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Urethral Injuries from Car Accidents

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents, Personal Injury


We frequently hear about head, spine, or back injuries resulting from an auto accident. However, severe collisions also increase the risk of damage to internal organs, and the devastating outcomes might only manifest well after the incident occurred. For instance, victims who suffer pelvic trauma or lateral compression from a head-on crash, bicycle collision, or rollover accident are prone to increased risk of urethral injuries.

Medical studies have shown that “urethral injury is a common complication of pelvic trauma,” and almost a quarter of adults experience related issues after a pelvic injury. Causes often involve blunt force trauma to the pelvis or abdomen (e.g. when your lower body is smashed against the steering wheel in a car accident). A fracture can lead to bladder rupture, internal bleeding, and, over time, hematomas, which can seriously impair urethral function. In a small number of cases, an impact to a full bladder will cause urine to leak into the abdomen, potentially leading to infection in the abdominal membrane known as peritonitis.

Symptoms of Urethral Injury

If you suspect urethral damage after a road accident, you should consult a doctor immediately. Symptoms of a possible urethral injury include:

  • Pain in your lower abdomen or pelvis
  • Bloody urine or discharge
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Loss of fluids
  • Painful urination
  • Weak urine stream
  • Inability to empty bladder

Fortunately, a urethral injury on its own is seldom life-threatening, but if left untreated it can result in permanent impairments. It is recommended that patients with one or more clinical signs undergo further testing. You may need an x-rays, urethrography, or a pelvic exam to assess the extent of internal injuries. In some instances, you might require emergency surgery to repair the damage and drain urine from the abdominal cavity if there is inflammation.

Compensation for Your Injuries

If you recently suffered pelvic, abdominal, or urethral injuries from a car accident due to someone else’s negligence or reckless driving, you might be entitled to compensation of damages. The knowledgeable Chicago personal injury lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will be able to evaluate and determine the viability of your case.

While you focus on making a full recovery, we will handle the legal paperwork, deal with insurance adjusters, and collect appropriate evidence to demonstrate liability. Past clients with similar injuries have successfully won settlements to cover the cost of medical testing, hospital visits, x-rays, treatment plans, physical therapy, car repairs, and other expenses. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to fighting for victims’ rights and obtaining the best possible compensation for your injuries.

Our team of experienced Chicago attorneys can discuss how to recover financially from all types of road accidents. Call our office today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free, no-obligations consultation. We want to help you and your loved ones get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

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