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After a car wreck, you might have internal bleeding

Imagine driving to your favorite Fullerton supermarket. You have a long shopping list of snacks, drinks and other items you need for the Sunday family barbecue. The weather forecast is for near perfect weather and you are looking forward to some quality time with your family and friends. Unfortunately, your plans do not work out after another driver slams into the front of your car. After the wreck, you feel fine and assess your injuries as only superficial. Your car, on the other hand, is toast. By the end of the day, you begin to experience headaches and abdominal pain and you notice a large purple bruise forming on your torso.

Some injuries happen internally, such as internal bleeding. In some cases, it can take hours or days before you start to feel the symptoms of these injuries. Unfortunately, these can also be the most serious. Even a minor injury that causes internal bleeding can result in death if the victim does not receive medical treatment in time.

Blunt force trauma and penetrating trauma

In general, internal bleeding happens due to one of two kinds of trauma, either blunt force or penetrating. Blunt trauma usually occurs when the body makes contact with an object through a high rate of force. For example, if you were in the accident described in the example above, your body may have come into contact with the steering wheel or dash of the car which resulted in blunt force trauma. Penetrating trauma occurs when an object penetrates the body, such as a bullet, knife or other sharp objects. Internal bleeding begins because the trauma has damaged the blood vessels in the area that received the impact.

Symptoms of internal bleeding

In some situations, these kinds of internal injuries are obvious. There are clear indications, such as external bleeding, that indicate the trauma occurred. However, in other cases, where the trauma is less severe, there may not be immediate signs of the damage. This is when it becomes vital to pay attention to the signals your body is giving that something is wrong. Common symptoms of internal bleeding include abdominal pain and swelling, dizziness, and dark purple bruising. The symptoms will also depend on where in your body the injury occurred. For example, you are more likely to experience head pain if you suffered head trauma and the brain is swelling or bleeding.

If you have suffered an injury due to a negligent driver, it is important to see a doctor immediately even if the injuries seem minor. If you delay treatment for internal bleeding, you risk further damage and possibly death.

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