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Sustaining Internal Injuries in a West Virginia Car Accident


Two paramedics loading a patient into an ambulance. Every year, our West Virginia car accident attorneys at Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner support injured parties during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Among the most serious car accident injuries that you can sustain are internal injuries, which can have a major impact on your life, long healing times, and can also lead to life-threatening results depending on the circumstances. If you have been injured, it is time to speak with a West Virginia personal injury attorney about your options.

The Serious Trauma Caused by a West Virginia Car Accident 

Even at low speeds, car accidents can become quite serious in the blink of an eye, changing the lives of those involved and causing some of the most serious injuries. The tremendous and widespread force that is brought on by a car accident, when cars are traveling at any speed, can cause the inside of the body to become severely harmed, especially when a body is not able to safely absorb the force. This can lead to serious internal bleeding and organ damage. There are two types of trauma brought on by car accidents that lead to internal injuries:

Blunt: Blunt trauma takes place when the body collides with something else at relatively high speeds. Blood vessels can easily be torn and organs damaged.

Penetrating: Penetrating trauma is different, in the way that it occurs when an object penetrates the body, such as an object coming through the windshield when you are involved in an accident.

Types of Internal Injuries Most Prevalent in West Virginia Car Accidents 

Some types of internal injuries are more common than others, and some are more serious than others, causing life-threatening results. Here are some of the most common that come to mind:

Rib Fractures: Broken ribs can be one of the most painful injuries that somebody endures, especially because there is not much that can be done to treat them; they must heal on their own. When a rib breaks, there is also a chance that it could puncture another organ, which could lead to a medical emergency.

Internal Bleeding: Blood could fail to circulate through the body the moment a blood vessel ruptures, which can cause death in the blink of an eye. If somebody suffers from internal bleeding, they could experience confusion and weakness, as well as loss of consciousness. 

Aorta Aneurysm: The abdominal aorta can break or rupture when it is struck with force, which almost always results in death. 

Pneumothorax: A lung could easily become punctured and collapse in the midst of an accident, which could lead to pneumothorax as the chest cavity is flooded with air.

Liver Damage: The liver can easily become torn and lead to fatal complications quite quickly. These injuries often result from not wearing a seatbelt when an accident occurs.

How Our West Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help After You’ve Been Injured 

If you have suffered from internal injuries after a car accident in West Virginia, you might be concerned about how you can move forward with help on your side throughout this complex legal process. Our attorneys at Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner have handled a wide variety of personal injury claimsand are looking forward to helping you achieve the compensation you deserve after a negligent party has caused you harm in the midst of an accident. Please contact us to find out how we can assist you at (304) 713-2014.