After a car accident, don’t assume you’re out of the woods if you feel fine and have no visible injuries. Internal bleeding can create serious complications, but the signs are subtle and easy to miss.
About Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding from a car accident occurs when the force of impact damages internal organs and blood vessels. Bleeding in the head, chest, or abdominal area is of particular concern.
Signs of internal bleeding include:
- Slurred speech
- Vision problems
- Abdominal pain
- Painful joints
- Bloody stool
- Bloody urine
- Vomiting blood
- Coughing blood
Note that the symptoms experienced will vary according to the severity of the bleeding and the location of the injury. You can still be suffering from internal bleeding even if you don’t have all of the symptoms or if your symptoms are fairly minor.
Whenever you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s vital that you seek a prompt evaluation from a medical professional. Many car accident injuries are slow to appear, and the initial adrenaline rush you experience after the trauma may temporarily mask your symptoms.
A doctor can generally diagnose internal bleeding with a physical exam and X-ray or CT scan. Sometimes, minor internal bleeding will stop with rest, but surgery is often necessary to stop the internal bleeding from car accident injuries.
Untreated internal bleeding has the potential to be fatal. Do not let concerns about the cost of care prevent you from seeking treatment.
Internal bleeding can create a significant financial burden. You may be faced with a large hospital bill, as well as expenses related to time off work. In cases where your internal bleeding has created permanent organ damage, you may have future medical costs related to the accident or experience a loss of earning potential.
Louisiana law allows those who’ve been injured in car accidents caused by another party’s negligence to file a personal injury claim. However, you must act quickly because there is a one-year statute of limitations in place.
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