New Jersey Internal Organ Injury Attorneys
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It is difficult to predict the type of damage you will suffer after an accident, be it a car accident, a fall at a swimming pool, or an assault. You might assume you will break a bone, suffer a bruise or deep cut, and maybe have a concussion. But the most difficult to predict and often the most dangerous are injuries to our internal organs.
The complex systems that run our bodies can easily be disrupted following an accident and the fallout can have major repercussions on our lives. You might need costly surgeries, have to take daily medications, change your lifestyle, and even face death. You are likely dealing with debilitating conditions, high medical bills, and pain and suffering, all of which should not be your burden to bear if the accident was caused by another person’s carelessness.
If negligence led to an internal organ injury, then compensation may be available to you. Contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. by calling (609) 240-0040 to learn what your options are.
Because our organs are divided into individual compartments within our bodies and are shielded from damage by bones and muscles, they are largely protected from general falls or stumbles. However, if you suffer a large enough force or a deep enough cut, your organs can be severely damaged.
The causes of organ injuries are often separated into three categories:
Penetrating wounds: The easiest to identify but also the most dangerous are penetrating wounds, which occur when a material cuts into the organ. This can include everything from a piece of metal in a car accident to a knife in an armed robbery to a fractured rib. Unless treated immediately, a victim can bleed out or lose the organ.
Blunt force trauma: When enough pressure is applied to the abdomen or chest, our internal organs can become bruised or torn, resulting in internal bleeding. This can easily occur to bikers or pedestrians hit by large vehicles, or if you fall down a flight of stairs. It can be difficult to identify, and the effects may not be readily apparent after an accident due to the initial shock and adrenaline.
Decelerating force: In some cases, blunt force trauma may not directly damage the organs. Instead, your body may be thrown forwards or backwards, but your organs may move a different speed. As a result, your organs may collide with your muscles or bones. Blood vessels in and around the organs may rupture, resulting in internal bleeding.
While a car accident can damage an internal organ, any serious accident can lead to these types of injuries. Motorcyclists and bicyclists lack many of the protections that passenger vehicles offer and can suffer internal organ damage when they are side-swiped by a larger vehicle. The same goes for pedestrians, who are the least exposed, and even individuals who slip and fall on concrete. Poorly made products, such as car seats, can crush a child’s ribcage, damaging their lungs or spleen. Even dog bites, if left untreated, can cause infections that spread to the kidneys.
Often, internal injuries are not readily apparent, which is why we always advise victims to get a full checkup after an accident with a medical professional.
A full medical review and follow-up appointments are the best methods for ruling out internal organ damage. You will want to share all of your symptoms with your doctor, such as difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea, fevers, bruising along your abdomen, chest, and lower back; pain in your abdomen, irregular blood pressure, a high or low heartbeat, and blood in your urine. When left untreated, these issues can lead to serious infections, internal bleeding, and organ failure.
Make sure to follow your doctor’s prescribed treatments and, if you feel you are not being treated properly or with enough attention, do not be afraid to get a second opinion. Identifying organ damage can be difficult and sometimes a specialist is necessary to determine the root of the problem. Not only will this ensure you get the right treatment, but this will also be invaluable evidence in your personal injury case.
Damage to the kidneys, liver, lungs, spleen, and heart can have serious long-term effects on your life, from the cost of extensive medical treatment to changes in your lifestyle if you require a transplant. Following an accident, you may want to get back to normal and might consider the first settlement offer available. But insurance companies are in the business of lowballing claims and limiting coverage to victims, even if they suffer a serious injury.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our New Jersey personal injury lawyers will not leave a single cost out of your claim if another party caused your injury through negligence. We firmly believe that victims of carelessness or reckless behavior deserve full compensation for their injuries, especially if your internal organs are damaged. Reach out to us at (609) 240-0040 to get the legal aid you need after an accident.
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