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On this page, we’ll discuss the common symptoms, types, complications and treatment plans associated with pelvic and abdominal injuries.

Pelvic & Abdominal Injuries Resulting from An Accident

Pelvic and abdominal injuries are very common in car collisions and other types of personal injury claim accidents, and the consequences of these types of injuries are always very serious. Our abdominal cavities are right above our pelvic cavities and are the home for several vital organs, so it’s rather common for both bodily sections to be affected at once in the result of an accident. The NHTSA has conducted studies showing that about 5% of car accident injuries are abdominal, which equates to around 1,500 pelvic and abdominal injuries each year in New York!

Abdominal and pelvic injuries should never be taken lightly because of the important role each organ within the abdominal cavity plays towards our everyday bodily function. Immediate medical attention must be sought out by accident victims, and it’s important for everyone to know that the overall recovery and rehabilitation process associated with these types of injuries is not easy.

These injuries tend to result in an extensive amount of financial loss due to medical bills and ongoing physical therapy, but there are several other types of associated damages that must also be accounted for within these cases. The Siler & Ingber team is here to assist you throughout these troubling injury situations in order to help you obtain your comprehensive, rightful compensation.

When you contact us for a free case review, we’ll be able to thoroughly understand the details of your accident and begin the necessary initial steps towards legal action.

Types of Abdominal and Pelvic Injuries

There are two main types of pelvic and abdominal injuries that are typically sustained within car accidents and other personal injury cases, which include blunt force and penetrating.

Blunt force injuries will undoubtedly have a tremendous impact on an accident victim’s pelvic and abdomen area, but these injuries do not penetrate the skin. Sometimes these injuries occur when objects like an airbag, seatbelt or steering wheel impact an individual’s body extremely hard within car crashes; but there still are countless scenarios in which these injuries can occur outside of vehicular accidents.

Penetrating injuries occur when the accident victim’s abdominal skin is broken, which almost always results in a serious amount of blood loss and internal organ damage.

Most of our important organs are protected from our hard skeleton, but this is not the case for all of our abdominal organs. This lack of skeletal protection ends up leaving our vital abdominal organs very vulnerable to serious injuries, so some common pelvic and abdominal injuries include the following:

What is Seatbelt Syndrome?

Seatbelt syndrome occurs when internal organ injuries are essentially caused by the impact of a seatbelt against a driver or passenger’s abdomen during a high impact collision. Sometimes these injuries are a result of someone not properly wearing their seatbelt, but even when seatbelts are worn properly they can end up causing internal bleeding, ruptured organs, perforated bowels and a lot of other intense medical complications.

Children are especially at risk of seatbelt syndrome because they’re more likely to not perfectly fit the seatbelt’s parameters, but this is a medical issue that affects everyone. Although seatbelts are designed to save our lives during high-speed collisions, they can also pose legitimate health threats to car passengers.

Common Abdominal Injury Symptoms

There are a lot of different types of abdominal trauma, so there are subsequently many different symptoms, including:

  • Nausea
  • Minor to severe bruising and soreness
  • Blood loss
  • Blood in urine
  • Vomiting
  • Cold, pale, or bluish-looking skin
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Lack of attentiveness

Common Pelvic Injury Symptoms

Pelvic injuries are a bit different than abdominal injuries, and they are typically differentiated through the extensiveness of discomfort and pain that an accident victim experiences while simply moving around. Some of the common pelvic injury symptoms include:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Having trouble urinating
  • Discomfort while standing up
  • Feeling a tingling or numbing sensation below the waist
  • Unusual bleeding

Lingering Abdominal Complications

Hematoma Rupture

When abdominal injuries result in blood loss, an accident victim’s blood may begin to form hematomas through clotting. Our bodies will typically be capable of reabsorbing blood and healing on its own, but there are instances in which a person’s blood clots can rupture. These hematoma ruptures may initially begin well after an accident occurs, and they’re always very serious.

If you endure a liver or spleen hematoma rupture, the amount of blood loss flowing within the abdominal cavity can end up being deadly. Peritonitis is a potential risk factor with this type of complication, which is life-threatening if medical attention is not promptly received.

Intestinal Obstruction

Scar tissue is something that can form when an abdominal injury or surgery begins to heal, and this is sometimes a serious issue because scar tissue can potentially form loops in a person’s intestine. This subsequently can lead to intestinal blockages and serious abdominal pain, accompanied with consistent vomiting. There are some severe cases of intestinal obstruction that require surgery to remove the scar tissue’s fibrous strands.

Intra-Abdominal Abscess

An abscess, or collection of pus, can potentially form within an accident victim’s abdominal cavity when an internal organ injury is not properly treated. An abscess can also form simply as an accident victim’s body naturally repairs itself after an abdominal injury.

These are sometimes very serious health issues because an abscess can create further damage to an individual’s blood vessels and nearby organs. Typically what needs to happen is the abscess must be thoroughly drained and then treated with antibiotics in order for the victim to ensure a safe and full recovery.

Abdominal Compartment Syndrome

Abdominal organs will sustain swelling after injuries like most parts of the body, and although our bodies can handle this type of swelling there is a certain degree of swelling that can result in too much pressure around the abdominal organs. This type of intense pressure can result in a general lack of blood supply and overall organ damage.

This type of internal damage associated with pressure is known as abdominal compartment syndrome, which has the potential to detrimentally affect an individual’s kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and even their central nervous system. This is a very serious issue that must be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible because it can increase an accident victim’s risk of death.

Diagnosing and Treating Abdominal or Pelvic Injuries

Diagnosing these types of internal injuries typically entails the use of a CT scan or x-ray. There are also some situations in which a urinalysis is needed to determine blood loss after serious accidents. Exploratory surgery is often a strategy to help medical professionals fully assess the amount of internal damage that an accident victim sustained, and sometimes accident victims are quickly sent to endure exploratory surgery when it’s clearly evident that serious abdominal injuries occurred.

In most severe cases, surgery is the common treatment for abdominal and pelvic injuries. When an accident victim experiences a pelvic fracture, they’re likely to be prescribed a certain amount of resting period and painkillers mediate the serious pain they’re likely to experience. Minor pelvic fractures take around eight to twelve weeks to fully heal, so many accident victims will also undergo extensive physical therapy.

Our Personal Injury Lawyers Assist Pelvic and Abdominal Injury Victims in Receiving Compensation

Getting medical attention should always be an accident victim’s first priority, but obtaining legal advice as quickly as possible is a close second. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers is here to analyze your case and ultimately determine your settlement’s full value. Our past case results are a clear indication of the success rate we’ve had with all of our clients, and we’ll always do our due diligence in terms of fighting on your behalf to ensure that you get every last dollar you and your family deserve.

If you or a loved one has suffered from any kind of pelvic or abdominal injury, you should contact us for a free case review so our team can help you take the necessary first steps towards legal recourse.

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