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Stomach Injuries Following Car Accidents

Stomach Injuries Following Car Accidents — Car accidents are a risk whenever someone gets behind the wheel. However, some accidents are more serious than others. When one of the injured individuals is a child, the stakes are significantly higher. According to an article published in the New York Times:

  • The most common reason why a child under the age of 15 is killed is a car accident.
  • Between the 2010 and 2014, about 11 children per week were killed in car accidents.
  • Close to half of children who die in a car accident were not properly restrained.

It is important for caregivers to make sure that children are properly restrained every time. It only takes a second for a car accident to occur and the consequences could be catastrophic.

A Case Report: Stomach Loss in a Child Following an Auto Accident

A case report was recently published describing a young girl who was involved in an auto accident and sustained a serious injury. She was riding in a car with her parents when their car collided with the car in front of them. She was wearing a seat belt. However, she was not tall enough to ride in a standard seat yet. Therefore, the shoulder belt did not restrain her from flying forward. She suffered a hyperflexion injury of her spine as her head flew forward against her knees. When EMS arrived, she was complaining of significant back and abdominal pain. The abdominal pain was initially just attributed to referred pain from the back. However, she had a large bruise on her abdomen by the time she arrived at the hospital. An ultrasound scan showed a ruptured stomach. This, along with the vertebral fractures, made her case an emergency. She was transported to an operating room where her stomach was actually removed because the tear was so severe. Her esophagus was instead connected directly to her intestines. The child had to re-learn how to eat and is forced to eat multiple, small meals without a stomach to handle standard amounts of food at once.

Help from a Lawyer

The case above highlights just how dangerous car accidents can be and the importance of making sure that children are provided with the appropriate seating for their age. Children should be in booster seats until they reach four-feet-nine-inches, which is typically around 8-12 years of age. Furthermore, when parents have their child in a hospital, this can be a stressful experience. It is understandable for parents to have questions and meeting with a car accident lawyer in Sacramento can be helpful. The case should be reviewed by a trained professional to ensure that no details have been overlooked. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help because you and your family could be entitled to financial compensation.

Watch YouTube Video: Child Passenger Safety – 6 Step Test. This video provides five safety tests on how to determine when your child is ready to ride in a car without a booster seat.

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I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento car accident lawyer. The resection of the stomach can lead to significant quality of life issues. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident, call me at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly legal advice.

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