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Organ Damage

Seattle Organ Damage Lawyers

Seattle-area attorneys helping clients with internal injury claims

If you or a loved one has experienced organ damage due to someone else's negligence, you are not alone. At Smith McBroom, our Seattle organ damage attorneys understand the profound impact that organ injuries can have on your health, well-being, and overall quality of life. Our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers is here to advocate for your rights and help you navigate the legal complexities associated with organ damage cases.

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What is organ damage?

Organ damage refers to the impairment, injury, or dysfunction of internal organs within the human body. These vital structures, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and spleen, play vital roles in sustaining life and maintaining bodily functions. Organ damage can result from various causes, including traumatic events like car accidents or construction site injuries, medical malpractice, exposure to harmful substances, or defective products.

The consequences of organ damage can range from temporary dysfunction to life-altering conditions, affecting an individual's overall health, quality of life, and, in severe cases, leading to long-term disabilities or fatalities. Organ damage is often considered to be a catastrophic injury.

What types of Seattle accidents can cause organ damage?

Many different types of accidents and incidents can cause organ damage, and most of them are preventable. Smith McBroom helps clients who suffered organ damage in:

Vehicle accidents

  • Car crashes: These are the leading cause of organ damage from accidents, with the force of impact often injuring organs like the liver, spleen, and kidneys.
  • Motorcycle accidents: Due to the lack of protection, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to organ damage in accidents, with the liver, lungs, and spleen being at high risk.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents: Pedestrians and cyclists have little to no protection in collisions, making them susceptible to organ damage, particularly in the abdomen and chest.


  • Falls from heights: Falls from ladders, roofs, or other high places can cause significant trauma to internal organs, especially the liver, spleen, and lungs.
  • Ground-level falls: Even falls from a standing position can injure organs, particularly in older adults or those with weakened bones.

Sports injuries

  • Contact sports: Football, rugby, and other high-impact sports can lead to organ damage, with the liver, spleen, and kidneys being vulnerable to tackles and collisions.
  • Diving accidents: Improper diving technique or hitting the bottom can damage the lungs, heart, and other organs.

Other causes

  • Penetrating injuries: Stab wounds, gunshot wounds, and other penetrating injuries can directly damage internal organs.
  • Crush injuries: Being crushed by heavy objects or machinery can cause organ damage due to internal pressure and trauma.
  • Blast injuries: Explosions can cause internal organ damage from the shock wave and debris.
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What are the symptoms of organ damage?

The symptoms of organ damage can vary widely depending on the specific organ affected and the nature and extent of the injury. Here are some general symptoms associated with organ damage:

  • Pain. Persistent or acute pain in the region of the affected organ is a common symptom. The pain may be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and its intensity can vary.
  • Swelling. Inflammation or swelling may occur as a result of trauma or damage to an organ. Swelling can contribute to pain and discomfort.
  • Changes in urination. Organ damage, especially to the kidneys or bladder, can lead to changes in urination patterns, including blood in the urine, increased frequency, or difficulty urinating.
  • Changes in bowel habits. Damage to organs such as the intestines or colon may result in alterations in bowel habits, including constipation, diarrhea, or blood in the stool.
  • Nausea and vomiting. Organ damage can trigger feelings of nausea and may lead to vomiting. This can be particularly relevant for injuries to the liver, kidneys, or gastrointestinal tract.
  • Difficulty breathing. Damage to the lungs or respiratory system can cause difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or chest pain.
  • Fatigue: Organ damage can lead to fatigue and a general feeling of weakness. This is often associated with decreased organ function and the body's overall response to injury.
  • Changes in skin color. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, may indicate liver damage. Pallor or bluish discoloration of the skin may be associated with cardiovascular or respiratory issues.
  • Irregular heartbeat. Damage to the heart or circulatory system can symptomize as an irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or palpitations.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness. Impaired organ function, especially in the cardiovascular system, can lead to dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Changes in mental function. Organ damage, particularly to the brain or nervous system, may result in changes in mental function, including confusion, memory loss, or difficulty concentrating.

