Why it is unwise to ignore crash-related abdominal injuries
Although the human body can withstand many forms of trauma, it remains incredibly vulnerable to injury, especially in the trunk or central region. The abdomen, for example, sits in an area largely unshielded by the ribcage.
When considering catastrophic accident injuries, most envision brain or spinal cord damage, but abdominal trauma can also be catastrophic. Even when these injuries heal well, there remains a risk of developing complications, sometimes months or years after the initial injury.
What is the cause of abdomen injuries?
The abdominal region is vulnerable to penetrating and blunt force trauma—and both are possible in a car accident. Blunt force trauma involves contact with an object, like a steering wheel, when a collision leads to an abrupt stop. Penetrating trauma may occur if a shard of glass or a slice of metal penetrates the abdominal tissue.
In children and adults, the top causes of severe abdominal injuries are motor vehicle and bicycle accidents.
What are some complications?
While injuries of the abdomen heal properly with early medical intervention, delayed complications still occur. Potentially catastrophic problems like those below may arise from the injury or diagnostic procedures like a laparotomy. Complications include:
- Bile leakage
- Ruptured hematoma
- Intra-abdominal abscess
- Obstruction of the bowels
Abdominal compartment syndrome (abdomen swelling and pressure) can also occur. Because the high pressure and distension could disrupt the flow of blood and oxygen to muscles and organs, abdominal compartment syndrome is a life-threatening medical emergency.
Unfortunately, it is tough to estimate the total economic costs of catastrophic injuries. When filing your accident insurance claim or injury lawsuit, account for all possible damages you suffered and those you are likely to suffer.
With experienced representation and knowledge of California injury and accident laws, your odds of maximizing your compensation will likely improve.