With blood streaming down your face, you realize that although you have survived a car collision you are not out of danger.
Shards of glass rained down on you and your passengers after your vehicle was T-boned by a reckless driver who blew through a red stop light. Some bits of glass from the windshield and windows embedded in your face and torso. But shattered glass may cause an assortment of serious injuries.
Head and eye injuries
After a motor vehicle collision, some people may walk away with minor cuts. However, others may not be as fortunate. Here are some of the potentially life-threatening injuries a person may sustain from glass-related injury:
- Lacerations: Surface-level and deep-level lacerations are possible. Glass may penetrate the body, damaging blood vessels, muscles, nerves, tendons and internal organs such as the spleen and liver.
- Penetrating injury to the head: While a concussion is possible, more severe injuries may surface. Sharp glass moving at high speeds may penetrate the skull. A resulting brain bleed may lead to death.
- Eye injuries: Lifelong vision problems are possible after glass punctures an eye. In some cases, victims may become blind.
- Severed limbs: Bone penetration is possible from large and sharp pieces of glass. Along with significant blood loss, the result may lead to physicians having to amputate an arm or leg in order to save a life.
- An injury to the spinal cord: When glass punctures the neck and spine, it is possible for a spinal cord injury such as a severed spinal cord or a cervical hematoma.
- Shock: Due to severe loss of blood, shock may surface, potentially causing internal organs to shut down.
Glass injuries should never be taken lightly and may occur in car collisions, a fall into a plate glass window or even glass furniture. With the possibility of many surgeries, disability and scarring, a victim of glass-related injuries may take years to recover.
Seek legal guidance
Life-changing injuries are possible when shattered glass penetrates a person’s body. If negligence was behind your injury, seek the compensation you deserve and the guidance of a skilled attorney.