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Internal bleeding can be a silent killer

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2024 | Personal Injury

A severe car crash can inflict life-threatening injuries. Many of these may be readily apparent because of the visible wounds they leave.

Meanwhile, a driver may not even realize they are suffering from internal bleeding and as a result, not receive treatment for it. Despite this, there are signs one can look out for to identify what can be a silent killer.

Watch out for signs of internal bleeding

Internal bleeding, or bleeding from wounds or lacerations inside of the body, may not be obvious after an accident. If you notice these serious symptoms, it is important to seek immediate medical attention:

  • Bleeding from orifices: Internal bleeding can cause a person to vomit or cough blood if they sustained an injury to their abdomen or chest. Blood can also show up when urinating or during bowel movements.
  • Pain and bruising: A strong blunt impact can leave heavy bruising and pain on the impacted area without breaking the skin. The affected area may also swell or become ridged. These signs may indicate internal bleeding.
  • Blood loss symptoms: Because internal bleeding may go unnoticed, it may result in a person suffering symptoms of blood loss such as lightheadedness, nausea, dehydration, low blood pressure and even fainting.

These symptoms can even be delayed by hours up to several days after an accident.

Furthermore, even minor accidents can cause internal bleeding. If left untreated, internal bleeding can cause shock due to blood loss which can lead to organ failure and eventually, death.

If you believe that a loved one is suffering from internal bleeding after a car crash, it is important to get them urgent medical attention. It is possible to seek compensation for injuries from an accident.