You may know that brain and spinal cord trauma are two of the most catastrophic injuries arising from motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, they are not the only injuries that may be severe enough to disrupt your entire way of life.
Abdominal trauma, which can be severe, is also a risk for those involved in a car or truck accident. If you suffered abdomen injuries in your vehicle accident, here are three things to remember when filing your claim.
Types of abdominal trauma
A vehicle accident can injure the abdomen through blunt force trauma if an object (steering wheel, etc.) impacts your stomach. Penetrating injuries, such as stabs or impalements may also be a risk. Both require a thorough medical examination to uncover all injuries.
Internal organ risks
The two organs most at risk of damage from abdominal trauma are the spleen and the liver. However, other internal regions may also suffer harm, including:
Typically, doctors rely on imaging tests like radiography and computed tomography to confirm suspected abdomen injuries. They may also perform a laparotomy (surgery) to get a better look inside the injured region.
Several potentially serious complications can disrupt your recovery from abdominal trauma, many presenting after the initial injury. Examples include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Abdominal abscesses
- Bile duct leakage
Abdominal compartment syndrome can also occur and should be considered a life-threatening medical emergency. Common signs of the syndrome are:
- Low urine output
- Problems breathing
- Low blood pressure
- Swollen, painful abdomen
Since abdomen injuries may require several expensive diagnostic and treatment methods, ensure you account for all your medical and economic needs when filing your claim. Learning about the compensation laws for Minnesota vehicle accidents is another way to safeguard your restitution rights.