Suffering internal bleeding and internal organ injuries from a workplace accident can be a life-threatening medical emergency. You could require hospitalization, surgery, and a long period of recovery. In some cases, you could suffer permanent injuries that prevent you from returning to your job. However, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey. Benefits that you could receive include payment of your medical bills, replacement of a portion of your wages, vocational rehabilitation services, and more.
What Are the Causes of Internal Bleeding and Organ Injuries in Workplace Accidents?
Internal injuries and bleeding may be caused by any significant physical injury suffered on the job. There are two types of trauma that can cause these injuries:
- Blunt trauma. Blunt trauma occurs when the body collides with another object, often at a high speed. This causes blood vessels in the body to be torn or crushed by the force of the impact or a blunt object. Car accidents, falls, and physical assaults are common causes of blunt trauma injuries.
- Penetrating trauma. This type of trauma happens when an object penetrates the body and causes tears in blood vessels, muscles, and organs. Penetrating trauma can occur in a car accident, when a person falls onto an object, or when he is caught between machinery or other large objects. In addition, gun shots and stabbings in workplace violence incidents can cause internal bleeding and injuries.
Types of Internal Injuries in a Workplace Accident
While internal bleeding and organ damage can be the result of obvious injuries that require immediate treatment, in some cases a worker may not realize that he suffered this injury until hours or days after his accident. Symptoms of internal bleeding and injuries include:
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Light-headiness or dizziness
- Loss of consciousness
- Swelling or pain in a leg
Because a person may not know that he is suffering organ damage or bleeding, he needs to seek prompt medical care to reduce the organ damage and prevent a life-threatening condition from developing. Many different organs in the body can be damaged when there is internal bleeding and injuries. These include the following:
- Liver. Because of the liver’s large size and location in the body, it is a common organ injured when a person experiences abdominal trauma. Blood transfusions, surgery, and observation are some of the treatments for this injury.
- Spleen. The spleen plays the vital role of filtering blood and fighting infection. When it is ruptured in a workplace accident, blood can spill out into the abdominal cavity. Blood transfusions may be necessary to replace the lost blood, and surgery could be required to remove the spleen.
- Kidneys. Our kidneys remove waste from the blood. If the kidneys are punctured or torn in an accident, this can cause bleeding and possible organ failure. Surgery may be necessary to repair the damage or remove the kidney.
- Lungs. Car accidents and falls can cause blunt force trauma that results in the lungs being punctured. When this occurs, air collects between the two layers of tissue lining the lungs and prevents the lungs from expanding. In serious cases, a tube may need to be inserted into the chest cavity to drain the air or surgery may be necessary.
- Abdominal aora. The aorta is the main means of transporting blood from the heart throughout the body. When an accident causes an aneurysm, which is a balloon-like bulge filled with blood, it can become a life-threatening emergency if the aneurysm bursts.
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