Blunt Force Trauma Injury
Helping Clients with Blunt Force Wounds
Injuries from blunt force trauma are received from the impact of a heavy
object colliding with a section of the human body. The trauma is only
considered a blunt force wound if the object that causes the trauma stays
outside of the body. If the object enters the body, it is then considered
to be a stab or pierce wound.
The actual impact of the object on the body is what is considered blunt
force trauma, but these injuries can result in other conditions such as:
- Internal Injuries
When a worker receives a blunt force injury, it is likely the result of
falling off of an elevated position, such as scaffolding or ladders. Blunt
force trauma may also be the result of getting hit or struck by a heavy
object, such as drivable workplace machinery, falling equipment or materials, etc.
Types of Blunt Force Trauma Injuries
Head Injury: Many blunt force injuries involve the skull or head. Usually, construction
workers and miners are at-risk for head injury due to the various elevated
platforms in and around buildings. One hammer falling four or five stories
can do serious harm to an individual unfortunate enough to be struck at
the bottom. As work in these environments is often fast-paced, safety
regulations are at times forfeited for the sake of time. This can lead
to hazardous workplace environments where workers are prone to blunt force trauma.
Brain Injury: A blunt force trauma injury to the head may lead to a
brain injury. Although brain injuries are extremely dangerous, not all brain injuries
show serious symptoms. At times, the only visible effect of brain trauma
may be swelling or discoloration of the affected area, but these symptoms
can hint at deadly injuries underneath the surface. When the head is struck
by blunt force, the brain can "rock" back and forth inside the
skull. In some cases, this “rocking” can be more dangerous
than the blunt force trauma itself. When the brain is shaken inside the
skull, it can result in the brain tearing sensitive nerve fibers. The
damage to these fibers can cause loss of brain function in varying degrees.
In mild cases, the patient may have short-term memory issues for some
time. In moderate cases, epilepsy may be triggered, causing the injured
to have onset seizures from outside stimuli. In severe cases, the patient
could require rehabilitative therapy.
Eye Injury: The eye is an extremely delicate organ that is susceptible to numerous
workplace hazards. Many workplace
eye injuries are a result of trauma to the eye socket or eye bone. A “black eye”
is a signifier that an eye has sustained moderate damage from a blunt
force impact, but in most cases black eyes are not a reason to visit a
medical professional. However, if the socket is broken or fractured, then
a visit to the doctor will result in surgery on the socket as broken bone
fragments may need to be removed or realigned.
Injury to the Abdomen: Abdominal blunt force trauma is similar to the trauma that an individual
receives in an automobile accident. Blunt force trauma to the abdomen
can cause significant damage to internal organs such as the spleen, liver,
stomach, and intestines.
These injuries are similar to brain injuries in that the superficial appearance
of the injury may not indicate the real amount of damage done to the internal
organs. This is why it is critical that those who are hit by a blunt force
in the abdomen or head immediately seek hospital care. A patient may feel
completely fine, but end up having grievous internal injuries that require
prompt medical attention.
Protecting Victims of Blunt Force Trauma
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we recognize the stress associated with filing a
workplace injury claim. These injuries are no simple matter and, without the assistance
of a knowledgeable industrial injury lawyer, it can be difficult to know
what to do. For this reason we encourage you to give our firm a call as
soon as possible. With an extensive understanding of
personal injury law, we have been able to recover billions of dollars for clients who have
been injured while on the job. You can rest assured knowing that by filing
with our legal team you will have an advocate who will go the distance
for your claim.
At Arnold & Itkin, you only pay if you are compensated for your injury.
Call to have your injury claim evaluated for free!