Signs of internal bleeding and organ damage can vary depending on the type of injury and its severity. But with the important functioning each organ provides, it’s imperative that any damage is diagnosed as quickly as possible. Even when injuries in an accident don’t appear serious, it’s always best to see a doctor for evaluation.
Signs That May Indicate Internal Organ Damage
Blunt trauma from an accident can cause internal bleeding, which isn’t always detected right away.
Some of the symptoms of internal bleeding include:
- abdominal swelling and pain (liver and spleen injuries);
- dizziness, fainting (loss of blood);
- headache (indication of bleeding on the brain); and
- purplish bruising (indication of bleeding into soft tissues).
Blurred vision and confusion are other examples of general signs. But some symptoms are specific to the type of injury. For instance, with a ruptured spleen there may be tenderness in the upper left side of the abdomen.
When there is damage to the lungs, there can be a sharp pain in the chest and breathing may be difficult. Kidney damage could lead to blood in the urine and problems with urinating.
Signs of a concussion or traumatic brain injury can especially vary from one person to the next. Some may experience a loss of consciousness, brief or extended. Headache, nausea, vomiting and loss of balance are other symptoms. In more severe injuries there could be memory problems or changes in personality.
The signs of internal organ bleeding and damage from a pedestrian accident vary. Due to the risk of these injuries becoming life-threatening, it’s critical to seek medical attention as quickly as possible. And if a negligent driver caused your injuries, talk to Julie Johnson Law about filing an injury claim to recover compensation for your damages.