Delayed signs of internal bleeding in car accidents

No matter how minor or severe a car accident is, it can still be a traumatic event. The human body can only withstand so much trauma before injuries occur. Sometimes these injuries are obvious, and victims quickly get the treatment they need. Other times, injuries are less obvious and symptoms may not manifest for hours or even days after the car accident. Internal bleeding caused by trauma is one such condition and can be life-threatening.

In many cases, internal bleeding can occur after car accidents that don't seem especially severe. For example, say you are involved in a somewhat minor fender-bender with another car. You may feel relatively fine at first, but you may have suffered trauma that leads to internal bleeding. As the bleeding worsens, you may begin to experience symptoms indicating that you were injured more seriously than you thought.

Here are a few delayed signs of trauma-related internal bleeding:

-- Pain or swelling in the abdomen could indicate bleeding in the spleen or liver.

-- Pain, tightness or swelling in the leg could indicate internal bleeding due to a fracture.

-- Ecchymosis or deeply bruised skin may indicate internal bleeding of skin or soft tissue.

-- Headache and loss of consciousness could mean that there is bleeding in the brain.

-- Fainting and feeling dizzy or lightheaded is often a sign that you are bleeding somewhere internally.

All of the above should be considered a medical emergency requiring treatment as soon as possible.

The main takeaway is to never underestimate the seriousness of any car accident. You should also understand that if your accident injuries were caused by another person's negligence, you have the right to seek compensation through legal action.

Source: WebMD, "Internal Bleeding Due to Trauma," accessed Dec. 13, 2016

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