Some car accident injuries, such as lacerations and broken bones, are noticed immediately. However, internal bleeding is often not recognized instantly. If you are a car accident victim, it is important to be aware of the potential for internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can occur when there is damage to the organs inside the body. This can be a serious injury, and if left untreated, can lead to death.
If you or a loved one have sustained internal injuries or bleeding in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today for what steps to take next and whether or not you have the right to file a personal injury claim.
What Should I Do If I Suffer an Internal Injury?
If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to seek medical treatment right away to discover whether you suffered internal injuries. Any internal injuries should be addressed promptly to avoid sustaining permanent injuries or death.
Causes of Internal Injuries in Auto Accidents
Several things can cause internal injuries in car crashes. Some of the most common causes include:
Bleeding From Cuts Or Lacerations
If you are involved in an auto accident with another vehicle, there is always a chance that flying glass or metal will hit you. This can cause cuts and lacerations that may bleed internally.
Damage To The Spleen Or Liver
If you are involved in a car accident and suffer a blow to the abdomen, it can damage your spleen or liver. These organs are located in the upper part of your abdomen.
Broken Bones Puncturing Organs
Broken bones are common injuries caused by car accidents. If you are in an accident and suffer a broken bone, it is possible that the bone will pierce an organ. This can cause internal bleeding and serious health complications.
Internal Bleeding From A Traumatic Brain Injury
This can occur if the skull is fractured due to a significant force exerted on the brain and the bone fragments penetrate the brain tissue. As a result of such force, your brain can strike the inside of your skull, causing a brain injury. However, you do not need a skull fracture to suffer a brain bleed. This can also occur as a result of the force of the impact causing your brain to strike the inside of your skull.
Symptoms Of Internal Bleeding
The symptoms of internal bleeding will vary depending on the location and severity of the injury. However, some common symptoms include the following:
Pain In The Abdomen
When you have internal bleeding in your abdomen, it can cause severe pain. This is because your internal organs may be being squeezed due to blood loss.
Changes In Blood Pressure
As your body tries to compensate for blood loss, it will adjust its blood pressure accordingly. This can lead to feelings of lightheadedness or even fainting.
When your body is trying to send more blood to the vital organs, it will cause your heart rate to increase. This can be a sign that something is wrong and that you may be experiencing internal bleeding.
Pain from Internal Bleeding
If a broken bone causes internal bleeding, you may experience pain in the are where the broken bone is. If you fractured a rib you may feel pain in the chest as a result of blood accumulation. This is because the broken bones are putting pressure on the organs near it.
When blood loss is rapid or severe, it can cause changes in your vision. This may include blurred vision, double vision, or even loss of consciousness.
Shortness of Breath
The lack of oxygen causes trouble breathing. When blood loss occurs, fewer red blood cells carry oxygen to tissues. This may signify that you are losing too much oxygen and need to seek medical attention right away.
Common Injuries Caused By Internal Bleeding
The term internal bleeding means that you have blood leaking from a vein, artery, or organ. While most people think of car accident internal injuries in terms of broken bones and cuts, it is important to know that other types of injuries can occur as well.
Common internal injuries after a car crash include the following:
If you suffer from a blow to the abdomen, there is an increased chance that your liver could be affected. This type of injury can cause internal bleeding within the body and may require surgery to heal.
Another common form of internal bleeding involves intestinal damage resulting from internal bleeding. This can be a serious injury and could require surgery in order to repair the damaged intestines.
When your kidneys are damaged in a car accident, waste products and fluid can build up in your body. This can cause nausea, weakness, poor sleep, and shortness of breath.
Head trauma sustained in a car accident can lead to internal bleeding between the brain tissue and the skull or within the brain tissue. It can cause brain damage and be life-threatening.
How Is Internal Bleeding Treated?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of internal bleeding, it is important to seek medical attention right away. The treatment for internal bleeding will vary depending on the cause and location of the injury. However, some common treatments include:
- Blood Transfusions
- Medications to Control Bleeding
Can a Minor Crash Cause Internal Bleeding?
While a minor car crash may not seem like it could cause internal bleeding, that is not always the case. Any type of impact to the body can result in this type of injury. This is why it is so important to seek medical attention if you are involved in a car accident, even if you don’t think that you are injured.
Can You File a Lawsuit for Internal Bleeding Caused by a Car Accident?
If you decide to file a lawsuit, your attorney will help you gather evidence to support your claim and negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company for fair compensation.
What Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Can Do For You
The Washington, D.C. car accident lawyers with Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. have a proven track record of success helping clients obtain the maximum compensation possible for injuries they have suffered due to the negligence of others. Our firm has consistently demonstrated we have the expertise needed to help our clients see that justice is served. We have the resources needed to conduct thorough investigations of all the circumstances contributing to a motor vehicle accident, gathering the evidence to establish liability and negligence.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has achieved more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements, and our attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience. Two of our partners are certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Our firm has also earned the highest AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most respected attorney-ranking service organizations in the United States. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. attorneys work passionately on behalf of our clients to help them secure fair compensation – there is no type of case that is too complex for us to litigate.
Compensation For Internal Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents
Car accident victims who sustain internal injuries can be fully compensated for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We Get You Results
Our attorneys have experience evaluating cases just like yours to determine what they may be worth and will work hard to get you fair compensation for your injuries. Here are a few of our case results:
- $6 million for a client who suffered a brain injury after being involved in a rear-end collision.
- $4.8 million for a severely injured client after another vehicle struck his motorcycle.
- $1.9 million for a client who suffered a permanent back injury due to a car accident.
- $1.5 million for a client who had to undergo multiple surgeries after a negligent motorist cut off his motorcycle.
- $1 million settlement obtained on behalf of our 19-year-old client who was a passenger in a car in which the driver lost control, causing a collision. As a result, our client suffered extensive brain damage with cognitive impairment. He was in a coma for an extended period of time. Although he has regained consciousness, he is unable to care for himself. The law firm asked the Court to appoint him a guardian to care for him. The law firm is helping to establish a special needs trust so that the proceeds from the settlement will be protected against any medical liens.
- $1 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a brain injury when the driver of the car in which he was a passenger lost control of his vehicle.
Contact an Accident Lawyer Today
If you are looking for the highest level representation available for your personal injury case, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.