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The Warning Signs Of Internal Bleeding


When you’re injured in an auto accident, a lot of different injuries will stand out as being fairly apparent. Things like broken bones or cuts and abrasions will not only be painful, but can usually be identified visually as well. However, the high impacts of an auto accident can also lead to internal bleeding, which is something much more serious and much more difficult to immediately identify.

Internal bleeding is essentially any kind of bleeding that can’t be seen on the outside of the body, but in the medical community professionals will use specific terms that refer to just where the bleeding is occurring – it can happen virtually anywhere, from the heart to the muscles to the organs.

In accidents, the injury that is causing internal bleeding is usually fairly obvious and even some of the symptoms can stand out. However, since internal bleeding can sometimes occur hours or possibly days after an injury is sustained, some might not recognize it for what it is immediately. Here are some of the key warning signs and symptoms that internal bleeding may be present.

  • Headaches, dizziness, or loss of consciousness. This is true in cases where the head has been injured in an accident and internal bleeding occurs in the brain.
  • Large patches of purple skin appear on the skin. This is a common sign that bleeding is happening in the skin, muscles, or tissues.
  • Any trauma that injures the abdominal region could lead to pain and or swelling there. As the bleeding continues to occur, the pain and swelling will grow even worse.
  • Damage to the legs or arms can create swelling, tightness, and pain in the extremity that was wounded. This is caused by internal bleeding but could also be related to broken bones or fractures.
  • Light-headedness, fainting, dizziness, blurred vision, and weakness can all happen when internal bleeding occurs. This is due to blood loss, and can occur in any case of internal bleeding.

In patients who take blood thinning medications or anti-coagulants, each of these symptoms can be even more prevalent and serious. And left unchecked, internal bleeding can lead to serious health issues even if the initial injury wasn’t that severe. Because of this, those who have been involved in any kind of accident will want to seek medical attention immediately if any of the symptoms above begin to appear.

Along with the physical and mental pain that can come from internal bleeding and other similar injuries, those involved in serious auto accidents will often face significant financial challenges as well. The seriousness of some internal bleeding can lead to high medical bills and the injuries associated with them can lead to lost hours at a job.

As such, it’s important to not only seek the help of a medical professional for your injuries, but to speak to a personal injury lawyer for assistance with your financial situation. If an auto accident was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. Your attorney can tell you more about what steps to take.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

The Warning Signs Of Internal Bleeding

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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