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Posted 10/01/2017

Blunt Splenic Trauma Due to a Car Accident

Blunt Splenic Trauma Due to a Car Accident

Blunt splenic trauma, also known as a ruptured spleen, is an injury commonly tied to car accidents. A direct blow to the abdomen can cause your spleen to rupture or sustain severe damage, potentially causing serious internal bleeding and complications.

What Is the Spleen?

Located under the left side of your rib cage, the spleen is a small organ that aids with cleansing your blood and helps your body’s immune system by way of several important functions, including the following:

  • Removes abnormal and old red blood cells from the blood 

  • Stores blood platelets ready to help with clotting, which can stop severe bleeding

  • Produces immune cells and antibodies 

  • Removes foreign bodies from blood circulation, including bacteria and viruses 

  • Recycles the oxygen-carrying protein called hemoglobin in red blood cells

Blunt Splenic Injury Is Common in Car Accidents

When you suffer significant force on your back or the left side of your body in a car accident, blunt splenic injury can occur. Trauma can be the result of direct or indirect force. 

Direct force is when your rib is hit and punctures your spleen, causing severe bleeding. Indirect force is when the impact of the accident causes blunt force to the surrounding area, damaging your spleen.

How Serious Is a Ruptured Spleen?

As with all car accident injuries, the seriousness of your spleen injury depends on the degree of damage your spleen has suffered. Doctors may be able to save your spleen or may have to remove it from your body if the damage is severe or life-threatening

Fortunately, you can do without a spleen, but you will be more susceptible to certain diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis, and influenza. To avoid complications, getting vaccinated regularly is important.

We Help Trauma Victims in San Jose

If you have suffered a ruptured spleen due to the negligence of another party in a car accident, contact a San Jose car accident lawyer at Bohn & Fletcher, LLP today to learn how we can help you secure the financial compensation you are entitled to. Call 408-279-4222 or contact us online to arrange your free consultation.

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