Snellings Law PLLC Attorneys are
Internal Injury Lawyers
After a car accident or any other type of accident, one of our first actions is usually to check ourselves for injuries. Do we see any blood? Do we see any clearly broken bones? Can we move? What hurts? Once we do this initial review, we may be able to calm ourselves down assuming we don’t see or feel anything serious. Unfortunately, many of the serious and even fatal injuries we see are not visible to us because they are internal. There is no bleeding. There are no obvious fractures. We may only be aware of them due to pain we feel, but even then, we most likely can’t identify exactly what it is we are feeling.
Some of the most common internal injuries we see dealing with car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents are as follows:
Traumatic Brain Injury – Internal trauma to your head can occur in many forms. One form is caused when an artery in the brain is burst due to your brain impacting your skull, and it begins to bleed. This is called a brain hemorrhage, and they can be fatal if not treated quickly. See our traumatic brain injury page for more information on TBIs.
Organ Injury – Organs can be crushed or lacerated in a traumatic accident. A crush injury can destroy parts of an organ thereby preventing it from functioning properly. Lacerations can lead to internal bleeding, which if left uncontrolled, can destroy an organ as well.
Broken Ribs/Punctured Lung – While not necessarily dangerous on its own, a broken rib can cause secondary damage, such as puncturing a lung (pneumothorax). Basically, your rib fracture can tear the lung tissue which allows air into the space between your lung and chest wall. This pressure can push on the outside of your lung and make it collapse.
Abdominal Injury – In severe crashes where the lap belt compresses the abdominal area, we have seen aneurysms. These are usually fatal, and not very common. When the lap belt is worn across the hips, the pelvis usually absorbs the majority of the force. We see these more when an occupant submarines under their seatbelt (usually a back seat passenger), and the lap belt digs into their abdomen.
At Snellings Law PLLC, we have handled many cases involving internal injuries such as those listed above. Many times adjusters try to minimize the value of these claims because they can’t see the harm in photographs. We use our experience helping victims with internal injuries to communicate the severity of these injuries as well as their effect. If you have suffered internal injuries in a car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, pedestrian accident, or any other type of accident, call us now to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys free of charge.