If you were injured in a car crash due to the negligence of another, you may be eligible for legal recourse.Contact a Georgia auto accident attorney to discuss your legal options.
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Symptoms of Seat Belt Injuries
Seat belt injuries may not be apparent after an accident. Symptoms of seat belt injuries may not appear for several days after a crash. You may have a seat belt injury, if you experience any of the symptoms below:
Pressure from a lap belt can cause internal organs to become compressed, causing damage to the urinary tract or bladder. Blood in urine or stools can be sign of bladder or urinary tract damage. Seat belt trauma can cause endometriosis or colon obstruction, according to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Symptoms of these ailments include bleeding and constipation. Auto accidents victims should consult with a medical professional if they experience any of these symptoms.
Weakness to the lower extremities can be the result of lower back or abdomen damage. Victims may experience weakness in one or both legs. General weakness or dizziness can also be a sign of internal damage from a seat belt injury.
Occasionally, passengers will suffer damage to their chest from the seat belt force. Damage to the lungs, chest or heart can make it difficult for the accident victim to breathe.
Whiplash injuries are a common type of seat belt injury. Whiplash can cause increasing stiffness to the neck and can also be an indicator of a spinal cord injury.
Seat belts can also damage the kidneys in a car wreck. Pain between the hips and ribs can be a sign of kidney damage. It’s imperative for patients to receive immediate treatment for kidney damage. If the injury goes untreated it can cause delayed bleeding, infections and organ failure.
Common Seat Belt injuries
While seat belts are meant to restrain drivers and passengers, they sometimes contribute to the severity of a seat belt injury. Common seat belt injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Internal Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Brain Damage
If you or a loved one has sustained a seat belt injury in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact a Savannah auto accident attorney to explore your legal options. An experienced lawyer can determine if you’re eligible to file a seat belt injury lawsuit.
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