When an employee thinks about the types of workplace injuries he risks by going to work, he probably does not even consider one of the most dangerous ones—internal bleeding. This is a hidden, potentially life-threatening injury, and a worker may not even realize he is experiencing any medical condition until his symptoms escalate, possibly days after his injury. However, factory workers, construction workers, and truck drivers should be especially concerned about internal bleeding if they are struck by heavy objects, fall, are crushed by heavy machinery, or are hurt in a vehicle accident.
Four Common Surgeries for Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding damages a person’s body both through the loss of blood and the pressure the misplaced blood puts on his internal organs and tissues. Sometimes the bleeding will stop on its own, and a person could just require monitoring. However, if the injury is more severe, a person might need emergency treatment, including surgery. Depending on which part of the body the accident occurs, a person could need one of these surgeries:
- Exploratory laparotomy. If the internal bleeding occurs in the abdominal area, the surgeon would make a large incision in the abdomen and seal the ends of the leaking blood vessels.
- Thoracotomy. For bleeding around the heart or lungs, an incision would be made along the rib cage or breastbone. The surgeon would identify the exact source and stop it to prevent pressure to the heart and lungs.
- Craniotomy. If the person has suffered a traumatic brain injury with internal bleeding, the surgeon may need to drill a hole in the skull to relieve pressure and prevent additional damage to the brain.
- Fasciotomy. Internal bleeding in a person’s thigh can create high pressure and prevent blood from traveling to the rest of the leg. In this situation, the surgeon would need to cut deeply into the thigh area to identify the problem and stop the bleeding.
Even with surgery, a worker experiencing internal bleeding could suffer complications, such as organ or brain damage, and injuries resulting in permanent disability. However, at least he may be entitled to recover his back wages—future wages too if he is disabled—and medical bills from his employer under workers’ compensation.
If you or a family member suffered internal bleeding as a result of a workplace accident, it is important to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible so that you don’t miss the deadline to file a workers’ compensation claim. Call me at 877-360-0183 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.