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Internal Organ Damage and Bleeding

Operating room scene of doctors operating on person who has suffered internal organ damage and bleeding.

Serious accidents may cause damage to internal organs when these body parts slam against one another or into other structures of the body, or are penetrated by foreign objects. Victims of medical malpractice – particularly surgical errors – are also vulnerable to internal organ damage and bleeding.

Internal organ damage often requires surgery, and may result in the loss of the damaged organ or a portion of it, such as a section of bowel, for example. In some cases, organ damage and internal bleeding are overlooked after an accident because many symptoms cannot be seen. This leads to complications such as infection or even wrongful death.

If you or your family member have suffered internal organ damage in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and other losses. The attorneys of Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC pursue personal injury and medical malpractice cases involving internal organ damage in Seattle and elsewhere in Washington.

Our respected and trusted catastrophic injury attorneys can discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We’ll let you know how injury victims can protect their rights under Washington law.

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Common Types of Traumatic Internal Organ Damage

Common internal organ injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI). A blow or sudden jolt to the head can cause the brain to be pushed violently against the inside of the skull. A penetrating injury can fracture the skull and tear into the brain. A TBI may range from a mild concussion that clears up after a few weeks to serious brain damage that leaves the victim in need of medical care and assistance for the rest of his or her life.
  • Chest injuries. A blow to the chest can break ribs or rupture the diaphragm, the muscle across the bottom of the rib cage that propels the lungs. Broken ribs may splinter and puncture organs. A sharp blow to chest could break the sternum, the bone that protects the heart, including the aorta, the body’s largest artery. Traumatic injury to the heart, including bleeding from a ruptured aorta, is often fatal.
  • Abdominal injuries. Traumatic accidents or surgical malpractice may damage major internal organs such as the liver, lungs, stomach, spleen, intestines, kidneys, and others. Bleeding from damaged internal organs or pierced bowels can cause infection if not treated, which typically requires surgical repair.
  • Internal bleeding. Serious blood loss from internal organ damage can cause a victim to go into shock, which is a life-threatening condition.

Serious internal organ damage typically requires emergency medical treatment, expensive diagnostic tests (CT scans and MRIs, for example), hospitalization, surgery and, in many cases, a lengthy recovery that may include ongoing rehabilitation therapy.

The law in Washington State allows victims of catastrophic injury caused by others’ negligence to pursue personal injury lawsuits for compensation, including in cases of serious internal organ injury. Surviving family members of people who die from injuries caused by negligence may also sue for damages.

Get Answers to Your Questions About Compensation for Internal Injuries

Personal injury lawsuits can be very complicated – especially when dealing with hospitals, medical providers, and insurance companies. Don’t go it alone. Make sure that you recover the compensation to which you’re entitled by contacting Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC. Our personal injury attorneys have years of experience – and a proven track record – when it comes to representing personal injury victims in Washington State.

We’ve recovered millions of dollars for clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries, including serious internal organ damage. Contact us today to discuss your situation, determine if you might be entitled to compensation, and decide if filing a personal injury lawsuit is in your family’s best interests.