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Can You Rupture Your Spleen in a Car Accident?

Published March 16, 2017 by Bruce Millar
Can You Rupture Your Spleen in a Car Accident?

What can you expect from a car accident? Nothing good. The first question you ask when you learn about a crash involving a friend or loved one is, “Was anyone hurt?”

Simply put, humans are not designed for high-speed collisions of tons of metal. The results often are horrific, with the five most common results being soft-tissue damage, scrapes and cuts, head injuries, chest injuries, and arm and leg injuries.

If your answer to the common post-crash question is, “A car accident caused my spleen to rupture,” you aren’t alone. It is an injury many car accident victims suffer.

A Ruptured Spleen Can be Caused by A Car Crash

The spleen is an apple-sized organ located in the abdominal area.  It helps fight infection. Symptoms of a rupture include pain in the upper-left abdomen and/or shoulder, as well as pain when the area is touched. Being confused, lightheaded, or dizzy are common complaints.

Blunt trauma to the chest or punctures from car crashes are among the most common causes of spleen ruptures. Death is possible, but the results typically range from the body healing itself completely to loss of the organ and a lifelong susceptibility to infections.

What to Expect from a Damaged or Injured Spleen after a Collision

Some things that are done to diagnose spleen damage:

  • A Doctor may use external pressure to test the area for tenderness and gauge whether the organ is enlarged.
  • Blood tests can show injury to the spleen.
  • Tests such as MRI or CT can be done.

Once the rupture is diagnosed, the severity of the injury dictates the treatment, which can range from a stay in the hospital for monitoring to emergency surgery.

  • Sometimes, a person can heal with rest and time and without surgery. A hospital stay often results, and blood transfusions are a possibility.
  • After the initial treatment and healing, periodic checks such as CT scans can be used to monitor the healing process.
  • Sometimes surgery is necessary. This can include surgery to repair the rupture or to remove part or all of the organ.

The mortality rate for spleen ruptures is low, but death can occur through loss of blood.

Costly Effects of a Ruptured Spleen

Treatment for a ruptured spleen is tailored to the individual. However, you can expect it to be costly. Apart from the initial emergency care costs, you could be facing surgical expenses, medication bills, and costly follow-up visits.

Of course, you are likely suffering other damages from your car accident, as well, such as missed time from work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that crash injuries in 2012 would cost victims $33 billion in wages.

The Millar Law Firm Can Help if You’ve Injured Your Spleen in a Car Accident

If you have had to deal with the results of a ruptured spleen after a car accident in Georgia, our team of attorneys here at The Millar Firm can help. Since 1993, the firm’s skilled car accident attorneys have been fighting for the rights of people who were severely injured in automobile accidents.

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