The aftermath of a serious car accident can be hectic. In some cases, individuals may think that they have escaped the crash unscathed, but in reality, adrenaline and other factors are masking the pain of serious injuries. Unfortunately, you could find yourself involved in a car or truck accident that leads to injuries that are not immediately apparent.
In particular, internal bleeding is a serious issue that can result from automobile accidents. Because you may not see any immediate outward signs of trauma, you could think that you did not suffer any harm. However, internal bleeding can present other symptoms or could even have delayed symptoms that point to the issue later.
After a car accident, you should make sure to monitor your condition for days or even weeks after the incident. It is wise to obtain medical attention after a crash, even if you do not think you suffered harm. Medical professionals can often recognize signs of serious injuries that others may miss. Some signs of internal bleeding that you may not connect with the issue include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling in your extremities
- Pain in a particular area
- Shoulder or chest pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Vision changes
- Rapid heart rate
Bruising of an area or favoring a part of your body to keep it from experiencing pain also needs attention. If you do not obtain medical treatment after a car accident for some reason and experience any of these symptoms later, you should seek medical attention immediately. If you suffer blunt force trauma in the accident or even injuries caused by rapid deceleration due to the sudden stopping of your vehicle during the crash, internal bleeding could occur.
Internal bleeding can cause various complications, as it can reduce the blood flow to vital organs. Children, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions may also face serious complications. It is also possible for internal bleeding to be life-threatening, which is why it is important to have any signs or symptoms assessed by a doctor.
If you do experience internal bleeding as the result of a car accident caused by another driver, you may have a long road ahead of you in terms of recovery. Additionally, medical bills, lost wages and other financial damages may result during this time. As a result, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault for the incident in efforts to seek compensation for damages allowable under Louisiana law.