You can sustain many different types of injuries in a motor vehicle crash. Your head, face, arms, neck, legs and spine can be greatly impacted, to cite a few examples. There is another region of the body that can sustain major, even life-threatening, damage as well – your abdomen.
You could injure your abdomen if flung forward because you are not wearing a seat belt. Wearing one gives significant protection, but the pressure from the seat belt can be extreme, and that too could injure your abdomen. You could also injure your abdomen if something punctures your body in the crash.
Why are abdominal injuries so potentially harmful?
You have more delicate organs in your abdominal area than you may realize. Each one performs a highly important and specialized function that allows your body to work properly. Any of them can be damaged in a crash. Some of them are:
Indications of an injury to your abdomen
People may shrug off their abdominal injuries as nothing to worry about or have a doctor look at. However, if you experience stomach discomfort, vomiting or bladder or bowel difficulty after being in a motor vehicle collision, get checked by a healthcare provider quickly.
What if you are suffering from an abdominal injury?
If you were in a crash caused by another driver that resulted in an abdominal injury, you could need surgery, miss time from your job and endure pain. It may be possible to get compensation for what you are going through.