As New Haven auto accident attorneys, we’ve seen auto accidents of every degree. Whether you are a driver or a passenger in a vehicle, there are many injuries you can see: broken bones, bumps, bruises, lacerations, and more. There are also injuries you can’t see. Internal injuries can leave organs damaged, and can even be life-threatening, if not treated immediately. Here are some of the most common internal injuries associated with a car accident.
- Broken ribs. This is a common injury that can manifest into more serious conditions, such as damaged lungs, kidneys, or major blood vessels.
- Pneumothorax. Often cause by a puncture, this is a collapsed lung when air leaks out between the lung and chest wall. This often requires immediate medical care and puts the victim at risk for another in a short period of time.
- Lacerated liver. The liver plays a vital role in producing proteins necessary for blood clotting, makes chemicals needed for digestion, metabolizes toxins, and is a vital organ to the body’s functioning. If it is torn in an accident, surgery may be required to repair it to avoid serious complications and even death.
- Abdominal aorta aneurysm. If the stomach is compressed during an accident it can cause the body’s major blood vessel to rupture.
- Ruptured spleen. This is a common injury due to its proximity to the abdomen, and any compression of the area can lead to internal bleeding. If the damage is severe enough, the spleen may need to be removed.
- Renal trauma. Damage to a kidney may cause internal bleeding and could result in long-term dialysis or other treatments.
If you or your loved one was in an a crash, contact the New Haven auto accident attorneys at The LoRicco Law Firm. Our team is experienced at handling cases like this and will work to protect your long term interests. Call our office for your free consultation.