If you’ve ever been told that you or someone close to you suffered internal organ damage, then it’s likely that they also have had to endure significant internal bleeding. Injuries like these aren’t ones to take lightly — and they’re very common in car wrecks.
A patient can suffer irreversible damage, resulting in their death if they don’t receive competent medical attention in the wake of their injury. Knowledge about how these injuries occur, signs of impairment and the prognosis if you receive such a diagnosis can be helpful to have.
What types of incidents result in internal bleeding?
There are two types of incidents that can result in internal organ damage and bleeding. These include:
- Penetrating trauma: Instances in which foreign objects penetrate someone’s body, perforating blood vessels as occurs during falls onto sharp objects (like glass or metal), stabbings and gunshot wounds
- Blunt trauma: Situations in which the body is subjected to trauma; for example, a vehicle collides into it at a high rate of speed. Excessive bleeding results from the crushing or tearing of blood vessels by a blunt force object or force, such as what’s involved in a fall, assault or car crash.
Virtually any bodily organ is vulnerable to blunt force trauma. Ones to the head or brain, abdominal region (such as the liver or spleen), heart and lungs are most common.
What symptoms do patients with internal organ damage experience?
While you should see a physician to get checked out following an accident, there won’t likely be any question in your mind that you need to do so following a blunt force trauma incident. You’ll generally experience a rapid decline in your health once internal bleeding begins.
Some of the more notable signs that this has occurred are:
- Fainting or light-headedness
- Abdominal discomfort that progressively worsens over time
- Any loss of consciousness, pervasive headaches or seizures
- A purpling of the skin in different areas
- Discomfort, tightness or swelling in a leg
Individuals with relatively minor blunt force trauma may experience a more gradual onset of these symptoms than others. The presenting concerns that you have may vary depending on the nature and severity of your injuries too.
Don’t take any chances on your health if you’re experiencing some of the symptoms described above post-accident. See a doctor, then take time to learn of your right to recover compensation in your case.