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Symptoms of internal organ damage after a car accident

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The aftermath of a car accident can be a chaotic flurry of activity. Checking yourself and others for injuries, exchanging information with other parties and dealing with the logistics of the situation can be overwhelming.

In this adrenaline-charged state, it’s easy to overlook some crucial signs your body might be sending. The risk of internal organ damage following a car accident is significant and requires immediate attention. Early identification and treatment can be crucial for complete recovery.

Why internal injuries linger

Unlike cuts or broken bones, internal organ damage doesn’t always present with obvious external signs. Internal organs are situated within the body cavity, shielded by the rib cage and muscles. Although this arrangement offers some protection, the impact of a car collision can still result in considerable injury. However, visual inspection of potential injuries can be difficult since the organs are tucked away.

The insidious nature of internal injuries lies in their delayed presentation. This phenomenon often occurs because the release of adrenaline during the accident can temporarily numb pain, potentially giving you the impression of being uninjured. Additionally, internal bleeding can take time to accumulate, and discomfort may only arise when a significant amount of blood has been lost.

Identifying internal organ damage

Following a car accident, even a minor one, it can make a world of difference to be attentive to your body’s signals. This can help ensure you don’t ignore symptoms of internal organ damage. One symptom you shouldn’t overlook is abdominal swelling accompanied by discomfort.

Another symptom that’s easy to ignore is nausea accompanied by vomiting because you might assume it’s a harmless side effect of the accident trauma. In reality, it could be a response to abdominal trauma or internal bleeding.

Suppose you have trouble breathing a few hours or days after a car accident; you should check yourself into the nearest medical facility. Injuries affecting the lungs or heart may result in breathlessness and chest pressure.

Internal organ damage after a car accident is a serious concern that should not be overlooked. Symptoms may be subtle and easily ignored, but the consequences of untreated internal injuries can be dire. By being aware of the signs and seeking immediate medical evaluation, you can protect your health and work to prevent long-term complications. You can also benefit from prioritizing legal guidance when pursuing compensation for your medical costs from the responsible party.