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Liver injuries may increase risk of death in an accident

New York drivers and passengers are encouraged to wear their seat belts at all times even if their vehicles have air bags. This is because individuals who wear one can reduce the odds of experiencing a severe liver injury in an accident by 21 percent. In a study of 51,202 car accident cases, 15 percent of patients had a severe liver injury. Of those patients, 15 percent died as opposed to just 8 percent who had a minor or moderate liver injury.

Liver injuries were either defined as low-grade or severe for purposes of the study. Examples of low-grade injuries include clots or other issues that didn't require surgery while severe injuries included those that resulted in significant bleeding. Among patients who were labeled as experiencing severe liver injuries, 14 percent required surgery compared to just 5 percent of those with less significant injuries.

The researchers found that those in less serious condition had complications in 15 percent of surgeries compared to 21 percent for those in a dire condition. Each year, car crashes account for 2 million trips to the emergency room in the United States, and they come with a cost of about $1 trillion. According to the chief of trauma at Harborview Medical Center, injuries to the spleen and liver are among the most common in car accidents.

Those who are hurt in an auto accident may spend weeks or months recovering in a hospital or in other settings. It may be possible for those have been injured by a negligent driver to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future earnings. An attorney may be able to help a person obtain a favorable outcome in a case through a formal trial or a negotiated settlement.

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