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Catastrophic Injuries With Internal Organ Damage

Not all severe or life-threatening injuries are visible on the surface. When internal organs are damaged, there may be no visible harm to the outside of the body. Under the skin, however, serious injury may occur.

Internal organ damage can occur in a wide range of situations, from car accidents to workplace injuries to errors resulting from medical malpractice. If you or someone you love has experienced internal organ damage due to another’s negligence, don’t wait. Contact an experienced Indiana internal injury attorney today.

Call (317) 236-9000 or contact us online today.

How Internal Organ Damage Occurs

Organ damage may occur in any situation in which the body is injured by physical trauma. Physical trauma comes in many forms. Types of physical trauma can be sorted into two broad categories: Blunt trauma and penetrating trauma.

Blunt Trauma

Blunt trauma involves any force that hits the body but doesn’t break the skin or penetrate a body part. Even though no penetration occurs, however, blunt trauma can damage blood vessels and injure organs. Organs can be bruised or even break open. They may also be torn away from related organs or tissues.

Examples of incidents that may involve blunt trauma causing organ damages include:

Other examples of blunt trauma also exist. In many of these situations, injury can result - and these injuries can be severe.

Penetrating Trauma

Penetrating trauma occurs when an object impales an internal organ. The object may come from outside the body, or it may be one of the body’s own structures, such as a broken bone. As the object penetrates the organ, it tears apart the organ’s tissues, preventing the organ from doing its job. It also causes internal bleeding and can cause other damage as well.

Examples of situations that may result in penetrating trauma include:

Like blunt trauma, penetrating trauma can be caused in a number of ways. Serious harm can result.

Effects of Catastrophic Internal Organ Damage

Internal organs are often classified as “solid” organs, such as the liver and kidneys, and “hollow” organs, like the stomach and intestines.

Hollow organs often contain other substances - the stomach, for example, holds the food we eat and the acids necessary to digest it. Hollow organs are often structured specifically to keep potentially harmful substances from traveling around the body. The intestines, for instance, keep waste matter from entering other body cavities, where it can easily cause infections. The walls of the intestines can withstand the infectious nature of bodily waste in a way that other body tissues cannot.

As a result, when hollow organs are damaged, their contents may leak into other areas of the body. Once there, those contents may do severe damage. Leaking stomach acids can erode other tissues, for instance. Leaking fecal matter from the intestines or colon can cause life-threatening infections.

Solid organs don’t contain other substances. Instead, they’re composed of organ tissue all the way through. These organs use their tissues to do their jobs. Kidneys, for instance, use their tissues to filter waste products from the blood.

The function of solid organs often requires them to receive an ample blood supply. When a solid organ is injured, it may not be able to contain its blood supply. Internal bleeding can result.

What to Do If You’ve Been Injured

Internal organ damage can cause a wide range of life-altering symptoms, depending on the type and severity of the damage. Some of these conditions can be permanent. Some are even deadly.

If you’re living with internal organ damage from an accident or someone else’s negligence, you may struggle to handle daily life tasks. You may worry about what will happen to you or your family if you are unable to work or take care of those you love.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. The experienced internal organ damage attorneys at the Tabor Law Firm can help. We focus on representing each of our clients with skill and compassion. To learn more about your options and our services, contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Call us at (317) 236-9000 or submit an online contact form to schedule your free initial case evaluation.

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