At Nagel Rice LLP, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys have been successfully helping victims of negligence or recklessness of others for over 40 years. Some of the most serious cases we handle involve internal organ damage our clients sustained in car accidents, slips and falls, or medical malpractice incidents. If you are suffering the overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial turmoil of such trauma, now is the time to contact us. We have the experience and well-honed skills to bring you the meaningful compensation you deserve.
We have a well-earned reputation for outstanding service, having won over $1 billion for our clients in settlements and verdicts. Contact us now for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we recover damages.
What is internal organ damage and what causes it?
Organ damage occurs when the structure and/or function of the organ is impaired. While it may result from various disease conditions, in personal injury cases, this damage is the result of one of the following:
- Traffic accidents (involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians)
- Sports injuries in which, for example, protective gear was defective or there was inadequate supervision
- Construction accidents in which, for example, a passerby was hit by falling debris or electrocuted by a live wire
- Slip and fall accidents in a neighbor’s year, a playground, a supermarket, etc.
- Surgical errors or failure to diagnose an internal injury
- Drowning or near drowning due to poor maintenance or poor supervision
- Side effects of medications
It is also possible that your internal organ damage resulted from an assault. It is important to understand that our lawyers can sue a person who attacked you in a civil suit whether or not that individual is arrested or convicted of a crime.
Other defendants in personal injury lawsuits may include impaired or intoxicated drivers, manufacturers of defective autos or auto parts, school districts, construction companies, contractors, property owners, healthcare providers, and drug manufacturers.
Most Common Types of Internal Organ Damage
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the liver and spleen are the two organs most commonly injured by blunt force or penetrating trauma. After this, the kidney, small intestine, large intestine, and bladder are most likely to suffer damage.
Symptoms of Internal Organ Injuries
There are a great many symptoms that indicate a patient may have suffered internal organ damage, all of which warrant careful examination to rule out such possibilities. Depending on which organ is impacted, the patient may show one or more of the following symptoms:
- Abdominal swelling, or other noticeable swelling
- Discolored skin or deep bruising in or near the affected organ
- Tightness in chest, difficulty breathing
- Extreme sweating, lightheadedness, or fainting
- Chest pain, pain in the abdomen, shoulder, or elsewhere, depending
on which organ is affected
- Blurred vision, confusion
- Swelling of legs and ankles
- Coughing up blood
- Nausea, vomiting
- Severe headache
As you can see, a broad range of symptoms can be evidence of internal bleeding and internal organ damage, any of which can signal catastrophic possibilities. All of these symptoms have to be checked out. This is why it is critical that EMTs, doctors, and other medical professionals, pay close attention and take immediate action if these symptoms are present after a trauma.
Why Internal Organ Damage Is So Serious
Internal organ damage, especially to vital organs, can result in extreme pain and easily become life-threatening. One or more surgeries may be necessary. Not only are fatalities from such injuries all too common, but survivors of internal organ damage may suffer years, or even a lifetime, of health complications.
Patients may have to look forward to enormous medical bills, temporary or permanent loss of income, disability, increased susceptibility to illness, and diminished quality of life. In cases of wrongful death, surviving family members will have to cope with final medical expenses, funeral costs, lost family income, and loss of companionship and emotional support. This is why it is crucial to have an internal organ damage attorney you can depend on to protect your rights.
What Nagel Rice Attorneys Will Do for You and Your Family
We are committed to leveraging our decades of experience to your advantage by:
- Thoroughly investigating police records, medical reports, and forensic evidence
- Identifying and interviewing witnesses
- Checking for any previous accusations, settlements or verdicts against the defendant
- Using our exceptional negotiation skills to bring you the maximum compensation
- Contacting appropriate medical, mechanical, and accident reconstruction experts who can testimony on your behalf
You can rely on us to take over all legal and logistical aspects of your case and to handle all communications with opposing counsel and insurance companies while you rest and focus on healing.
Damages Our Attorneys Will Fight to Recover
After all, you have been through and continue to endure, you are entitled to both economic and non-economic damages and our lawyers will fight aggressively to recover both, either through an out-of-court settlement or a trial verdict.
- Economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses that result directly from your injury, including:
- Medical, rehabilitative, and pharmaceutical costs or co-pays
- Property damage
- Lost income (present and future)
- Long-term care if necessary
- Alterations to make your home accessible
- Replacement services (e.g. childcare)
- Final medical costs, funeral, and burial/cremation fees, loss of financial support (in case of wrongful death)
- Non-Economic Damages are designed to cover intangibles, such as:
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship (in case of wrongful death)
Contact Our Capable Internal Organ Damage Attorneys Now
No matter what kind of accident or incident you were injured in, as long as another party’s negligence, recklessness or malice caused your internal organ damage, you deserve substantial compensation. Get in touch with us today so we can evaluate your case and begin working on a strategic plan to bring you the resources you need for a secure and comfortable future.