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Internal injuries are damage to internal body organs resulting from significant external physical injury, including blunt force trauma and penetrating trauma. Internal bleeding (hemorrhage) is one of the most severe manifestations of internal injuries, and it can cause severe and long-lasting damage or death. Internal bleeding is complicated and sometimes difficult to diagnose right away. If it is overlooked or misdiagnosed, an internal injury can have serious ramifications and can even lead to death.
The internal injuries lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick deal in numerous Ohio personal injury cases including internal injuries. Whether you’ve experienced internal injuries from severe medical complications or external trauma, these injuries can have a long-term physical, psychological, and financial impact. If you or someone you know has experienced internal injuries on the job, in a motor vehicle accident, from medical negligence, or from any other issue, the Akron internal injury attorneys may be able to help answer your questions. Call us today at (330) 869-9007 or use our online contact form to reach out.
Primary Causes of Internal Injuries
Any significant physical injury can cause internal injuries, and this trauma typically falls into two categories: blunt and penetrating. Blunt trauma occurs when a body part collides with an external object or another person, usually at a high rate of speed. Penetrating trauma occurs when an object pierces the skin and muscle, directly opening the body or coming into direct contact with blood vessels or organs.
Common causes of internal injuries include:
- Sports and contact injuries
- Slip and falls
- Truck accidents
- Car Accidents
- Other vehicle accidents
Common Bodily Areas Affected By Internal Injuries
Internal bleeding is the rupture of blood vessels around major body organs. When external trauma jolts or tears internal organs, internal bleeding may occur and cause a range of mild to severe problems. Some of the most common internal organ injuries include:
- Head – Trauma to the head can cause intracranial hemorrhage and lead to brain damage.
- Lungs – Bleeding near the lungs (hemothorax) can be a serious injury.
- Blood Vessels – This can include tears in the large blood vessels in the center of the body/near the heart (aorta, superior and inferior vena cava).
- Abdomen – This includes tears in the liver or spleen due to penetrating trauma or internal injuries due to blunt force trauma.
- Kidney – This is often indicated by lower back/flank pain and blood in the urine.
- Spleen – This is indicated by pain in the upper left abdomen. Spleen tears cause a rift in the body’s blood supply and can create immediate and life-threatening internal bleeding.
- Liver – This is indicated by pain in the upper right abdomen.
- Other abdominal injuries can lead to injury in the pancreas, diaphragm, stomach, gallbladder, bladder, or intestines.
If a person has been in a major accident or sustained any kind of trauma, internal injuries may have occurred and it is important to seek medical help immediately. Surgery may be required to fix ruptured blood vessels and tamp internal bleeding before it permanently affects major organs.
Non-Trauma Causes of Internal Injuries
Internal bleeding may actually be unrelated to trauma. Non-trauma related causes for internal injuries include:
- Alcohol abuse
- Childbirth delivery
- Anti-inflammatory medications
When internal bleeding goes undiagnosed and untreated, there may be a case for medical negligence. The internal injuries lawyers at KNR can help assess and pursue cases of medical negligence related to misdiagnoses of internal injuries.
Common Symptoms of Internal Injuries
While a person with internal injuries might go into shock after a traumatic event or accident, sometimes internal injuries and internal bleeding go undetected for much longer. Signs and symptoms to watch out for include:
- Abdominal pain
- Purple-ish skin or discoloration
- Neck stiffness
- Shortness of breath
- Vision loss
- Confusion or memory loss
- Low blood pressure
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Rectal or urinal bleeding
Treatment Options for Internal Bleeding
In addition to depleting the body of blood and nutrients, internal injuries can put pressure on bodily organs. Imaging tests such as an ultrasound or CT scan can identify internal bleeding, and medical professionals can assess these to determine what kind of treatment is appropriate. Often, surgery is not immediately required to stop internal bleeding, particularly if it is slow or delayed post-trauma. Sometimes it can even stop on its own.
However, long-term bleeding may require more proactive efforts to stop it, including surgery. If internal injuries aren’t taken care of immediately, they can have a lasting impact. Internal bleeding can lead to strokes and even long-term brain damage, requiring physical and occupational therapy. Beyond the emotional and physical cost these can incur, internal injuries treatments can place an excessive financial burden on patients suffering from trauma and internal bleeding. KNR internal injuries lawyers in Ohio can help you or a loved one seek remuneration for damages as you seek the best treatment and healing for internal injuries-related issues.
Our Akron Internal Injuries Lawyers Can Help You
Internal injuries are not the only issues for which our legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation. Our Akron injury lawyers at KNR have decades of combined experience working with accidental death cases, motor vehicle accidents, rideshare incidents, and other cases. Located in 11 locations throughout Ohio including Akron, KNR internal injuries lawyers may be able to provide legal advice and advocacy for your internal injuries cases. If you have any questions regarding your case, call our injury attorneys at (330) 869-9007 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.