Trauma to one’s abdominal region can be the cause of severe, long-term pain that can commonly alter an injured party’s everyday life. Serious abdominal injuries, with side affects such as shock, nausea, vomiting, or blood in urine, have a strong tendency to persist over time and may manifest in one of two fashions: penetrating trauma or blunt force trauma, both of which have potential to harm one’s internal organs.
Penetrating Trauma: formed through puncturing the skin of the abdomen, like gunshot or stabbing wounds, penetrating abdominal trauma (PAT) may be life threatening due to heavy blood loss. Since the abdomen holds a number of large organs, a great deal of space exists for one to bleed profusely without knowing.
Blunt Force Trauma: also referred to as non-penetrating trauma, blunt trauma to the abdomen results in large contusions, or bruising, whether prevalent on the abdominal skin or to the inner organs.
Identification of critical abdominal pain is not an easy task. No matter the form of which abdominal trauma is sustained, often times injured parties fail to recognize or notice the injuries until after multiple medical examinations or until excruciating pain occurs, particularly when dealing with blunt force trauma.
The majority of abdominal injuries are a result of motor vehicle collisions, whether through strong impact to one’s abdominal region or the strain and pulling caused by safety belts. Although seatbelts properly protect one from brain or chest injury, safety belts can be the source of injury to crucial abdominal organs like the pancreas or the intestines, depending on the extent of the accident. If you or a loved one has recently experienced abdominal trauma from a motor vehicle accident or other source, please contact the Nevada law firm of Benson and Bingham for exceptional and seasoned advice.