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Blunt force trauma is classified as an injury itself; however, the trauma can lead to other conditions such as concussions, contusions, fractures, or damage to internal organs. Blunt force trauma injuries are those caused to a specific part of the body through the strong force of impact of a heavy object. These blunt force injuries are different from penetrating injuries where an object enters the body. In the workplace, a blunt force trauma injury can occur during a fall from a high position, like scaffolding at a construction site, or as a result of being struck by a heavy object.

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Types of Blunt Force Trauma Injuries

Many blunt force trauma injuries involve the head region. This could happen because of a fall or because of being struck by an object. Common situations where blunt force trauma to the head could occur are construction sites and mines where there is a risk of collapse. A blunt force trauma injury to the head may lead to brain injury. Signs of brain injury may not be visible immediately after the accident; some swelling or bruising may be the only signs that a brain injury has occurred. When the head is subjected to a blunt force trauma, the brain can “rock” back and forth inside the skull, tearing away at sensitive nerve fibers. The damage to these nerve fibers can cause a loss of brain function to some extent.

  • In mild cases, there may be forgetfulness after a blunt force trauma.
  • In moderate head injuries, epilepsy may be triggered by blunt force trauma.
  • In severe cases, blunt force trauma to the head can cause long term brain injuries that require rehabilitative therapy.

The eye is one of the most delicate organs of the human body and is subjected to many hazards by blunt force trauma. Many eye injuries occur as a result of blunt force trauma to a socket or eye bone. A simple form of blunt force trauma to the eye may be seen in a “black eye” that may not signify long-term damage. However, if the socket gets broken or fractured, then more serious measures are needed to fix the problem, including surgery to remove any shattered bone fragments resulting from the blunt force trauma.

Abdominal blunt force trauma is similar to the sort of trauma seen in motor vehicle accidents. A blunt force trauma to the abdomen can cause damage to the liver and spleen; it can trigger renal failure. There may also be damage to the small intestine that can have long-term implications after blunt force trauma.

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What are the most common causes of blunt force trauma?

Blunt force trauma may occur any time something comes into forceful contact with the body without penetrating or piercing the skin. Trauma is the sixth leading cause of death worldwide and is the leading cause of death for patients under the age of 35.

Some of the leading causes of blunt force trauma include:

When blunt force trauma is caused by negligence, carelessness, or any type of wrongdoing, the at-fault party can be brought to justice in civil court and held responsible for the victim’s injuries.

How do I know if I have a lawsuit?

You could have a lawsuit against the person or company responsible for your injuries, but every case is different. Instead of trying to deal with the insurance company or find answers on your own, get insight from a legal professional who knows which laws may apply to your situation. Some blunt force trauma occurs at work and may be covered by workers’ compensation. In other situations, like auto accidents, the other driver’s insurance policy should cover your injuries. Sometimes it is large companies like manufacturers or distributors who are responsible. To find out if you have a case, contact our team at Arnold & Itkin for a free, confidential consultation.

Why should I work with an attorney after experiencing blunt force trauma?

At a time when you’re already injured and trying to cope with treatment, mounting medical bills, and an inability to work or take care of yourself, the last thing you need is to face large companies who care more about their profits than your well-being. You need someone who’s on your side, ready to offer you support and take on the at-fault party and their insurance company to get you the money you need to move on with your life. A skilled attorney can do all of that for you, while you focus on healing and putting your life back together. And the best part is that our firm handles blunt force trauma cases on contingency. You don’t pay any upfront costs and pay no legal fees at all unless we win.

Have you suffered blunt force trauma? Our attorneys are ready to fight for justice and your future. Call (888) 493-1629 to learn how we change lives for the better.

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