Internal Injuries That Often Occur in Auto Accidents

Posted on behalf of Jeff Pitman on November 2, 2017 in Car Accidents
Updated on April 25, 2024

accident victim put in ambulanceAn internal injury is one of the most dangerous types of car accident injuries. If these injuries are not treated immediately, they can cause serious complications or death.

If you suffered an internal injury from a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Milwaukee car accident attorneys at PKSD are committed to helping victims fight for the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free, no obligation legal consultation.

Types of Internal Injuries

These are some of the most common internal injuries caused by car accidents:

Brain Bleeds

Open or closed head wounds in car crashes may cause the brain to bleed. This could prevent oxygen from reaching areas of the brain, leading to brain damage that may be permanent. These injuries can also cause lasting brain damage by putting the brain under excessive pressure.

Broken Ribs

The impact of a crash can cause fractures to ribs. Broken ribs are especially dangerous because these broken bones can impact other parts of the body, damaging organs and blood vessels.


Pneumothorax occurs when a rib punctures a lung, causing the lung to deflate and collapse, releasing air into the chest. This condition is often a complication from broken ribs.

Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm

If the stomach is compressed during an accident, the victim may suffer a rupture of the abdominal aorta, also called an abdominal aorta aneurysm. This internal injury is typically fatal.

Organ Injury

Any internal organ can be damaged in a car crash, especially a high-impact accident. This can cause internal bleeding and may result in the affected organ failing to perform essential functions. Liver lacerations and kidney damage are common organ injuries caused by car accidents. If these injuries are not repaired immediately, you may suffer lasting damage or fatal internal bleeding.

Ruptured Spleen

A ruptured spleen can cause severe internal bleeding. This injury typically requires surgery to correct.

Internal Bleeding

A car accident may cause trauma to blood vessels within the body, preventing them from clotting or repairing themselves, which can lead to internal bleeding. Some of the symptoms of internal bleeding include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cold feeling
  • Lightheadedness
  • Pale complexion
  • Thirst
  • Fatigue

What to do After Suffering an Internal Injury

Internal injuries can occur even in minor car accidents. Sometimes victims are unaware they have suffered an internal injury because their symptoms are not obvious or they take a while to present themselves.

This is why it is so important to not avoid medical treatment after an accident just because everything appears to be fine. Immediate medical treatment is the best way to detect life-threatening internal injuries. A qualified medical professional will run the necessary tests to uncover hidden internal injuries you may not be aware of.

Contact Our Milwaukee Lawyers Today

Internal injuries caused by car accidents may require costly and extensive medical care, leaving victims with large medical bills and forcing them to take time off work for recovery.

The Milwaukee car accident lawyers of PKSD work with injured clients, gathering evidence and pursuing at-fault drivers to secure the compensation needed to pay medical bills, cover lost wages, and compensate you for your pain and suffering.

Learn the legal options that may be available in your case through a free, no-obligation case consultation with our car accident attorneys today. Every case we take is accepted on a contingency fee basis so you only pay us if we help to secure the compensation you deserve.

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