Accidents happen unexpectedly and sometimes without you even realizing what is going on. Suddenly a reckless driver plows into your car, a bicyclist strikes you as you stand on the sidewalk or a slick floor causes you to slip and tumble down the stairs in a Texas office building. Any of these and other events can leave you with catastrophic injuries. However, you may not recognize right away how badly you are hurt.
One type of injury that is notorious for delayed symptoms is internal bleeding after a trauma. If you were recently involved in an accident of some kind, you may want to be alert for the symptoms that your injuries are worse than you imagine.
Medical attention is critical
While it may be obvious that you are in need of medical attention if an object penetrates your body, internal bleeding caused by blunt force trauma may be more difficult to identify. With blunt force trauma, your blood vessels may become damaged, releasing blood into your body cavities. This is why it is essential to seek medical attention if you are in a car accident or fall so doctors can evaluate your condition and address any internal injuries quickly.
Internal bleeding can occur anywhere in the body, but the most dangerous areas are in the head, around the heart and lungs, and within the abdomen. Some symptoms that you may be bleeding internally include the following:
- Pain in the area where the injury occurred
- Swelling and tightness around the injury
- A large, purple bruise indicating blood collecting in the skin
- Dizziness and loss of consciousness from blood loss
If the injury is to your head, you may also experience seizures. Depending on how severely the organs or tissues are damaged, the bleeding may occur rapidly or more slowly. It is not uncommon for an accident victim to experience symptoms of internal bleeding hours or days following an injury.
Anytime you are in an accident, seeking medical attention should be your first priority. However, even a minor accident or ground-level fall may result in serious injuries. Left untreated, internal injuries may lead to a severe bleed, requiring surgery to repair.
Facing the aftermath of an injury due to someone else's negligence can be frustrating, especially if it results in a long hospital stay, surgical procedures and an extended recovery. In addition to the medical expenses, you may have to take time off from work and face the high cost of long-term care. Seeking legal advice about your options is a wise move.