Internal Injuries After A Car Accident

In your favorite violent or dramatic movie, you’re probably seen an injured character start bleeding from their nose or mouth and known they were a goner. This is because this kind of bleeding is one of the most prominent signs of an internal injury, a type of traumatic wound that impacts organs. And internal injuries aren’t just in the movies! During a car accident or other traumatic incident, internal damage is a very real danger for everyday people.

Defining Internal Injuries

The internal organs within the human body include the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, spleen, small and large intestines, brain, and pancreas, plus reproductive organs like the ovaries or prostate. All of these organs are susceptible to damage during a car accident, though abdominal and chest organs are the most likely to sustain damage. Internal injuries can also occur through other traumatic events, like a fall, gunshot wound, or assault. During a car accident, they can occur from the sudden impact of a collision. They might also occur when a victim comes into contact with another object, like a steering wheel.

Some types of internal injuries include:

  • Punctured lungs, often as the result of a broken bone that pokes into the lungs
  • Brain bleeding
  • Abdominal aorta aneurysm
  • Pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung
  • Internal bleeding

Internal injuries to vital organs can coincide with another injury. For example, the kidneys might also be injured when someone hurts their back. They can also result from the sudden trauma of an accident, and might not always be paired with an external injury. Internal organs can rupture or tear. They can also completely shut down due to an injury, leading to a potentially fatal loss of critical body functions. In rare instances, organs can even shift inside the body.

Symptoms of Internal Injuries

The symptoms of an internal injury are not always obvious. Some symptoms include:

  • Weakness or fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe headache

After An Accident

An internal injury will usually require surgery to repair the damage, and in severe cases, an organ transplant might be necessary. If an internal injury is not immediately treated, it could even turn fatal from complications like blood loss or shock.

Internal organ damage and other not immediately apparent injuries are yet another reason why you should always consider seeing a doctor after a car accident. A doctor is able to spot symptoms that you might not immediately recognize, and can diagnose an injury before it becomes a dangerous problem.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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