Grand Junction Internal Injury Attorneys
After a car crash, damage to the internal organs can be very serious and require extensive medical treatment. As an innocent passenger or driver, you may have suffered an internal injury due to someone else’s bad choices. Despite this, auto insurance companies are determined to pay out as little as possible to the victims of a personal injury.
Peters & Nolan, LLC, understands the severity of internal injuries and will fight for the compensation you deserve. No one should have to suffer due to the negligence of others. Learn more and receive a free consultation by calling our office today at (970) 243-4357.
The two most common types of internal injuries are:
- Blunt: Internal injuries may be caused by what is known as blunt force trauma. This type of injury does not rip, cut, or break your skin in any way, but can still damage the internal organs. The force of a car crash, for instance, can push you into the steering wheel of your car, which can crack a rib, which then punctures a lung. Such trauma may not be evident at first since the outer skin does not seem to be damaged.
- Penetrating: Unlike blunt internal injuries, penetrating injuries are more obvious after an accident. During a car crash, for example, broken glass can cut into your skin. If this material cuts deep enough, it can lacerate your internal organs, which will require emergency medical treatment.
These types of injuries may result from several types of accidents:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip, trip, and falls
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Since internal injuries happen within the body, they are often difficult to notice in the immediate aftermath of an accident. Whether you can see visible damage or not, it is imperative that you seek out professional medical attention right away, as both types of internal injury can have lasting negative effects if left untreated.
The most commonly injured areas of the body include:
- Lungs: One of the most important organs within the human body, the lungs allow us to breathe and receive the necessary oxygen to live. While the lungs are well-protected by the ribcage, these bones can be damaged by strong blunt force trauma. Broken ribs can then puncture the lungs, slowing down and maybe eliminating the victim’s ability to breathe.
- Ribs: As noted above, the ribs serve as protection for the organs in the chest and abdomen. A broken rib is capable of rupturing important blood vessels, muscles, or an organ.
- Heart: Also protected by the surrounding ribcage, the heart ensures our survival by pumping blood throughout our bodies, which brings essential oxygen and nutrients to muscles and organs. Traumatic force can puncture the heart or tear the aorta, causing massive bleeding that can quickly become fatal.
- Blood vessels: Blood vessels can be ruptured during an accident, fall, or other type of incident. Damaged blood vessels may result in internal bleeding, which is hard to detect but still life-threatening. Damaged blood vessels should be treated immediately so as not to cause further damage.
- Kidneys: Your kidneys are found in the lower back and are not protected by bones. Because of this, they tend to take the full force of an impact. While a ruptured kidney does not have the same immediate and life-threatening danger of a punctured heart or lung, it can result in lasting complications if not properly treated by a medical professional.
- Liver: Because your liver is only somewhat protected by the ribcage, it can take damage during an impact. Unlike other types of organs, however, the liver is able to regrow itself over time. That said, it is still important to seek out medical treatment to heal a damaged liver.
Since it is harder to tell whether you have suffered an internal injury after an accident, it is vital that you get a medical examination to determine whether you need further treatment.
If the internal injury was caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible for compensation for your injury. Internal injuries may require surgery, take a long time to heal, and be quite costly. It is important to keep records of your medical treatment, which can be used as a reference in the event that you file a personal injury claim.
If you suffered damage to your internal organs due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Internal injuries are not only painful but can have lasting ramifications that affect your everyday life. Learn more about your legal rights by speaking with a Grand Junction personal injury attorney today.
Our legal team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, has the experience to successfully handle your claim. Insurance companies are determined to pay out as little as possible in the event of a personal injury case. We will work to instead get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 for a free consultation.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.