Car Crash Internal Injuries
As miraculous as the design of the human body is, it is not meant to take the force of impact of a car accident. Even when moving at slow speeds, the momentum of the impact can have a devastating effect on the vehicle passengers. When you suffer internal injuries as the result of a wreck caused by recklessness or negligence of a driver, you may be able to seek compensation for any internal injuries you suffer.
Compensation for Internal Injuries
People involved in accidents can experience a rush of adrenaline that masks the signs and symptoms of serious injury for hours. You could sustain a serious injury, and not even realize you’re hurt, which is why it’s important to get checked by a physician even if you think you are fine. Depending on where you live this medical evaluation may be covered by your Personal Insurance Protection plan(PIP) or paid by the insurance company who provides the coverage for the at-fault driver.
Common Types of Internal Injuries
- Brain bleeding caused by an open or closed head wound can allow pressure to build on the brain and reduce the amount of oxygen that is delivered to the parts of the brain.
- Fractured ribs can hurt with every breath and can take a long time to heal. A broken rib can pierce the lung or slice blood vessels.
- Pneumothorax occurs when the chest suffers blunt force trauma or a penetrating injury that allows air from the lungs to leak into the chest cavity
- Internal bleeding caused by severed blood vessels and pierced or punctured organs can quickly become life-threatening and may cause serious organ damage.
- Abdominal aorta aneurysm occurs when the abdomen is crushed or compressed causing blood to collect and burst through the aorta. Unless caught and treated immediately, an aortic aneurysm can cause you to bleed to death quickly.
- Liver Damage may occur if the organ suffers piercing damage or blunt trauma causing bleeding or tissue death which may lead to fatal complications
- Kidney damage can happen if the lower back suffers a powerful impact or is crushed. The damage may be permanent, necessitating transplant or dialysis.
In most cases, the at-fault driver will be liable for accident related injuries and losses, though getting their insurance company to fairly and adequately compensate you is usually difficult. However, you should receive compensation for
- All past, current, and future medical costs related to your injuries including ongoing personal and medical care as well as any adaptive devices that you may need.
- Any earnings that were lost because of the accident including wages and vacation pay as well as any ongoing or future injury-related loss of income.
- The pain and suffering you endured or are enduring because of your injury, and its resulting emotional distress and or mental anguish caused by the crash, including for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
If internal injuries caused a loved one to die, you might be able to seek compensation for wrongful death including financial recovery of the costs of medical bills, funeral expenses, loss of income, and damages for your suffering and loss of companionship. Call us today to learn more about your rights to compensation.