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Internal bleeding is a primary risk after a crash

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2022 | Auto Accidents

There are many injuries that can occur during a car crash. For many victims, the injuries are minor things like pulled muscles, but there are also many catastrophic injuries that can occur. One of these is internal bleeding. 

Internal bleeding is a major issue because it’s not easy to recognize. If it’s left untreated, this can become life-threatening. It’s crucial that you get immediate medical care if you have any symptoms of internal bleeding. Some people who have this condition need surgery to stop the bleeding, and they may need to receive blood transfusions.

What are the symptoms of internal bleeding?

One of the reasons why it’s so hard to recognize internal bleeding is because the symptoms often mimic other conditions, and you can’t see any obvious outward signs that something is amiss. Some of the more common symptoms of internal bleeding include:

  • Severe headache
  • Severe weakness
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Passing out
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating profusely
  • Low blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

Some people with internal bleeding will develop bruising on the abdomen that can’t be attributed to anything else. Blood in the urine is also possible. They may also have dark vomit or stool that closely resembles used coffee grounds. 

Anyone who’s involved in a car crash should get medical care right away. Catastrophic injuries are best addressed quickly. This medical care can be expensive, so victims may choose to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. California law limits how long you have to do this after a crash, so be sure you don’t waste time.