Internal Injuries and Car Accidents
Posted on January 24, 2022
Common Internal Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Automobiles produce a lot of force and momentum when in motion. These forces are transferred to their occupants when the vehicle hits something. Our bodies are unable to withstand these forces and can be injured during car accidents. The injuries are even worse if the other vehicle involved in the accident is a commercial truck.
Internal injuries are the most dangerous type of injury following a crash. Unfortunately, in addition to being quite common, internal injuries are difficult to diagnose and can lead to all kinds of complications, including death, if not treated in time.
Below, we will explain some of the most common internal injuries and their symptoms.
Sudden blows to the head can cause brain injuries, such as bruising or potentially lethal bleeding. In many cases, they can result in permanent damage to brain function. If you have been in an accident and have symptoms such as headache, pain or trouble concentrating, see your doctor.
Brain injuries are also common during whiplash.
The force of a car accident can seriously affect your organs, causing internal injuries such as bruising, bleeding, or general failure. The liver and kidneys are especially vulnerable during an auto accident. One of the main symptoms of internal organ injury is abdominal pain, but there may be other indicators, such as low blood pressure or back pain. These types of injuries are difficult to diagnose, so be careful! And remember that, in Florida, you must seek medical care and treatment within 14 days of the crash, or you will lose any rights for compensation.
Approximately 10% of people who suffer a blow to the torso will suffer a rib fracture. During a car accident, bones are subjected to tremendous pressure and cannot always withstand the force of the impact. The ribs are usually the most affected (due to airbag trauma), although fractures to the skull and arms are also common.
Fractures are extremely dangerous, as displaced bones can injure other areas, such as organs or blood vessels.
If a rib fractured during the accident punctures a lung, air escapes and lodges in the thoracic cavity, causing severe pain and lack of oxygen. The accumulated air pressure in the chest prevents the lungs from expanding, so the organ collapses. Surgery is necessary to restore normal body function.
Internal Bleeding (internal hemorrhaging)
Blood vessels greatly suffer during a car accident. Excessive force can rupture the vessels, causing internal bleeding that is frequently difficult to diagnose. If the damage is excessive, the body is unable to clot the blood in time to repair the vessels, causing all kinds of failures in our body.
Depending on the severity of the bleeding, internal bleeding symptoms may take days to appear. The most common are weakness, dizziness, numbness, sudden headaches, abdominal pain, impaired vision, and loss of balance.
You can also read our Auto Accident FAQ to learn more.
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