The spleen is an organ found in the upper left of the abdomen, behind your left ribs and stomach. The spleen controls the level of white blood cells and platelets as well as fighting germs in the blood.
Blunt trauma is the most common cause of spleen injury compensation claim.
Common accident circumstances that may result in a spleen injury
It is also possible for complications to arise following misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of an illness or injury to the spleen and as such medical negligence can also be a common cause of spleen compensation claims.
Failure to identify an issue with the spleen on occasions can result in a hypoxic ischaemic brain injury.
Types of spleen injury
There are three main types of a spleen injury.
- Spleen Contusion – which is bruising
- Enlarged spleen – caused by swelling
- Ruptured spleen – surface tear or laceration usually requiring surgery
Symptoms of spleen injury
The symptoms of a spleen injury can include:
- pain behind the ribs
- rapid heart rate
- feeling full after eating
- pain in the left side of the abdomen
- low blood pressure
Impact of a spleen injury
If you have suffered a torn spleen, the aftermath of the accident may change your life forever as there can be ongoing complications. If you have to have your spleen removed (splenectomy, which is usually carried out by keyhole surgery) you are going to experience a high risk of infection for the rest of your life as your immune system will be compromised.
If you have suffered an injury to your spleen caused by a negligent or criminal act and would like advice on making a spleen injury compensation claim, please call our Personal Injury (PI) lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no obligation chat. Alternatively, you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.