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Internal Bleeding Resulting from Car Accidents

Posted on March 10, 2015

On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Oklahoma residents who are involved in car accidents may suffer many different types of injuries, including internal bleeding that may occur due to the blunt force traumas that may be involved. Blunt force trauma caused by such things as blows to the head, chest, abdomen or legs may result in externally visible injuries as well as associated internal bleeding. In some instances, the trauma may not cause an external injury but a ruptured vessel or organ may nonetheless result in severe consequences.

The most severe cases of blunt force trauma leading to internal bleeding may include injuries to the head with resulting brain bleeding, injuries to the chest that result in bleeding around the heart or lungs, ruptured major blood vessels such as the aorta and abdominal trauma that causes a rupture to the liver or spleen. Severe injuries may become worse if such bleeding is occurring, and it is important that people recognize the signs that an internal injury may have occurred.

Symptoms of internal bleeding may be different, depending upon the location of the injury. A brain bleed may lead a victim to having worsening headaches followed by a loss of consciousness. No matter the location of the injury, significant blood loss can result in the victim fainting, feeling dizzy or feeling light-headed. People who have internally bleeding abdominal injuries may feel severe pain coupled with abdominal swelling.

If an internal injury is suspected, it is important for the victim to seek treatment quickly in order to prevent further damage. Those who have suffered such catastrophic injuries in accidents caused by the negligent actions of another driver may want to consuider filing a personal injury lawsuit. A successful action could result in the award of damages that could include the costs of medical treatment as well as compensation for lost wages.

Source: WebMD, “Internal Bleeding Due to Trauma”, Amita Shroff, M.D., Sept. 9, 2013

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