Injuries resulting from a car accident can be serious, including the chance of damage to your internal organs. The tremendous force put on your body during an automobile accident may cause damage with long-lasting or even permanent consequences.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident and suffered injuries, experienced Washington personal injury attorney Quinn Posner at the Posner Law Office, P.C. can fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Internal Organ Damage
Internal organs can be severely damaged in a high-impact vehicle collision. Organs may be ruptured, crushed, bruised, or even totally destroyed by an accident. While most internal organ injuries will be apparent after the accident, in some cases symptoms may not appear until more time has passed.
Symptoms of internal organ damage are not typically visible but are no less dangerous. Injuries which commonly occur as a result of an accident include the following.
- Liver: the liver is the body's largest internal organ, and is located on the right side of the abdomen. It produces chemicals for digesting toxins, produces bile, and affects proper blood clotting. Damage to the liver can cause symptoms such as internal pain in the area, blood loss, a distended (bloated) abdomen, and a weak pulse. Severe injuries may require surgery and the effects can be long-lasting.
- Spleen: the spleen is located just under the left side of the rib cage near the stomach. Due to its location in the body, it is a very common internal injury in an automobile accident. A damaged spleen can cause severe internal bleeding and may need to be removed. People can live without a spleen, but removal often causes loss to the victim's immune system functionality.
- Kidneys: the kidneys are located on either side of the spine, just below the rib cage. Kidneys filter your blood, producing urine and other waste. Kidney injuries commonly occur with trauma to the back and sides of the body. Symptoms of kidney damage include blood in the urine, pain in the abdomen, and issues with blood pressure. Kidney transplants or dialysis may be required as a result.
- Lungs: a pneumothorax occurs when a lung is punctured and collapses, causing air to fill the chest cavity. Symptoms include sudden chest pain, difficulty breathing, and in rare cases, death.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Organ damage or loss will significantly affect your life, both in terms of your physical suffering and the impact on your finances. An experienced Washington attorney can file a personal injury lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
A personal injury lawsuit can win you compensation for:
- Medical bills,
- Lost wages,
- Loss of future income,
- Pain and suffering,
- Damage to your vehicle or other property,
- Loss of consortium with your spouse, and
- Punitive damages (in certain circumstances).
Quinn Posner is an experienced personal injury attorney who has won hundreds of thousands of dollars in numerous cases throughout the State of Washington. He can put those years of experience to work for you.
Consult a Washington Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered organ damage as the result of an automobile accident, you can protect your finances and your future through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit. Quinn Posner represents clients in Camas, Washougal, Vancouver, and the rest of Clark County. Contact Quinn Posner today to schedule a free consultation.