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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 even lead to death.
The internal injuries lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have decades of combined experience dealing with internal injuries from severe medical issues and trauma that can have long-term physical, psychological, and financial impact on a person. If you or someone you know has experienced internal injuries on the job, in a motor vehicle accident, or from any other issue, you need thoughtful and experience-based advice from internal injury attorneys as you navigate the complexities of the medical, litigation, and insurance processes in Ohio. Call us today at (216) 658-1330 or use our online contact form.
What Constitutes an Internal Injury?
There are two main catalysts for common internal injuries: blunt force trauma and penetrating trauma. Blunt force trauma is when the body sustains impact with another mass, usually at a high speed. This impact can affect or tear internal blood vessels, causing bleeding. Bleeding may not happen right away upon impact. Car accident injuries are one of the primary causes of internal bleeding, and falls in sporting accidents may also cause blunt force trauma, resulting in internal injuries.
The second primary cause of internal injuries is penetrating trauma, wherein an external object actually pierces the skin and physically tears the blood vessels. Gunshots and stab wounds are examples of penetrating trauma that can cause internal injuries.
Even if a person has not sustained any blunt force or penetrating trauma, internal bleeding can occur from natural causes. These causes include a ruptured appendix, hemophilia, and aneurysm – a natural weakening of an artery wall that enables easier blood vessel disruption. Chronic high blood pressure and endometriosis can also heighten the risk for internal bleeding. If internal bleeding goes undiagnosed and untreated, it can have a life-threatening impact; it’s vital a person seeks medical attention immediately.
Common Types of Internal Injuries Related to Trauma
Internal bleeding is the rupture of blood vessels around major body organs. Common types of internal injuries that manifest in internal bleeding are:
- Central blood vessels like the aorta and various branches of the superior and inferior vena cava
Surgery may be required to fix ruptured blood vessels and tamp internal bleeding before it permanently affects major organs.
Internal bleeding may be unrelated to trauma, however. Other non-trauma related causes for internal injuries include alcohol abuse, pregnancy, and anti-inflammatory medications generally prescribed to people with gastrointestinal problems, stroke, depression, or blood clots. 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:
- Neck stiffness
- Confusion or memory loss
- Vision loss
- Shortness of breath
- Low blood pressure
- Lightheadedness (and fainting)
- Rectal/urinal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Purple-ish or discoloration skin
These symptoms may be signs that a person has sustained internal injuries, and a medical professional should be consulted immediately.
Treatment for Internal Injuries
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, and 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, 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 and loss as you seek the best treatment and healing for internal injuries-related issues.
Our Cleveland Internal Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Internal injuries are not the only issues for which our experienced legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation. Ohio internal injury attorneys at KNR have decades of combined experience working for victims and advocating cases regarding accidental death, motor vehicle accidents, rideshare incidents, and more. Located in 11 locations throughout Ohio including Cleveland, we cover extensive legal ground.
If you have any questions regarding internal injuries and internal bleeding resulting from either trauma, accidents, or medical malpractice, call our personal injury attorneys in Cleveland at (216) 658-1330 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Ohio internal injuries attorney.