Georgia High-Speed Car Crashes Result In Blunt Abdominal Injuries


July 08, 2018

Even if securely fastened by a seatbelt, auto accidents occurring at high speeds can cause severe internal injuries to the abdomen. Abdominal injuries provide significant challenges for emergency personnel who treat crash victims on the scene to the emergency room physicians who take over treatment at the hospital. Blunt abdominal injuries can be fatal if there is a significant amount of blood loss from damage to the internal organs. Doctors may need to perform emergency surgery to repair the damage and stop the bleeding. After surgery, recovery may be difficult and last for a very long time.  

The blunt abdominal injuries with Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, understand the complexities associated with abdominal injuries. These injuries could be long-lasting and even fatal if misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Financial compensation can help you get back on your feet while you recover from your blunt abdominal injury. Our attorneys fight hard on behalf of each injured client to maximize their right to compensation under the law.

Symptoms of a blunt abdominal injury 

Abdominal injuries can be very difficultto diagnose after ahigh-speedaccident. Often, doctors misdiagnose abdominal injuries due to the complexity of presentation and because the skin conceals abdominal injuries. The most common symptoms of an abdominal injury are:

  • Severe pain,
  • Tenderness,
  • Internal bleeding, and
  • Bradycardia (extremely slow heartbeat).

Emergency room physicians know to look for outward signs of a possible abdominal injury. Steering wheel marks and lap belt marks should indicate to doctors that they must investigate whether their patient has an abdominal injury. 

Confirming suspicions of an abdominal injury depend on the relative stability of the accident victim. Doctors must move rapidly if the patient is in shock or “crashing.” A quick ultrasound performed in the emergency room could give the doctor an indication that the patient has a severe abdominal injury and is in danger of going into shock due to loss of blood. Physicians can order an ultrasound with more views, CT-scan, or MRI of a patient who is stable because time is not as much of a factor as with an unstable accident victim. However, a stable patient could become unstable if the injury remains undiagnosed. Physical examinations might not reveal the presence of a blunt abdominal injury for several hours. The patient could be losing blood slowly the entire time. Therefore, time is of the essence. 

There are occasions when doctors cannot determine the source of internal damage despite evidence of bleeding. If all other methods of determining the sourceof the injury fail, then surgeons could be left with no alternative but to perform exploratory surgery. This is a last resort because exploratory surgery is dangerous and any time a person’s insides are exposed to air, the threat of infection and post-surgical complications rise dramatically, making for longer recovery.

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Sources: 

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1980980-treatment#d11
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bradycardia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355474

Category: Auto Accidents

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