Car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, but internal injuries can be the most dangerous type. If you or someone you know was recently injured in a car accident, the following causes and symptoms of internal injury are very important to be aware of.

How Can Internal Injuries After a Car Accident Occur?

According to medical professionals at urgent care clinics nationwide, internal injuries can occur as a result of blunt trauma and penetrating trauma.

Blunt trauma is sustained when a part of the body collides with another object at a high speed.  Penetrating trauma is sustained when an area of the body is penetrated by a foreign object. Each trauma type can be responsible for damage to organs and blood vessels.

Common Internal Injuries from Car Accidents

Car accidents can cause several types of internal injury. Injury to the brain is common when the head sustains trauma due to concussion or another type of blunt trauma. Chemical changes, as well as bleeding in the brain and traumatic brain injury, can be the results of car accidents.

Neck injuries can also be internal when vertebrae become dislocated or broken. Any broken bones in the neck can penetrate major blood vessels and organs like the lungs, resulting in internal bleeding. As well, soft tissue damage can also be the result when broken bones apply continual pressure. The same is true of injuries to the back and spinal cord.

Blunt trauma from seat belts and airbags can cause breaks in the ribs and collarbone. Broken ribs can result in penetration trauma if left untreated, and an improperly healed collarbone can cause intense pain.

Injuries to organs, including the liver, spleen, lungs, and heart can cause internal bleeding to occur and may require surgery to correct. Trauma to the arteries can occur when the legs sustain serious injuries during a collision.

Do You Have These Most Common Car Accident Injury Symptoms?

The general recommendation by medical professionals is to see a doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of the following symptoms after a car accident:

  • Abdominal pain and/or swelling
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Deep purple discoloration of soft tissue or skin following impact
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Leg pain, tightness, or swelling

Not receiving treatment for the above symptoms can result in worsening symptoms or death.

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Making a Car Accident Injury Claim

Receiving treatment for internal injuries caused by a car accident is absolutely vital. After you’ve done this, it’s important to contact an experienced Houston car accident lawyer to ensure you get the highest possible compensation for your medical bills and time lost at work.

If you were injured internally as the result of a car accident, Schechter, Shaffer & Harris are the attorneys you need. With over 100 years of combined trial experience, we will ensure your rights to compensation are defended. Call 713-364-0723 today for a free consultation.