Can you get a bladder injury during a West Virginia car crash?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2023 | Car Accident Injuries |

If you’ve been injured in a West Virginia car crash, you might want to seek compensation for your personal injury. Common car accident injuries include brain trauma, head injuries, broken bones and damage to the spine. There are also bladder injuries that can result from a car crash.

The bladder

When most think of car accident injuries, the bladder is one that usually never comes to mind. However, bladder injuries do occur and are often as serious as injuries to other body parts.

A sharp blow from a foreign object can pierce a bladder during a car crash. And according to the Journal of Acute Medicine, a seatbelt can cause a bladder rupture if the seatbelt is tight enough around the abdomen. Also, the pressure of being wedged between a seat and the steering wheel can crush the bladder.

The spine

An injury to the spine can also cause bladder damage. Most people associate the spine with back injuries. But if the spine is out of alignment during an auto accident, bladder problems can also occur.

A misaligned spine can result in incontinence. This condition makes it difficult for a person to hold their urine. Laughing, sneezing, coughing or doing physical activity might cause urine to leak from the bladder. In addition to leaking urine, incontinence can cause pressure or pain in the lower back or pelvis.

According to the Urology Care Foundation, it might take up to 10 days or longer for a bladder to heal. If you have a bladder injury, your healthcare provider can provide information on recovery time.