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How can you spot internal bleeding after a vehicle crash?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Internal injuries can lead to bleeding that can prove deadly. Compared to external injuries, they will be far less noticeable.

That said, if you understand what to look for, you may just spot something in yourself or another person in time to do something about it.

How do they happen?

It typically involves your body hitting something. For example, if you hit the steering wheel or have the seat belt suddenly tighten around your chest with the kind of force that a severe crash can generate. It could also happen when something hits you. For example, an unsecured tool kit could be thrown against you in a crash.

Here are some of the signs to look out for:

  • Head issues: These could include dizziness, confusion, severe headaches or blurred vision.
  • Abdominal issues: You could have breathing difficulties or severe chest pain. Surface bruising could also indicate deeper injuries.
  • Below the waist issues: Dark diarrhea or blood in your urine should all be cause for concern.


Certain indicators are a real danger sign

While your pulse may speed up due to the adrenaline of the situation, it could also indicate that the heart has to work faster to get blood around the body due to serious blood loss. A drop in blood pressure would back that up, as might a pallid complexion. Urgent treatment will be crucial.

You should always visit a medical provider immediately after a vehicle accident. They are trained to know what to look out for and could well spot an internal injury before it does long-term harm.

Once the doctors have assessed the extent of your injuries, seek legal help to claim compensation to cover the associated costs.