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Liver injuries can be caused by car crashes

When people in Missouri get behind the wheel, they may not expect that their next drive could result in severe, long-lasting injuries to internal organs. However, car accidents can cause major injuries, especially to organs like the liver. Researchers say that wearing a seat belt can lessen the impact of these injuries; however, it cannot completely prevent damage to the liver from taking place in a car crash.

Researchers studied over 50,000 people who had suffered liver injuries as a result of a car accident. People whose liver injuries were severe were twice as likely to lose their lives as those whose injuries were considered mild or moderate. Drivers and passengers who wore seat belts during the crash were less likely overall to suffer a severe injury to the liver and thus more likely to survive. Airbags could further reduce the risk of a severe injury; however, when used without a seat belt, they had no impact on the likelihood of severe damage.

Blunt abdominal trauma, which can result in liver damage, is one of the main types of injuries suffered in car crashes across the country. Each year, over 2 million emergency room visits are registered due to motor vehicle collisions, and some estimate that over $1 trillion in healthcare is spent on injuries resulting from crashes. The liver and spleen are the most commonly injured internal organs, and while the spleen can safely be removed if necessary, the liver must remain.

While wearing a seat belt can reduce the likelihood of a severe liver injury by 21 percent, it cannot prevent a negligent or dangerous driver from causing a catastrophic car accident on the road. People who have been injured in a car crash may choose to work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for the damages they have suffered, including costly medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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