Construction, Factory, and Trucking Workers Are Especially At Risk of Suffering Internal Organ Damage
Workers in many industries in New Jersey risk suffering internal organ damage from injuries on the job. A person may not realize he has suffered internal damage at first because the injury is hidden with no initial symptoms. However, these can be some of the most traumatic injuries workers can experience and can become life-threatening if not treated.
Internal organ damage is often caused by two types of trauma. A person with these injuries will most likely have suffered one of these traumas to his body:
- Blunt trauma. This occurs when a part of the body collides with something else, usually at high speed or with great force. It causes blood vessels in the body to be crushed or torn.
- Penetrating trauma. When an object penetrates the body, it can tear holes in blood vessels, muscles, and internal organs.
Common Workplace Accidents That Result in Internal Organ Damage
Construction workers and factory workers are especially at risk of suffering internal organ damage because of the dangers of working from heights and with heavy machinery like forklifts. Truck drivers are also in greater danger of suffering these injuries in vehicle accidents. Common workplace accidents that can cause these deadly injuries include:
- Crushing accidents
- Thermal and chemical burns
- Electric shock
- Truck and car accidents
- Falls from ladders, scaffolds, and heights
- Being struck by a falling object
- Trench collapse
- Collisions with heavy machinery
Internal Injuries Workers Experience
Workers can suffer internal bleeding when any of their blood vessels are crushed or torn. They can also suffer serious injuries to the following organs:
- Liver damage. Because of its location in the body, liver damage is common when a person suffers a trauma to his abdomen.
- Kidney damage. Significant trauma to the abdomen can result in kidney damage, causing the kidneys to rupture or stop working.
- Punctured lungs. The lungs can be punctured from a blow to a body or if a rib is fractured and punctures the lung. In serious cases, the lungs could collapse.
- Ruptured spleen. A ruptured spleen can cause excessive internal bleeding—a potentially life-threatening injury.
- Head injuries. Even a mild trauma to the head can result in a person suffering traumatic brain damage, with serious limits on his reasoning, physical, emotional, and behavioral abilities.
Internal organ injuries can be life-threatening and leave employees permanently disabled. However, an injured worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation from his employer for his wages and medical bills.
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