding.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Someone riding a bicycle or walking near a busy street is just as vulnerable to internal injuries. Bicyclists can suffer abdominal damage, for instance, when they land on the handlebars of the bike after being struck by a vehicle.
A pedestrian’s risk for internal organ damage will depend on many different factors. These include the speed of the vehicle that hits them, the angle at which they’re hit, and the portion of the body that first strikes the vehicle. While head, leg, and pelvis trauma are some of the more common injuries, victims will often suffer traumatic brain injuries as well.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention After a Motor Vehicle Accident to Check for Internal Injuries
Victims who suffer internal injuries often don’t get the immediate medical help they need. The reason is that they will, in many instances, have no idea just how badly hurt they really are. They don’t feel symptoms right after an accident, so they refuse medical attention. It’s not until later – hours, days, or even weeks later – that they realize something’s wrong. By that time, the damage can be so extensive that much more invasive treatment is required.
Please don’t let this happen to you. Even if you believe you’re okay, see a doctor as soon as possible. It could very well mean the difference between life and death.
Failing to obtain timely medical help could also hurt your case. The insurance company could claim that you’re not nearly as badly injured as you’re letting on. Since you didn’t bother to see a doctor, they would raise a valid point, one that could lead to a significant reduction in your compensation.
How do Internal Injuries Affect Quality of Life?
When someone suffers a severe internal injury, that can change everything about their life. Victims may not be able to work after an accident. They also may not be able to pursue the activities they love. They can’t ride their bike any longer, play their favorite sport, or even get out on their boat.
Victims could suffer severe financial hardships as well. If they can’t do the job they previously held, they might have to accept another position at a reduced salary.
How Much Do Internal Injuries Cost?
The cost of an injury will depend on how much medical treatment the victim will need. The amount of treatment required, of course, will depend on the severity of the injury. In general, however, a serious injury can cost tens of thousands of dollars over the victim’s lifetime – if not hundreds of thousands.
Types of Damages Victims Can Recover
Medical bills and lost wages are two of the most common examples of damages, the financial losses that the victim suffered due to being hurt. But you may also be able to pursue damages for emotional and mental trauma as well, since a severe injury can lead to serious issues, such as depression, anxiety, and others.
Contact Sand Law LLC to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
To recover your accident-related damages, you’ll need the help of a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney. Sand Law LLC has a long track record of helping our severely injured clients obtain every bit of compensation they have coming. See what we may be able to do for you by contacting us online or calling 651-291-7263 for a free consultation.