It's important to note that these symptoms can be indicative of various medical conditions, and a healthcare professional should be consulted for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. If organ damage is suspected, seeking prompt medical attention is important, to receive a thorough evaluation and timely intervention.

What are the complications of organ damage?

Complications of organ damage can vary depending on the specific organ affected, the severity of the injury, and the timeliness of medical interventions. One common complication is organ failure, where the affected organ is unable to perform its essential functions adequately. For instance, damage to the kidneys may result in renal failure, impairing the body's ability to filter and excrete waste products, leading to a buildup of toxins in the bloodstream.

Other potential complications include chronic conditions and long-term disabilities. Organ damage, especially if not addressed promptly or effectively, can contribute to the development of chronic diseases. For example, liver damage may progress to chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, impacting overall health and quality of life.

Complications may extend beyond the affected organ, affecting neighboring structures and systems. For instance, damage to the heart can lead to issues with the circulatory system, potentially causing blood clots, heart attacks, or stroke. Similarly, damage to the respiratory system can result in complications such as pneumonia or respiratory failure.

Infections are another concern associated with organ damage. When an organ is compromised, the risk of infection increases. For example, damage to the digestive tract can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, leading to systemic infections.

Psychological and emotional complications are also common, particularly when organ damage results in chronic conditions or disabilities. Individuals may experience anxiety, depression, or stress related to the impact of the injury on their daily lives, relationships, and overall well-being.

Complications of organ damage often necessitate ongoing medical care, rehabilitation, and lifestyle adjustments. Management may include medications, surgical interventions, or organ transplants in severe cases. The overall prognosis depends on factors such as the extent of the damage, the effectiveness of treatment, and the individual's overall health.

Who is liable for my Seattle organ damage claim?

Determining liability for an organ damage claim depends on the specific circumstances surrounding the injury. Liability is typically associated with negligence or wrongful actions that led to the organ damage. Here are some potential scenarios and parties who might be held liable:

  • Medical malpractice. If the organ damage occurred due to medical negligence, such as surgical errors, misdiagnosis, or improper medical care, healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, or the hospital, may be held liable.
  • Car accidents. If the organ damage resulted from a car accident, liability might fall on the at-fault driver. Negligent actions such as reckless driving, speeding, or driving under the influence may contribute to liability.
  • Premises liability. If the injury occurred on someone else's property due to unsafe conditions, the property owner or occupier may be held responsible. This could involve slip and fall accidents or other incidents.
  • Assault or intentional harm. If the organ damage resulted from an intentional act, such as assault or violence, the person responsible for the harm may be held criminally and civilly liable.
  • Unsafe environments. In some cases, liability may extend to entities responsible for maintaining public safety, such as local governments or businesses. For example, if organ damage occurs due to exposure to toxic substances in the environment, those responsible for environmental safety may be held liable.
  • Construction site accidents. If the organ damage is a result of a construction accident, your employer may be held liable, especially if the injury was caused by unsafe working conditions, lack of proper training, or failure to adhere to safety regulations.
  • Product liability. If the organ damage is linked to a defective product, the manufacturer or distributor of the product may be held liable. This could include medical devices, pharmaceuticals, or other consumer products.

You should consult with a personal injury attorney who can assess the specifics of your case. At Smith McBroom in Seattle, our organ damage lawyers can help identify the responsible parties, gather evidence, and guide you through the legal process. The liable party may be required to compensate you for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages associated with your organ injury.

Do you have a Seattle organ damage attorney near me?

Smith McBroom is located at 16400 Southcenter Parkway, Suite #210, Seattle, Washington, 98188. We’re right off I-5 and I-405, near Southcenter Mall. There is a bus stop near our office, and we offer free on-site parking.

Get help today from our Seattle-area organ damage lawyers

If you or a loved one has experienced organ damage due to someone else's negligence, now is the time to seek legal representation. At Smith McBroom, our dedicated team of Seattle organ damage attorneys is ready to be your advocate, fighting tirelessly for the justice and compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call our Tukwila-based offices or fill out our contact form today.