Internal Bleeding Caused by an Accident or Following Surgery in New Jersey: What You Need to Know
Internal bleeding is usually an injury caused by trauma to the body. It has symptoms, but none that can be seen externally. Car accidents, falls, construction site accidents, motorcycle crashes and bicycle accidents can all cause internal bleeding, as can medical malpractice. Violent accidents such as gunshot wounds and lacerations can also cause internal bleeding. In some cases, internal bleeding is causally related to negligence on the part of another driver, doctor or surgeon, company, or manufacturer. Determining who is responsible is imperative in order to seek compensation for these severe injuries. Fortunately, we can help. If you or some close to you experienced internal bleeding after an accident, or suffered complications due to undiagnosed internal bleeding in New Jersey, call our seasoned personal injury attorneys to discuss your legal options. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to assist you with recovering compensation for internal bleeding injuries from those responsible. Call (732) 303-7857 for a free personal injury consultation.
Learning About Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding (also known as hemorrhaging) occurs when there is damage to blood vessels, veins, or arteries. It can begin with a sharp impact accident or blunt force trauma. It can happen in different ways and varying degrees. Minor cases of internal bleeding, such as bruises, heal by themselves but can still be painful.
Common Reasons for Internal Bleeding
Internal Bleeding from a Car Accident
Car accidents can cause serious injuries, such as blunt force trauma or penetrating trauma. When the body is violently thrown around during a car accident, internal organs can be damaged by the impact. This can cause bleeding in the organs, such as the liver, spleen, or kidneys. If an object, such as a piece of metal or glass, penetrates the body during a car accident, it can cause internal bleeding by damaging or rupturing blood vessels or organs. The sudden jerking movements during a car accident can cause injury to the neck and spine, leading to internal bleeding in the spinal cord or brain. A person being compressed between two objects in a car accident can cause injury and internal bleeding in the chest, abdomen, or pelvis. When an airbag deploys, it can cause internal bleeding by bruising or rupturing internal organs.
Internal Bleeding Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
In a slip and fall accident, a person can hit their body on a hard surface, causing injury to internal organs such as the liver, spleen, or kidneys. If a person falls onto an object, such as a sharp edge or point, it can cause internal bleeding by damaging or rupturing blood vessels or organs. When a person falls, they can fracture bones, leading to internal bleeding if the bone breaks through the skin or if the bone is pressing against an internal organ. If someone falls and lands on their body, it can cause injury and internal bleeding in the chest, abdomen, or pelvis. If a person falls and hits their head, or can suffer an injury to the brain, which can lead to internal bleeding in the skull. Just like in a car accident, internal bleeding from slipping and falling may not always be immediately obvious, so seeking medical attention immediately after a slip and fall accident is crucial.
Construction Site Accident Resulting in Internal Organ Damage
On a construction site, when a construction worker is hit by falling debris or heavy machinery, it can cause injury to internal organs such as the liver, spleen, or kidneys. If a construction worker is struck by a sharp object, such as a nail or metal fragment, it can cause internal bleeding by damaging or rupturing blood vessels or organs. If a worker falls from a height or is hit by falling objects, they can fracture bones, which can lead to internal bleeding if the bone breaks through the skin or if the bone is pressing against an internal organ. A worker pinned between two heavy objects can cause injury and internal bleeding in the chest, abdomen, or pelvis. If a worker falls and hits their head, it can cause an injury to the brain, leading to internal bleeding in the skull. Burns from chemicals or electrical accidents can also cause internal organ damage and bleeding.
Internal Bleeding in Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice can also cause internal bleeding. A healthcare provider may administer the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, which can lead to internal bleeding as a side effect. In cases where misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a condition that causes internal bleeding occurs, the bleeding may continue unchecked, leading to further injury or even death. Anesthesiologists may administer too much or too little anesthesia, which can cause internal bleeding. A healthcare provider may provide the wrong type of treatment for a condition that causes internal bleeding, which can cause further injury, or they may fail to properly monitor a patient for signs of internal bleeding after a procedure or treatment, leading to further injury or even death. All of these events happen more frequently than one might expect.
Internal Bleeding Indicators
Internal bleeding can cause many symptoms. Dizziness, blurred vision, mental confusion, and an intense headache are common. Low blood pressure, aching in the joints and muscles, and extreme fatigue are also possible. Shortness of breath, sharp pain in the upper chest or abdominal section, painful bruising, vomiting, nausea, dark-colored diarrhea, or blood in the urine could be indications of internal bleeding.
Does Internal Bleeding Hurt?
Internal bleeding can cause pain, but this is not always the case. The severity and location of the bleeding will determine whether or not a person feels pain.
When can You File a Lawsuit for Internal Bleeding in New Jersey?
Filing a claim for compensation after an accident can depend on several factors, including the type of accident, the extent of the injuries, and the laws in the jurisdiction where the accident occurred. In general, you may be able to file a claim for compensation if someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing caused the accident. In most situations, you can file your claim within two years of the date of the accident.
Who May Be Responsible in a Lawsuit for Internal Bleeding?
It would depend on the kind of accident that caused the injuries. If it was on a construction site, your employer may be at fault or the maker of some possibly faulty materials or equipment. If you had a car accident, the other people involved could be held liable. A slip-and-fall accident in a restaurant, store, bar or another place of business has a duty of care to keep their property safe and can be held accountable for their failure to do so. A medical malpractice suit could be filed against the doctor(s) on the treatment team, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, or the hospital for its unsafe practices. In other words, the potentially responsible parties are numerous. The key is examining all of the facts of the case and determining who can be sued.
Types of Damages That Can Be Recovered for Internal Bleeding Injuries
Medical expenses include emergency room treatment, hospital stays, surgery, medications, and physical therapy. If the individual is unable to work because of the accident, they may be able to recover the wages they would have earned during that time. Pain and suffering are intended to compensate the individual for the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the accident. If the individual has suffered a permanent injury or disfigurement due to the internal bleeding accident, they may be able to recover damages for that injury. The injured person’s family can also sue for wrongful death if the injuries were too grave to allow for recovery.
Suffered Internal Bleeding after an Accident in NJ? Call our Attorneys in Monmouth County Today
If you or someone you know has been in an accident resulting in internal bleeding in New Jersey, it is paramount to fully understand your rights and whether you may be entitled to compensation. With decades of combined experience handling accident claims in New Jersey, our personal injury lawyers will work to ensure that your legal rights are protected while we navigate your claim for internal bleeding injuries in Middletown, Asbury Park, Howell, Brick, Holmdel, Lakewood, Point Pleasant, Toms River, Freehold, and across Ocean and Monmouth County. We know this is a stressful time for you and your family, and it is our commitment is to assist you through the legal process to obtain the best possible outcome.
Our personal injury attorneys will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and review relevant documents to determine the facts of your case and who may be liable for your internal bleeding injuries. We will explain your rights under the law and advise you on the best course of action to take to pursue your claim. We will handle all communication with the insurance companies involved in your case and negotiate with them to try to reach a fair and just settlement for you. If a settlement cannot be reached, we will go to trial in a lawsuit on your behalf in order to obtain compensation for your injuries. We aim to ensure you get the compensation to which you are fully entitled while you recover and heal. Call our Monmouth County office at (732) 303-7857 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.