After a car accident, one of the most severe injuries you could suffer is internal bleeding. Most internal bleeding requires medical attention as quickly as possible. However, if the accident is less severe, it could lead to delayed internal bleeding. While some internal bleeding may stop by itself, some doctors use surgical intervention to stop the bleeding.
WebMD explains that most organs or blood vessels can incur damage due to blunt force trauma.
What causes internal bleeding?
Often, internal bleeding occurs because of blunt trauma, such as what you might experience in a car accident. Generally, blunt trauma occurs when your body collides with a hard object at high speed. Your blood vessels become torn or crushed. You may also have internal bleeding if you suffer penetrating trauma. Objects can penetrate skin, muscle and tear a hole in blood vessels.
What are the signs of internal bleeding?
In many cases, the traumatic injury is obvious enough to seek medical help. For example, after a car accident, it is always good to have a checkup at the local hospital. If you have delayed internal bleeding, however, you may experience abdominal pain or swelling.
Many people feel dizzy or faint because of blood loss. If you have bleeding in your brain, you may have headaches, seizures or lose consciousness. On the other hand, if you suffered a leg injury, you may have pain, swelling and tightness. Sometimes, internal injuries that cause bleeding into the skin appear as a large, purple area.
Staying alert to physical changes in the days after a car accident may help you identify a serious injury before it does even more damage.