If you’ve been involved in a serious accident caused by another driver, there is a chance for hidden and yet catastrophic injuries such as internal bleeding. Adrenaline may cover some of the pain, which could lead you to believe that you don’t need to seek medical care. If the force of your crash’s impact was significant at all, you need to seek medical care anyway as these “invisible” injuries may not become symptomatic until it is too late for you to avoid catastrophic complications.
Internal bleeding is a serious medical condition, and recognizing its signs and symptoms is crucial. Keep in mind that the symptoms can vary depending on the location and extent of the bleeding. Every situation is unique, but seeking medical care if internal bleeding is a possibility can be a life-saving effort.
Signs to look for after an accident
Since it’s so crucial to get medical treatment quickly, you must know what symptoms to watch for. Some potential signs of internal bleeding include the following:
- Abdominal pain or tenderness: Pain or discomfort in the abdomen – particularly if it is severe, persistent or worsens over time – could be a sign of internal bleeding in the abdominal area.
- Unexplained bruising: If you notice large, unexplained bruises on your body, it could be a sign of bleeding under the skin.
- Blood in urine or stool: Blood in the urine (hematuria) or black, tarry stools (melena) can indicate internal bleeding in the urinary or digestive tract.
- Vomiting blood: Vomiting blood, which may appear as bright red, is a concerning sign of bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Weakness and fatigue: Internal bleeding can lead to a drop in blood pressure and a decrease in the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, which can cause weakness, dizziness and fatigue.
- Confusion or changes in mental state: Severe internal bleeding can lead to reduced blood flow to the brain, resulting in confusion, disorientation or altered consciousness.
- Swelling and tightness: Swelling or tightness in an area of the body, such as the abdomen or a joint, can be a sign of internal bleeding.
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia): An unusually fast heart rate can be a response to low blood volume due to internal bleeding.
- Low blood pressure (hypotension): A drop in blood pressure can be a late sign of significant internal bleeding and is a medical emergency.
- Shortness of breath: Internal bleeding can lead to reduced oxygen delivery to the tissues, resulting in difficulty breathing.
If you suspect internal bleeding or experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention. Internal bleeding can be life-threatening. An early diagnosis is quite helpful and prompt treatment is critical.
Emergency medical care can be very expensive. If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence or intentional conduct, it’s going to be important to seek legal guidance to better understand how to pursue financial compensation from the other party but don’t concern yourself with this need until you’re medically stable.