Internal Injuries in Austin
Help for Victims of Internal Injuries
Internal injuries are among the most serious and potentially life-threatening injuries that a victim of a Texas car accident can suffer. The force of a collision is often enough to cause internal injuries to the occupants of a vehicle involved in a crash. Unfortunately, many victims may not initially realize that they have suffered internal injuries.
An internal injury can result from the body slamming against something inside the vehicle or from compression caused by the impact. In addition, an internal injury can be the result of ejection from a vehicle involved in a crash.
Trauma can be categorized as blunt force or penetrating. An example of penetrating trauma would be if a sharp piece of metal or glass actually pierced the body, causing an injury to an internal organ. More often it is blunt force trauma that causes an internal injury in a car accident. Slamming into the dash or steering wheel, hitting the pavement after being ejected from the vehicle, or impacting the air bag are examples of how blunt force trauma can cause an internal injury.
Given the various potential causes of an internal injury, it is critical that victims of car accidents have a thorough medical examination to rule out internal injuries.
One trait that many internal injuries share is internal bleeding. Internal bleeding is caused by the trauma sustained by a victim in a car accident. Sometimes, the trauma suffered by a victim is apparent, such as when a severe bruise indicates the possibility of an internal injury. Often, there is no outward indication that a car accident victim is bleeding internally.
Even a relatively minor internal injury that has accompanying bleeding can become very dangerous if left untreated. Internal bleeding from any source is cause for concern. However, it can be particularly dangerous if the source is any of the following:
- Bleeding around the lungs (hemothorax)
- Bleeding around the heart (hemopericardium and cardiac tamponade)
- Head trauma with internal bleeding (intracranial hemorrhage)
- Tears in the large blood vessels near the center of the body (aorta, superior and inferior vena cava, and their major branches).
Symptoms of Internal Injuries
There are some symptoms that may point to an internal injury. Among those symptoms are:
- Swelling in the legs or arms – often the result of internal bleeding caused by a fracture.
- Bruising – although normal after a motor vehicle collision, a large area of deeply purple skin can be the result of bleeding into the skin and soft tissues.
- Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting – internal bleeding may eventually cause victims to lose enough blood that they begin to feel weak, dizzy and lightheaded.
- Abdominal pain or swelling – if the liver or spleen is injured, pain or swelling in the abdomen will likely occur and will worsen as the bleeding continues and the injury increases in severity.
- Change in blood pressure – a significant decrease or increase in blood pressure often signifies a problem with the way the blood is circulating, which may be the result of an internal injury.
- Bloody vomit – blood in vomit, saliva or any other bodily fluid may be a sign of internal injuries.
Suffered Internal Injuries? Get Help from an Austin Car Accident Lawyer Today
An internal injury can have a life-changing effect on the victim of a Texas car crash. If someone else was to blame for causing the accident that injured you, you could be entitled to compensation for all of your losses by bringing a car accident claim.
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases. Depending on the parties involved in your accident, the deadline for taking action may arrive even sooner. That’s why it’s important to contact a skilled and experienced Texas car accident attorney immediately after you’ve been involved in a wreck.
Call The Bob Richardson Law Firm today toll free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form. We are ready to review your potential claim and discuss your legal options at no charge to you.