Types of Internal Organ Injuries from a Traffic Accident

Anatomy of a Body Showing Internal OrgansA common type of injury and cause of death in car accidents is injury to the internal organs.

At times, the body may not show obvious signs of injury while the internal organs are bruised, bleeding or torn. Internal organ injuries may come from either a blunt force trauma or a penetrating wound. In car accidents, these are often injuries to the chest or abdominal area. Abdominal injuries are also common in accidents involving cars and bicycles when the bike’s handlebars are driven into the abdomen.

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Abdominal Trauma May Result in Injures to the

  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Intestines
  • Bladder
  • Stomach

Signs of Injury in the Abdominal Area

Signs of injury in the abdominal area include abdominal pain, tenderness, rigidity, bruising, nausea, vomiting, fever and blood in the urine. Pneumoperitoneum, which is air or gas in the abdominal cavity, may mean an organ has ruptured.

In the presence of any of these symptoms, a CT scan, x-ray, or ultrasound can often locate the injury. Abdominal injuries are often life threatening because they involve vital organs and because these organs often bleed profusely if they are torn. It is essential that internal abdominal injuries are found and treated promptly or death may result.

Chest Trauma May Result in Injuries to the

  • Heart
  • Aorta
  • Lungs

Sign of Injury to the Chest Area

Signs may include chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, faintness, and blue lips and nails.

Florida Personal Injury Attorney Helps with Claims

A person who has received internal organ injuries or other serious injuries in an accident that was caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior can often obtain financial compensation for the injuries and related losses. The best way to find out if this applies to your accident case is to consult an experienced Florida personal injury attorney.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.