Internal Organ Damage Attorneys
Some of the most devastating injuries are not immediately visible. Internal organ damage can be catastrophic and even fatal if it is not immediately and properly treated by qualified medical professionals. Even with a swift diagnosis and care, some internal organ damage can result in serious complications which may lead to lasting physical pain and disability.
If you or someone you love suffered internal organ damage due to a car accident, medical malpractice, or any other traumatic event, you could be entitled to financial compensation. At Shevlin Smith, P.C., our attorneys are prepared to guide you through the process of filing a claim and fighting for the full, fair recovery you are owed. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of severely injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed in Virginia and Washington, D.C.; learn how our Fairfax internal organ damage lawyers can help you with your serious injury case.
Examples Of Internal Organ Damage
Internal organ damage refers to any injuries to internal structures of the body, including all major organs. Because they are both very serious and difficult to detect, not being visible to the eye, internal injuries are often life-threatening.
Some examples of internal organ damage include:
- Closed-head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Chest and heart injuries
- Broken ribs
- Punctured lungs
- Ruptured diaphragms
- Internal bleeding
- Ruptured livers, stomachs, or spleens
- Intestinal injuries
- Kidney damage
- Pierced bowels or bladders
- Injuries to reproductive organs
- Nerve damage
Not only do internal injuries result in severe pain, but they can also lead to life-altering disabilities and other complications. Treating such injuries often requires extensive, ongoing surgeries, rehabilitation therapy, pain medications, and more. With proper treatment, many victims will make a full or nearly full recovery; others will continue to face significant challenges for months, years, or even the remainder of their lives.
Common Causes Of Severe Internal Injuries
There are two primary causes of internal organ damage: blunt trauma and penetrating injuries. Blunt trauma refers to the sudden collision of the body and another object. Penetrating injuries occur when an outside object pierces the body.
Specifically, some of the most common causes of catastrophic internal organ damage include:
- Car, motorcycle, truck, and other motor vehicle collisions
- Falls, including falls from heights and slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Workplace and work-related accidents
- Medical malpractice, including surgical errors and birth injuries
- Nursing home abuse/neglect
- Violence, including assault, gunshot wounds, and knife wounds
- Defective products
Often, these accidents occur due to another person or party’s negligent or wrongful actions. When this is the case, victims are entitled to seek compensation for their damages, including both economic and non-economic losses.
What Damages Can Victims Recover?
Internal organ damage typically necessitates immediate emergency medical attention. Victims will likely be hospitalized and may need to pay out-of-pocket expenses for various things, such as ambulance fees and initial medical care. They will also likely need to undergo surgery and may require extensive aftercare. During this time, victims will typically be unable to work and, if their injuries are very severe, they may be out of work for weeks, months, or even years.
When someone else was to blame for the accident that caused your injuries, you should not have to deal with these and other consequences on your own. In fact, the law allows you to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party and seek financial compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.
Depending on the specifics of your case, these economic and non-economic damages may include things like:
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance fees
- Rehabilitation/physical therapy
- Medical equipment and devices
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income/wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
In some cases, our Fairfax internal organ damage attorneys may also be able to seek punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, such as those listed above, punitive damages are not meant to compensate victims for specific losses but, rather, to punish the at-fault person or party for egregious negligence and/or wanton or willful misconduct. Punitive damages are relatively rare but may be sought in specific cases involving wrongful conduct (such as assault) or severe negligence (such as drunk driving).
Why Choose Shevlin Smith, P.C.?
Our goal is to help you secure the maximum compensation you are owed. We understand just how difficult it is to get back on your feet after a serious accident or injury, which is why our attorneys work tirelessly to investigate your claim and build your case. We always prepare for litigation and, whenever necessary, are ready to fight for you in the courtroom.
At Shevlin Smith, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, including catastrophically injured motor vehicle accident victims and those injured due to medical malpractice, landowner negligence and work-related accidents. No matter how complex your case may be, our team is here to provide the compassionate guidance, personal attention, and aggressive advocacy you need.