Abdominal trauma caused by blunt force is common in the emergency rooms. The primary cause of blunt abdominal trauma in the United States is auto accidents. Other reasons include falls from heights, motorcycle accidents, bicycle injuries and industrial accidents and injuries.
As evident, steering wheels, seatbelts and airbags can cause severe bodily damage. When a driver is seated in a car, the pelvis and abdomen are directly at the level of the car’s bumper. This means that in the event of a car crash, the victim will absorb the force of the bumper itself against their pelvic and abdominal regions. Further, the car’s seatbelt is placed right over these susceptible areas, so the force of the impact can transfer directly to the pelvis and abdomen, causing bone fractures and internal injuries. Airbags and steering wheels can also pose great dangers when the body strikes with these objects during a car crash.
ABDOMINAL INJURIES AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
The pressure from the accident may affect your abdominal region and surrounding organs. Even though you may not feel pain right after an auto accident, you may have abdominal pain later. Organ damage, like internal bleeding, can go undetected and then present itself as growing pain over a period of time. Without proper treatment, an organ could even fail, which in turn, could lead to the failure of other organs and bodily functions. Some of the most common auto accident-related organ injuries include:
- Bowel obstruction resulting from blunt force trauma to the small intestine;
- Damage to the liver, including a ruptured or lacerated liver
- Tears in the abdominal muscles
- A ruptured spleen;
- Kidney trauma.
Do not ignore the symptoms you’re experiencing after an accident. By getting proper evaluation and treatment immediately after a car crash, you prevent further damage and injuries to your body and organs weeks or months after the car accident.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ABDOMINAL INJURY AFTER A CAR CRASH
The following are some of the symptoms that one may experience after a car accident:
- Bruising or cuts at or around abdomen region where the lap belt would rest
- Pain in stomach/pelvic region
- Swelling in abdominal region
- Nausea feeling
- Vomiting feeling
- Blood present in urine or stool
- Abdominal distension
- Constipation or Diarrhea
Seeing your doctor right away is crucial when feeling abdominal pain. If you do not have a personal doctor, go to the emergency room or an urgent care right away. The “wait and see” approach may result in more injuries in the future. Your personal doctor may perform diagnostic tests, such as CT scan, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other necessary examinations to assess the extent of the damages. Pelvic injuries, such as fractured and broken bones, will probably require X-rays. These tests will assist your doctors in understanding the extent of the pelvic or abdominal problem and injuries.
WHY CHOOSE ARATTA LAW FIRM?
At our firm, every injured client will be in direct contact with an attorney. Many large corporate law firms end up transferring you to a case manager – you never speak to an attorney directly and your case becomes part of the mill.
At our firm, we do things different. We pay close attention to every individual case, from the inception and throughout the process of the claim / lawsuit. Our diligence and attention to detail result in consistent higher settlements, which adds up to a higher compensation for you, the client.
ATTORNEY’S ABILITY TO NEGOTIATE
Even though you may have a solid personal injury claim, the skill and the attentiveness of your attorney can also considerably impact how much compensation you will receive for your injuries. If your injury claim is negotiated by a case manager, assigned to your file at a firm, and not an attorney, your claim may end up settling for a lesser amount. This is because adjusters know who they’re dealing with and how aggressive the firm is when settling injury cases. Insurance adjuster also know who they can bully into accepting lower settlements.
An attorney’s ability to negotiate a settlement is, in many ways, the most important skill an attorney possesses. Lawyers who are effective negotiators know the importance of timing, preparation and strategy. That being said, our firm recognizes the importance of precision, timing and subsequent results, which is the foundation of Aratta Law. At our firm, nothing happens by luck but by great preparation and good strategy.