To many, a severe vehicle accident injury means brain or spinal cord damage. While it is true that these are two of the most devastating injuries, a crash can critically injure other parts of the body.
Since the front of the torso is vulnerable to the extreme forces involved in a collision, many victims suffer abdominal or chest injuries. Always seek a medical assessment to rule out severe harm and continue watching for signs of chest and abdomen injuries in the days and weeks after the accident.
Traumatic abdominal aorta aneurysm
Violent vehicle accidents can compress or damage the aorta, a large artery that passes from the heart through the chest and stomach. Undetected, it can lead to internal bleeding, which may be life-threatening. Symptoms include constant pain in the belly region, pain in the back and a detectable pulse near the naval.
Abdominal compartment syndrome
A life-threatening medical emergency, this syndrome occurs when the pressure inside the abdomen builds to dangerously high levels. Without treatment, the pressure can reduce or even entirely sever blood flow to abdomen and other organs, often leading to their failure. Symptoms include severe pain, tightness, swelling and trouble breathing.
Fracture of the sternum
Direct chest trauma may fracture the sternum or breastbone, often impacting the victim’s mobility and ability to work for up to three months. Sternal fractures can cause severe chest pain, especially when breathing, laughing or coughing. It can also lead to potentially serious complications like a chest infection.
Those involved in a car accident often pass on a medical evaluation because they seem uninjured. However, seeking treatment serves two vital purposes. It helps you learn if you are seriously injured and provides medical evidence to pursue fair compensation under Louisiana accident and injury laws.