When the minivan collided with you on US 17, you suffered from a variety of injuries, including broken bones, lacerations, a head injury, and trauma to your abdomen. After you were rushed to Florida Hospital, the doctors decided the damage to your spleen was too severe, and you needed surgery to remove it.
Risk and Complications From Having a Splenectomy
Although many people have this surgery and never experience complications, a variety of different problems can occur during the surgery and afterwards, including:
- A hernia at the incision site
- A collection of pus under the diaphragm
- A collapsed lung
- Damage to the organs near the spleen, including the stomach, pancreas, and colon
- Blood clots that form in the vein that carries blood to the liver
- An internal infection
- A heart attack or stroke
- Blood loss during the surgery
- Breathing difficulties or an allergic reaction from the anesthesia
Long-Term Risks Associated With Spleen Removal
The spleen is an important part of your immune system, and it also filters out old and damaged blood cells from your body. When you don’t have your spleen to protect and support your immune system, you are prone to developing illnesses and life-threatening infections. As a result, your doctor may place you on preventative antibiotics to reduce the chances of getting sick. Additionally, you should also receive a pneumonia shot and yearly flu vaccines.
We Are Here to Help You
It’s possible that your vehicle was totaled when you were involved in such a serious crash. It’s also possible that you’ll incur thousands of dollars in medical expenses. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to pay for the fees.
The attorneys at Johnson and Gilbert have helped many accident victims in Volusia County receive the compensation they were entitled to, and we may be able to do the same for you. Contact us today at 800.556.8890 to find out how.