Internal Bleeding After a Truck Crash
Major trauma caused by a truck accident can result in internal bleeding, leading to serious complications if left untreated.
Internal Bleeding From Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can result in blunt force trauma, where the impact compresses the internal organs and causes damage. If traumatic compression occurs, organs may begin to bleed internally. More severe injuries may result in tearing of the organ lining, with internal bleeding spilling into the abdominal cavity.
Many people are aware that rapid acceleration or deceleration can lead to whiplash injuries, but it can also cause internal bleeding. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain is jostled around inside of the skull due to a sudden, jarring stop caused by the impact of a car accident. TBI can cause the brain to collide with the wall of the skull, tearing veins and triggering internal bleeding. Even a tiny amount of bleeding within the skull is extremely dangerous, because it can create pressure that hinders brain function.
Symptoms and Diagnosis of Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding often results in severe pain and bruising over the abdominal area. This pain typically gets worse with movement. Other common symptoms include dizziness, headaches, and loss of consciousness. Any of these symptoms merit immediate medical attention.
However, in the early stages, internal bleeding may be painless. There may be no symptoms that would be easily recognized by a layperson. That’s one reason why a thorough medical evaluation is very important after a traffic accident.
When a patient arrives at the emergency room with internal bleeding, an ultrasound may be used to diagnose the injury. The physician will inspect the chest, abdominal cavity, and kidneys. If there’s fluid in the abdomen, there is a high probability of internal bleeding, and immediate treatment is required.
Don’t Delay Treatment
If left untreated, internal bleeding can lead to serious complications, including brain injury, hemorrhagic shock, and even death. After a collision you should seek immediate medical care to ensure that you aren’t suffering from internal injuries, even if you feel fine.
Once you’ve been diagnosed and treated for any injuries resulting from your truck collision, you should contact an attorney. You need experienced legal representation to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.