Many victims of car accidents do not seek immediate medical attention because they are not in any physical distress. However, just because you have not suffered visible injuries, that does not necessarily mean that you are in the clear.
There is a far deadlier but less obvious danger — internal injuries. As the name suggests, these kinds of injuries affect the internal organs. The victims may be unaware of their existence until the symptoms start showing, and sometimes, the discovery is too late.
Common internal injuries and the signs to look out for after a crash
While every crash is different, the most susceptible organs are the head and abdomen. For instance, you could suffer a mild to severe concussion after taking a blow to the head. Similarly, trauma to the abdomen may lead to a ruptured spleen, damaged kidneys or even a fractured rib.
These injuries may not be apparent after a crash. It may be only after you start feeling pain or discomfort will you suspect that something is wrong.
Other indicators may include:
- Bruising or swelling around the affected organ
- Loss of consciousness, dizziness and distorted vision for head injuries
- Presence of blood in urine or stool
- Rapid heart rate
If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, these symptoms should be treated as medical emergencies.
Dealing with internal injuries
Besides seeking medical care, you need to be compensated for your damages if the crash was the fault of another driver. Recovery from some of these internal injuries may take a considerable amount of time and could prevent you from working.
It is advisable to seek legal assistance if you are unsure of how to go about getting the compensation you deserve for these and other injuries suffered in a crash. It will help to protect your interests and ensure that justice is served.