What Vital Organs Can Suffer Damage from a Personal Injury Accident?


  • Damage to the brain during a personal injury accident can lead to a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion, contusion, or coup-contrecoup brain injury
  • Penetrating trauma can pierce the heart and cause wrongful death
  • Blunt-force trauma can damage the lungs and make it harder for someone to breathe
  • Liver damage during a personal injury accident can cause internal bleeding and sepsis

During the impact of a personal injury accident, blunt-force trauma can damage vital organs that are essential for your body to operate correctly. Significant damage to vital organs, such as the brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidney, and spleen, can lead to severe health consequences that can cause pain and suffering and possibly wrongful death.

Car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle, and slip and fall accidents can all cause internal damage that affects vital organs. Those who suffer organ damage because of a personal injury accident can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. They can hold them accountable for their negligence that caused life-threatening health consequences.

Personal Injury Accidents Can Damage the Brain

One vital organ that can suffer damage from a personal injury accident is the brain. A blow to the head from a physical impact during a personal injury accident can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This type of injury can affect how the brain works, leading to issues with memory, concentration, decision-making, problem-solving, and more.

Some symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include severe headaches, memory loss, slurred speech, vision loss, seizures, and nausea. A personal injury accident can cause a concussion, diffuse axonal brain injury, or coup-contrecoup brain injury through damage to the brain that can affect someone cognitively in the short and long term.

Damage to the Heart from a Personal Injury Accident Can Lead to Wrongful Death

Personal injury accidents can also cause damage to the heart. During the impact of a motor vehicle collision, the chest area can suffer direct bodily harm and can lead to a heart attack. Physical impact during a personal injury accident can puncture or tear the heart, leading to life-threatening consequences.

Common examples of heart injuries caused by a personal injury accident include aortic rupture, heart contusions, aortic dissection, and cardiac rupture. The severe impact of heart damage can lead to wrongful death, as a heart that stops working cannot pump blood through the body that someone needs to live.

Lung Damage Caused by a Personal Injury Accident

Blunt-force trauma from a personal injury accident can damage the lungs. Someone can suffer from two types of lung injuries: a punctured lung or a collapsed lung.

A punctured lung occurs when a sharp object penetrates the lung. This can happen in an accident like a car collision when shattered glass pierces the body and affects the lungs. A collapsed lung is when lung damage leads to air escaping, filling the space between the lung and the chest wall.

Lung damage from a personal injury accident can affect a person’s ability to breathe. People can suffer from minor shortness of breath or severe suffocation depending on how much damage the lungs sustain during the personal injury accident.

How Can Liver Damage from a Personal Injury Accident Affect Your Health?

Direct trauma during a personal injury accident can damage the liver and lead to fatigue, nausea, and swelling. Damage from a personal injury accident can lacerate, rupture, or shear the liver, possibly causing internal bleeding.

If your liver is ruptured, acidic bile may leak into the vital organ and cause sepsis, which is an infection that can reduce organ functionality. Victims of personal injury accidents should go to the hospital to receive medical treatment, preventing liver damage from causing life-threatening impact.

Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Personal Injury Claim

At The Russo Firm, our personal injury lawyers can help you pursue compensation for internal injuries that cause significant damage. We understand the life-threatening impact that can result from organ damage caused by the at-fault party’s negligence.

Our personal injury attorneys wish to help you pursue financial recovery by crafting a personalized legal counsel plan that accounts for the specifics of your case. Contact us for a free consultation today at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.

Frequently Asked Questions About Organ Damage from Personal Injury Accidents

What Personal Injury Accidents Can Cause Organ Damage?

Organ damages can result from a personal injury accident when someone suffers blunt-force or penetrating trauma. The impact of an accident can cause internal damage that can affect vital organs and lead to adverse health consequences. Any personal injury accident that involves physical trauma can cause vital organ damage.

The following are some personal injury accidents that can cause organ damage:

What Damages Can You Suffer From Organ Damage?

Personal injury victims who suffer from organ damage can also experience damages in the form of economic and non-economic losses. They can file a personal injury claim to pursue fair compensation for damages affecting their health, finances, and quality of life.

Economic damages from a personal injury accident can lead to financial losses. Non-economic damages are intangible losses that do not have a monetary value but can lead to negative effects on someone’s mental health, ability to maintain relationships, and quality of life.

The following are some damages you could pursue compensation for vital organ damage:

Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After Suffering Organ Damage?

After suffering vital organ damage from a personal injury accident, a victim can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance provider. They can hold the liable party accountable for their negligence that caused severe internal damage. Plaintiffs should hire personal injury lawyers to help with the process of pursuing compensation for damages.

An experienced personal injury attorney will have expertise in handling the steps involved in the personal injury claim process. They can inform the claim process and help put you in the best position to recover fair compensation. Some ways they can help include assessing damages, determining liability, gathering evidence, filing paperwork, and negotiating a settlement.

Article written or reviewed by:

Attorney Anthony Russo

Attorney Anthony Russo

Managing Partner and Lawyer at The Russo Firm

No-Cost Case Evaluation