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3 catastrophic internal injuries that can be caused by truck accidents

On Behalf of | May 5, 2024 | Truck Accidents |

Truck accident victims are susceptible to a wide range of injuries due to the immense force and size disparity involved in such collisions. While most of these injuries are immediately apparent, victims may also suffer catastrophic internal injuries that may not be immediately evident.

These injuries can have serious repercussions and often require urgent medical care. The following are some catastrophic internal injuries that commonly occur after a truck accident.

Traumatic brain injuries

If you have been involved in a truck accident, it’s crucial to be aware of the possibility of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These injuries happen when the brain is impacted, causing damage to the brain tissue and affecting its normal function. Symptoms might range from mild such as headaches or temporary confusion, to severe, including extended unconsciousness or permanent cognitive impairment.

Organ damage

The blunt force from a truck accident can cause significant damage to internal organs. The liver, kidneys and spleen are especially vulnerable to blunt trauma, which can result in lacerations or ruptures. Organ damage may lead to internal bleeding and may not be immediately noticeable until symptoms such as pain, dizziness or pallor become apparent.

Broken ribs

Another common internal injury from truck accidents is broken ribs. The impact in a truck accident collision can cause the ribs to fracture, which in itself is painful and restrictive. However, the greater danger arises when the broken ribs puncture or damage nearby organs, such as the lungs or heart. This can lead to further complications such as pneumothorax (collapsed lung) or cardiac tamponade (compression of the heart), both of which require immediate medical intervention to prevent severe consequences.

If you suffer catastrophic injury from a truck accident due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to seek legal guidance promptly. Legal counsel can assist you better understand your options for pursuing compensation.