One of the worst mistakes you can make during a car crash involves assuming you are fine because you don’t have any obvious symptoms of injury. Some of the most serious injuries you could incur may not be obvious in the immediate aftermath of the collision.
The faster you were going at the time of the crash and the more jostled and shaken around you were, the greater the risk for injuries, including those that aren’t obvious at first. Instead, it could take hours or even days for noticeable symptoms to arise, leaving you vulnerable to a worsening prognosis due to the delay in diagnosis and treatment.
Brain injuries, for example, may require several days before their symptoms become noticeable. Internal bleeding often plays a role in head injuries, and it is a concern regardless of whether you bleed inside your skull or in softer parts of the body, such as in your abdomen.
Your internal organs are at risk in the event of internal bleeding
Medical professionals typically categorize internal injuries based on the location of the injury and where the blood collects. Trauma to the head or skull will result in bleeding or bruising on the brain, while trauma to the chest, stomach, sides or back could cause injury and bleeding in a variety of locations.
Bleeding around the lungs could put pressure on your airways and prevent adequate respiration, while bleeding into the lungs could result in someone drowning. Bleeding around the heart can prevent the heart from functioning properly. Damage to veins, arteries or blood vessels in the abdomen could result in severe bleeding that compromises organ function and may not be immediately evident.
Internal bleeding can result in significant blood loss
It is strange to think that someone whose injury doesn’t result in blood leaving their body can suffer medical consequences related to blood loss, but that is a common occurrence. Your body cannot simply reabsorb and utilize blood once it leaves the arterial and venous pathways.
Blood pooling in various parts of your body can cause serious exsanguination, as can bleeding externally. Warning signs of internal bleeding may include bruising, swelling or pain, a sensation of dizziness, fainting and even seizures. Anyone who suffered blunt force trauma as a result of a car crash will likely benefit from a medical examination to rule out internal bleeding.