Simien & Simien, LLC

CALL US TOLL FREE

(800) 374-8422

Click To Call
Update: Simien & Simien is open and we are here to help you as we know your needs do not stop. The firm is currently open and operating. In light of current public health concerns, please know that we are following all health guidelines to protect both our team and our clients. We are offering virtual meetings by request.

Did you lose your spleen as the result of a car accident?

No one can predict what someone will endure during a car accident. Some people may go through accidents that seem horrific due to the crunched metal and multiple vehicles involved but are fortunate enough to walk away without injuries. Other individuals may suffer severe injuries that need emergency medical care. Unfortunately, you fell into the latter category.

Though you have always done your best to drive safely, you could not avoid the accident that led to your recent internal injury. Another driver may have allowed distraction or recklessness to cloud his or her good judgment and, as a result, caused an accident that left you seriously injured. Now, you have to determine how to move forward.

Emergency attention

After the accident, you may have immediately known something was wrong. You may have felt dizzy and nauseous or possibly even like you would faint. At first, you may have thought those feelings stemmed from the shock of the accident itself, but you then also noticed pain in your abdomen on the left side under your rib cage or maybe even pain in your left shoulder. 

You may not have known it at the time, but the accident caused you to suffer damage to your spleen and caused internal bleeding. A drop in blood pressure from that bleeding may have caused your feelings of dizziness and lightheadedness. Emergency medical personnel likely took precautions and transported you to the emergency room right away.

Diagnosis and surgery

In order to properly determine your injury, medical professionals may have conducted a CT scan, MRI or ultrasound of the area. After making the diagnosis, doctors may have told you that you needed emergency surgery in order to remove your spleen. You may have certainly felt panicked at the thought of losing an organ, but doctors may have reassured you that you can live without your spleen. As a result, you went under the knife and had your spleen removed.

Aftermath

Though removing your spleen likely saved your life or at least prevented further harm, it does not mean that you will not experience lasting effects. Because you no longer have a spleen to provide protection from infections, you face a greater risk of life-threatening complications if you do contract an infection, and you will face this risk for the rest of your life. As a result, you may need to make changes in your life to be more cautious and avoid unnecessary exposure to bacteria.

Because suffering a ruptured spleen is a life-changing injury, you may face numerous hardships as you adjust. On top of that, you will likely have significant medical bills to address relating to your emergency surgery and follow-up care. Because the injury-causing accident was caused by another driver, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against that driver in order to seek compensation for damages permitted under Louisiana law.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
FindLaw Network
EMAIL US FOR A RESPONSE

Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

If you are looking for a law firm that has knowledge and experience, you will find it with Simien & Simien, LLC.

Free Case Evaluation

OUR OFFICES

Baton Rouge
7908 Wrenwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Phone: 225-224-2222
Fax: 225-932-9286
Map & Directions

Lake Charles
Capital One Tower
Suite 1270
One Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70629

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Phone: 337-436-2121
Map & Directions

New Iberia
424 West Main St
New Iberia, LA 70560

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Phone: 337-551-4242
Map & Directions

Houston Office
3730 Kirby Drive
Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77098

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Map & Directions

New Orleans Office
1615 Poydras Street
Suite 900
New Orleans, LA 70112

Toll Free: 800-374-8422
Map & Directions

Nationwide (800) 374-8422