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Internal injuries are some of the more frightening injuries that can occur. Because the injury isn’t visible and outward signs may take time to appear, further serious injury could result with little warning. Internal injuries may occur as a result of a car accident, truck accident, slip and fall, dog bite, or any other personal injury situation. Whatever the cause, you should contact a Columbus internal injury attorney who can help. Call Kisling, Nestico & Redick today at (614) 487-8669 or use our online contact form to find out if you can obtain compensation.
What is an Internal Injury?
Internal injuries occur within the body, sometimes with very little outward signs. In some cases, the victim can be unaware that they are suffering an internal injury, because their symptoms take time to present themselves or symptoms may seem mild at the time of injury.
Common internal injuries are:
- Brain Bleeds – Open or closed head wounds may cause the brain to bleed. These injuries can lead to permanent brain damage by putting the brain under excessive pressure.
- Spleen Damage – The spleen, an organ in the upper left part of the abdomen, can become damaged as a result of trauma and typically requires surgery in order to repair the damage or remove the spleen.
- Broken Ribs – Broken ribs can result from a blow to the chest. Broken ribs are especially dangerous because these broken bones can impact other parts of the body, damaging organs and blood vessels.
- Pneumothorax or Punctured Lung – This occurs when a rib punctures a lung and causes the lung to deflate and collapse, releasing air into the chest.
- Internal Organ Injury – This often happens from high impact car or truck crashes. When internal bleeding occurs the organs experience damage, sometimes lasting or fatal.
- Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm – when the stomach compresses during an accident, the victim may suffer a rupture of the abdominal aorta. This internal injury often results in death.
- Internal Bleeding – Internal bleeding can be difficult for the body to repair and uncontrolled internal bleeding is fatal. The most common signs that someone may be experiencing internal bleeding include abdominal pain, inflamed and bruised areas on the skin, bleeding from the nose or ears, lightheadedness, and pale complexion.
These signs can present themselves differently in varying people, as not any one injury is identical. Although car accidents are by far the most common cause of internal bleeding, internal bleeding can also occur as a result of other factors such as workplace accidents, falls, complications with surgical procedures, and in some cases medical errors.
Causes of Internal Injuries
Internal injuries are generally defined by either blunt trauma or penetrating trauma.
- Blunt trauma – This is the impact of a collision with another object, usually involving either great force or speed. These types of injuries tear or crush the blood vessels or organs inside the body. They are most often seen in motor vehicle collisions, but they can also be the result of workplace accidents or falls.
- Penetrating trauma – This is the impact of an object piercing the body. The action then causes injury below the surface of the skin. This often affects the muscle, blood vessels, and internal organs. Violent acts can result in a penetrating trauma but they also occur in motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, firearm incidents, or falls.
Victims suffering internal trauma in and around Columbus, Ohio are often sent to either the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which treats many victims with car accident injuries, or to the Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital. Both of these hospitals are nationally ranked and have exceptionally high rates for performing a plethora of procedures and surgeries, including treating abdominal aorta aneurysms.
Depending upon the amount of internal bleeding and the severity of other injuries, doctors will decide on the initial treatment. Imaging tests such as Ultrasounds and CT scans can identify whether internal bleeding is present. If the internal bleeding is slow or delayed, observation may be appropriate first. If the internal bleeding is ongoing or severe, then immediate surgery may result. Blood transfusions or intravenous fluids may occur to correct or prevent an unsafe drop in blood pressure.
Internal Injury Recovery
Recovery time from an internal injury can vary widely and depends on the nature of the injury, the victims age, and their general health. According to American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, every year over 150,000 people die from various forms of trauma injuries, but even more suffer severe injuries and survive. Many of these people face a long road of rehabilitation.
Internal injuries can require costly and extensive medical care, leaving you with large medical bills, on-going care costs and lost wages. Our skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for any internal injuries and effects you sustained from activity-related experiences, accidents, and other structural incompetencies. We have eleven locations throughout Ohio, covering extensive ground and including all regions and cities in the state. In addition to internal injury, our diverse team of attorneys have skills in numerous other legal areas including wrongful deaths, truck accidents, work injuries, and motorcycle accidents.
A Columbus Internal Injury Lawyer Can Help You
If you or your loved ones are suffering any kind of internal injury, it can be incredibly difficult and challenging emotionally. Not to mention the financial strain that may result after an incident. Our Columbus internal injury lawyers are experienced in dealing with these situations and will help you and your family seek compensation to support your recovery and navigate out of financial hardship.
If you have any questions regarding your case, call our Columbus personal injury lawyers at (614) 487-8669 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Ohio internal injury attorney.