Internal Injury Medical Assistance For Injured Dallas Workers & Federal Employees
When discussing worker injuries, most of the focus is dedicated to musculoskeletal health conditions, such as back injuries, neck injuries, hand injuries, knee injuries, and foot injuries. However, not all on-the-job injuries have to do with muscle tissue and bones. In fact, internal injuries and internal bleeding are somewhat common medical conditions that arise from work accidents, including falls and motor vehicle accidents. In many cases, especially serious ones, internal injuries take place in addition to musculoskeletal issues.
At Work Injury MD, our Dallas clinic does much more than offer diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. With a board-certified doctor on staff, we help injured workers and federal employees with a range of health complaints, including acute, short-term care for internal injuries.
In the past, we have helped employees with the treatment of their internal injuries including:
- Postal workers
- Construction workers
- Office workers and clerks
- Jail and prison workers
- TSA employees
- Registered nurses
- Forest service employees
- Compliance officers
If you have had difficulty finding solutions to your work-related health problems, we want to hear from you. If you would like to get a second opinion regarding your work injury, we want to hear from you. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with our doctor, we want to hear from you.
Common Types Of Internal Injuries Among Workers & Federal Employees
An internal injury is any injury in which the body cavity or abdomen of a person is harmed below the surface. The most common types of internal injuries include:
- Internal bleeding. Internal bleeding takes place when an artery or vein inside a person is damaged, causing bleeding inside of a person’s body, such as in their head, chest, and abdomen. Although the blood does not leave the body, it does leave the circulatory system and can be extremely dangerous and deadly if not treated immediately.
- Ruptured spleen. Your spleen filters your blood and fights infection. When it is ruptured in an accident, blood from the organ spills into the abdominal cavity, causing dangerous blood loss. Those who have a ruptured spleen may need blood transfusions and surgery to remove the spleen.
- Kidney injury. The kidneys are vital organs that filter waste from the blood. An acute kidney injury from blunt force trauma or penetration can damage or tear the organ, causing pain, bleeding, and possible organ failure. Surgery may be needed to repair or remove the kidney. Those with renal contusions (a bruised kidney) may need 6-8 weeks to recover, while those who suffer renal failure as a result of their trauma may need up to a year to recover.
- Liver injury. Also known as a liver laceration, liver trauma is one of the most common abdominal injuries due to the size and placement of the large organ. A liver injury is treated through blood transfusions, monitoring, and rest, though the most severe cases may require surgery.
- Broken ribs. More than three million Americans suffer a broken rib each year – an injury that can be both painful and debilitating. Treated with pain relievers and rest, broken ribs can be caused by car accidents and falls, and even rarely by repetitive motions. Broken ribs can sideline laborers and can take 1-3 months to completely heal, depending on the case.
- Abdominal injuries. Injuries involving the “hollow organs” like the stomach, small intestine, colon, ureters, or bladder are grouped into a category of abdominal injuries. Cuts and tears to any of these organs can cause pain and dangerous bleeding and may need to be corrected with surgery.
All of these injuries require workers to seek medical attention and miss work, whether they have a job that involves physical labor or an office job. All of these injuries also require significant rest and recovery.
The Top Causes Of Workplace Internal Injuries
Unlike many other work injuries, which are often related to overuse and repetitive movements, internal injuries are almost always caused by an isolated, acute accident or event. In order to do internal damage, these accidents and incidents often must involve a significant amount of force. The four most common cases of internal injuries and internal bleeding in the workplace are:
- Car accidents. Even if a worker is wearing a seatbelt, and even if the car is not traveling at a high rate of speed, traffic accidents can result in serious internal injuries. Whether you are driving a car that collides with another object or are a pedestrian struck by a vehicle, these incidents can cause multiple injuries to the trunk and abdomen.
- Falls. A fall from any great height can cause internal injuries and bleeding as the fall victim strikes the ground at the force of gravity. Falls are most common among those who work in construction, though these accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, such as an office worker falling down a staircase or a factory worker falling from a platform.
- Blunt force trauma. Blunt force trauma is an umbrella term for any injury caused by an object striking the body. Blunt force trauma could be the result of a car accident or a physical assault. Blunt force trauma can lead to broken ribs, ruptured organs, and general abdominal bleeding.
- Penetration. If a person is penetrated through the torso or abdomen with an object, he or she will have obvious internal injuries. This cause of injury is more rare than the ones above, but just as (if not more) serious. This type of injury is most common in car accidents and industrial/factory accidents.
It is important to note that although on-the-job internal injuries are most often sustained by construction workers, industrial workers, and laborers, any employee, including office workers, could suffer an internal injury at work. It is also important to note that many injury victims often incur more than one internal injury at a time; for example, a person may suffer from both internal bleeding, a spleen rupture, and kidney damage from the same accident involving blunt force trauma.
The Red Flags Of An On-The-Job Internal Injury
Internal injuries can result in large volumes of blood loss even if no outward bleeding is apparent. In addition, damaged organs can quickly lead to complications that are fatal. For these two reasons, it is vital to recognize the signs and symptoms of internal bleeding and abdominal injuries so that you can seek medical assistance as needed.
The most common signs and symptoms of internal injuries include:
- Abdominal pain or tenderness.
- Abdominal rigidness or bruising.
- Left arm and shoulder pain (spleen injury).
- Blood in the urine.
- Cold and clammy skin.
- Racing heart/rapid pulse.
- Rapid breathing.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Loss of consciousness.
Any combination of these red flags should be taken seriously and dealt with as soon as possible. Proceed by getting the accident victim to an emergency room immediately, either by transporting them or calling an ambulance.
Internal Injury Treatment & Recovery
Internal injuries are extremely serious matters that could lead to life-threatening blood loss, as well as life-threatening organ failure. They also may take time and patience to recover: Weeks or months of rest while your organs heal and your body finds its strength again. In some cases of severe injury, patients may require surgery, either to remove organs with extreme ruptures or to repair damages in the chest or abdomen. Throughout the process of recovery, patients will need thoughtful and careful pain management. After their initial treatment, they may need help with chronic pain or other chronic health conditions related to their initial injury.
Knowing when to go back to work after an internal injury can be difficult. Unlike musculoskeletal injuries, it is sometimes not clear when recovery is complete. It is also sometimes not clear whether a worker can return to their normal tasks or not. It is vital to work with your doctor closely throughout your treatment and recovery to determine the healthiest choices for you.
Work Injury MD: Providing Compassionate Care For Workers With Internal Injuries
At Work Injury MD, we specialize in caring for Texas workers and Federal employees. We are familiar with worker injuries, familiar with the workers’ compensation processes (at both the state and federal level), and familiar with what workers go through when they get hurt on the job.
At Work Injury MD, we are a full-range clinic that offers what you need to get well and be pain-free. We have experience working with patients who have struggled with chronic pain without being able to get it in control. We put extensive care and thought into our diagnoses, tests, and treatments. And if we can’t help you with your specific needs, we can find you a specialist who can.
Getting injured on the job can be overwhelming, scary, painful, and stressful. We are here to make all medical aspects of your injury easier, from getting to the bottom of your health condition to finding the treatment or treatments that are right for you, your job, and your life.
To schedule a consultation, or to learn more about our medical services, please call our team today.