A car accident can be traumatic, even if you and your vehicle suffer seemingly minimal damage. You may reject the fuss and wave away medical assistance, but this may be a mistake for many reasons. For example, having a report of receiving medical attention after an accident may assist you in any future insurance claims or lawsuits that result from the crash. More importantly, however, is the possibility of unseen damage to your body.
While cuts, bruises and broken bones are usually visible after a motor vehicle accident, some injuries require the trained and discerning eye of a medical professional. One of these is internal bleeding. Failing to properly treat this condition can rapidly lead to more serious complications.
What is internal bleeding?
Internal bleeding can occur anywhere in your body, from your head to your joints and even within your body's tissues. When you are bleeding in your abdomen, there may not be evidence of it right away. Internal bleeding from a car accident is often the result of damage to an organ, such as the liver or spleen, which then bleeds into the body's cavities.
Since the bleeding is not visible, a doctor will look for signs, for example:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in your abdomen
- Chest pain and difficulty breathing
- Unusual bruising on your abdomen
- Blood in your urine or stool
- Unexplained bleed from other areas
You may also experience dizziness because of the loss of blood. A substantial loss of blood may send you into shock, which means the rest of your body is not receiving the blood supply it needs. If this is happening to you, your heart beat may speed up, and your blood pressure will drop. You may feel sweaty, weak and lethargic. If this occurs, it is critical to seek medical attention immediately.
Professional attention for your life's sake
While you may be quick to dismiss your symptoms as stress from the trauma of a car accident, a doctor will be better able to discern those stress-related signs from symptoms of a life-threatening internal injury. Medical advice after an accident is essential, and obtaining proper testing, diagnosis and treatment can improve your chances of recovery.
Another element of your recovery from a car accident is paying for the medical procedures necessary to treat your injuries. If your accident results in a long recovery, surgery to repair internal damage and time off work to heal, paying your medical expenses may be a challenge. With the help of an Oklahoma attorney, you may be able to obtain compensation through the civil courts.