Attorneys for Internal Bleeding or Organ Failure from a Construction Accident
Construction accidents have the potential to cause a variety of serious and life-threatening injuries. Among the most serious of those injuries are internal bleeding or organ failure. Like many of the other injuries a person can suffer on a construction site, internal bleeding and organ damage are extremely serious conditions that require immediate medical attention.
The violent forces involved in many construction accidents can create shards of twisted metal, broken boards, and other hazards that can puncture a person’s skin and affect major blood vessels and internal organs. Additionally, if the injuries are sustained in a fall from a great height, there will be fractured bones and other significant injuries to deal with, as well. The forces of these types of impacts can create pressures inside the body that damage and even tear apart internal organs. Even safety features installed in scaffolding and other construction devices can cause pressure on the internal organs when they do their job of restraining the falling person.
If you had to be rushed to the hospital for internal bleeding or organ failure after a construction accident, you’re likely left with a serious condition that will take a long time to recover from, and you have likely had to miss work because of it. If you were injured on the job and you were working as an employee on the job site, you could apply for workers’ compensation benefits. If you were a passerby or an independent contractor and someone else’s negligence caused the accident, you could pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
You deserve compensation for your injuries, and the experienced New York construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP are here to help. We have served clients who suffered a serious internal bleeding injury or organ failure throughout our state for more than 20 years.
Contact us today at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your needs and see how we can help. We have recovered more than $500 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we will fight hard to help you get the maximum amount you deserve.
Understanding Internal Bleeding and Organ Failure
Astoundingly, the human body contains more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels, which include all of the arteries, veins, and capillaries. Laid end to end, each person’s blood vessels could wrap around the earth twice with room to spare. It should come as no surprise that there is always great potential for internal bleeding after an injury, particularly one that occurs on a construction site.
According to WebMD, internal bleeding is among the most serious results of suffering a traumatic injury. Two kinds of trauma that can lead to internal bleeding are as follows:
- Blunt trauma – Blunt trauma refers to situations where an object collides with a body part or a person’s torso with great force. The blood vessels in the body are damaged by the force of the collision itself rather than from an external object.
- Penetrating trauma – Penetrating trauma refers to situations in which a physical object external to the body enters the skin and tissue and causes holes or tears in blood vessels.
Construction accidents, of course, can cause considerable blunt trauma because of the extreme physical forces acting on the occupants, such as when a person falls from a great height or is hit by a construction vehicle. Additionally, they can also cause penetrating trauma because construction sites always contain sharp, pointed objects that could cause internal bleeding or organ damage.
Since blood is literally a person’s lifeline and supplies oxygen and nutrients to all organs, a severe internal bleeding injury can effectively starve internal organs and cause them to die.
Organ failure is another possible consequence of construction accidents, and while internal bleeding from a damaged blood vessel can lead to it, the condition can result from traumatic injuries affecting a specific organ.
Because of the way the body operates, organ failure in one organ will invariably affect other organs, and if not treated promptly, the condition can lead to death. According to Kindred Hospitals, the body contains six organ systems that, when damaged, can lead to multiple organ system failures. They include:
- The heart
- The lungs
- The liver
- The kidneys
- The brain
- The vascular system and blood
As stated, any damage or failure of one of these systems will eventually affect one or more of the other systems. For instance, a person can experience heart failure, but the condition will cause fluid to build up in the lungs along with damage to the liver and kidneys.
Just like with internal bleeding caused by damaged blood vessels, organ damage can result from blunt trauma or penetrating trauma to the organ itself. In fact, the term “internal bleeding” can refer to bleeding that is coming from one or more severely damaged organs in the body.
An organ can become so damaged through the impact of the crash or from a foreign object penetrating the body that the organ can no longer function properly. If the injured person does not receive immediate medical care, their body will systematically shut down, and they will pass away.
Even after receiving prompt medical treatment that most likely will include surgery, the injured person will be left with a long road to recovery. When organs are severely damaged, they may never fully recover. Organ failure requires intensive medical treatment, so the victim will likely be in ICU for a while, and the ordeal may cause the victim to suffer a debilitating condition for the rest of their lives that can prevent them from working and reduce the quality of life they once enjoyed.
Contact Us for Help After a Construction Accident
When you’ve been injured while working on a construction site, whether as an employee who is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or as a person who was injured through the negligence of another person or company, you’ll be left with a long road of healing from your accident-related injuries. You might have to contend with ongoing therapy and treatment for the accidental injuries that may result in chronic and perhaps disabling conditions. You need the help of an experienced attorney to pursue the compensation you deserve.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our lawyers have more than 100 years of collective experience dealing with people who have suffered internal bleeding, organ failure, and other horrific injuries from construction accidents. To schedule a free consultation concerning your situation and to learn more about what compensation you could hope to recover, call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach us through our contact form. You’ll get a free and confidential case review where we’ll advise you of your best legal options.