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Internal Injuries From a Car Accident in Roanoke

After a serious car accident, some common injuries may be obvious, such as broken bones that prevent you from moving or severe lacerations that result in external bleeding. However, internal injuries can be just as ─ if not more ─ severe. Crash victims may know right away that something is seriously wrong, or they may begin to suspect a problem as the days go by and pain gets worse.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, you need to see a doctor immediately. Left untreated, internal injuries from car accidents can rapidly worsen and possibly prove fatal. You may need emergency surgery, hospitalization, or other expensive treatment to help stabilize you and repair the damage. For many, not knowing what to expect from an internal injury makes the situation more frightening.

At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, our Virginia car accident lawyers have almost 100 years of combined experience working with crash victims who are coping with serious internal injuries. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial stress you are under, and we are committed to holding at-fault drivers and their insurance companies accountable. Our law firm is widely known for taking a tactical approach to negotiations and crafting thoughtful litigation strategies to meet our clients’ needs.  

Schedule a free consultation with our legal team today, and let us review the details of your accident. We can answer any questions you may have and explain your options for pursuing the full and fair compensation you deserve.

What Kind of Internal Injuries Can You Get from a Car Accident?

Because the type of impact of a crash can vary greatly in car accidents, so too can the types of internal injuries a victim may suffer. For example, a side-impact collision can lead to different types of injuries than a head-on or rear-end crash.

Some of the common types of internal injuries you can get from car accidents include:

  • Internal bleeding: Damage to blood vessels and organs can cause life-threatening internal bleeding anywhere in the body. Depending on the impact of the crash, internal bleeding may be found in the head (known as intracranial hemorrhage), around the lungs (known as hemothorax), or around the heart (cardiac tamponade and hemopericardium).
  • Rib fractures: Broken ribs can be painful and extremely dangerous because they can easily puncture the lungs or other internal organs, causing even more damage.  
  • Collapsed lung: Known as pneumothorax, a collapsed lung from a car crash typically is caused when a rib punctures the lung, releasing air into the chest cavity and creating pressure on the outside of the lung.   
  • Ruptured spleen: The spleen is one of the most common organs to suffer injury in car accidents. A punctured spleen can lead to serious internal bleeding in the abdominal cavity and require surgery to remove the organ (known as a splenectomy).
  • Kidney injuries: Car accident victims may suffer bruises, cuts, or tears to the kidneys, resulting in loss of kidney function, internal bleeding, shock, and sometimes death.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: Abdominal trauma in a crash can lead to a rupture in the aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood to the body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a serious and often fatal injury.  
  • Head trauma: Blows to the head can cause bleeding or bruising in the brain, as well as other traumatic brain injuries that can have lasting and life-altering effects.
  • If you suspect that you have suffered an injury of any kind from a car accident, you should see a doctor right away. Internal injuries need to be examined as soon as possible to determine the best course of treatment.

You should also talk to an auto attorney with experience in Virginia auto law, about your options for filing a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your medical expenses and other losses related to the crash. Schedule a free consultation with our team today.

How Do You Know If You Have Internal Bleeding?

The signs of internal bleeding can be immediately obvious, or they may develop and worsen over time. Depending on what part of your body was injured in a car accident, you may experience signs of internal bleeding such as:

  • Pain or swelling in the injured areaMan suffering head ache with a hand on forehead and holding a glass with a painkiller sitting on a couch at home.
  • Light-headedness, dizziness, or fainting (from blood loss)
  • A patch of dark purple on the skin
  • Headache, seizures, or loss of consciousness (signs of a head injury)
  • Shortness of breath
  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Blood in the urine, stool, or vomit

Do not hesitate to see a doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of internal bleeding. The doctor may perform a CT scan or ultrasound to pinpoint your injury. Depending on the circumstances of your injury, the doctor may recommend surgery, blood transfusions, an IV of fluids, or careful monitoring to watch for changes in your symptoms.

How Long Do You Have to Go to the Hospital After an Accident?

Whether you feel you need emergency treatment or not after a car accident, you should always see a doctor as soon as possible to assess your health and ensure you are receiving proper treatment. Although you may look fine on the outside, internal injuries can pose a serious risk to your health if left untreated.

In addition to tending to your health needs, a visit to the doctor will help you document your injuries in case you need to file a personal injury claim after your car accident. If you do not seek treatment right away, the insurance company may argue that you did not consider your injuries severe and do not deserve compensation for them.

Let Our Roanoke Car Accident Injury Lawyers Fight for You

Internal injuries from a car accident can be catastrophic and sometimes fatal. Our skilled Roanoke car accident attorneys have extensive experience successfully handling complex personal injury cases and wrongful death claims stemming from serious internal injuries. The Lichtenstein Law Group is dedicated to demanding justice for our clients and full compensation for the damages they have suffered.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our respected legal team. Our lawyers can travel anywhere in Virginia to meet with you and assess your case. We frequently represent clients in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk, and surrounding communities, and we are here to help you now.