Attorneys for People With Internal Injuries Sustained in Chicago Car Accidents
Internal injuries are much harder to detect during an initial evaluation of accident victims and can result in life threatening complications. The Chicago car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognize just how catastrophic these injuries can be as well as the great expense that can go into the medical measures required to save the lives of victims who have suffered from internal bleeding or damage to critical organs. If you have been injured in an auto accident, your first priority should be your physical recovery and not to worry about whether you can afford treatment. We have the knowledge and experience needed to help take care of everything else so that you can focus on what is important.
The Causes and Types of Internal Injury
Every traumatic injury results in some degree of internal damage and bleeding. Many injuries present obvious symptoms that signal the need for immediate care, but others are not as noticeable upon an initial assessment. These injuries include bleeding inside of the brain and other vital organs. Most internal injuries are caused by one of two forms of trauma.
- Blunt trauma injuries— these injuries are caused by sudden and forceful contact with a surface or object and result in the tearing of blood vessels inside of the body. Car accidents are a common cause of blunt trauma injuries and can cause contusions, crushing injuries, broken bones and other forms of trauma that result in bleeding and inflammation.
- Penetrating trauma injuries— if foreign objects such as metal fragments, glass or debris penetrate the body, they can cause both external and internal injuries. While the external bleeding and wound are easy to detect, the internal damage may require further investigation to identify.
There are many different forms of internal injuries which can vary from minor bruises and swelling to serious uncontrolled bleeding inside of organs that are key to our survival. Our Chicago auto injury lawyers have noticed that the most common internal injuries that result from auto collisions include the following.
- Bleeding within the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are silent killers in that they often show no symptoms upon initial evaluation. Victims normally report feeling fine until symptoms develop weeks or months later. Trauma to the brain results in micro tears that can bleed and allow fluid to collect inside of the brain. Extensive brain damage can result in the loss of memories, cognitive function, motor skills and the ability to speak or communicate.
- Injuries to the lungs. Blunt trauma can collapse one or both of the lungs and internal bleeding can fill the lungs with blood or fluid. A collapsed lung could also be the result of a broken rib that punctures the lung during the injury. This is a life threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention and surgery.
- Injuries to the abdomen. If a victim has suffered from blunt or penetrating trauma to the abdomen, it is important to determine whether any key organs in the area have sustained damage. The liver and spleen are often injured due to the inflammation or perforation of surrounding tissue or organs.
- Damage to the heart. The heart can be threatened when bleeding occurs around or within it. Tears to the aorta or superior and inferior vena cava are life threatening and can result in sudden heart failure if not diagnosed in time.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of internal bleeding or trauma. These symptoms include intense abdominal pain, weakness, lightheadedness, fainting, headaches, the development of purple patches of skin and visible swelling. Some internal injuries are asymptomatic until they become serious and victims may feel that nothing is wrong at first. It is for this reason that our Chicago auto injury lawyers recommend having a full range of tests done following any auto accident— even if you feel perfectly fine.
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Internal injuries can easily force doctors to need to take decisive action to save their patients. This includes ordering emergency surgery to repair damaged blood vessels and organs or to alleviate the buildup of fluids that are creating pressure on an important organ. The cost for emergency medical treatment can be exorbitant and you should not be required to absorb these expenses if you were injured due to the negligent actions of another driver. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is an award winning law firm that has helped thousands of clients just like you recover the compensation they are entitled to following their accidents.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our qualified Chicago car accident attorneys so that we can review your legal options and collect the information we need to get to work on your behalf. Our lawyers work solely on a contingency basis, which means we only accept attorneys’ fees once we have successfully negotiated a settlement on your behalf or won a court judgment in your favor. If for any reason we are unable to secure compensation on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.