After a car collision, many people experience external injuries: cuts, bruises or punctures. While it’s obvious that victims will have to seek medical treatment, some injuries may convince people otherwise.
Many people experience internal injuries after an accident and frequently don’t seek the medical attention they desperately need – oftentimes, because they don’t realize they’re injured. Left untreated, internal injuries can quickly lead to increased medical trauma.
Here’s what you should know:
4 common internal injuries
Some internal injuries are so severe that they may quickly become fatal. There are many types of internal injuries, here are a few common injuries:
- Internal bleeding: Two types of trauma may cause internal bleeding. Blunt trauma, due to a high-impact blunt object, may cause blood vessels to tear or rupture inside the body. Conversely, penetrating trauma is caused by sharp objects that enter the body.
- Organ damage: Depending on the severity of an accident, the force of an impact may damage organs, causing them to shut down and affect the whole body. Kidneys and livers are highly prone to damage in an accident.
- Traumatic brain injury: Some traumatic brain injuries may cause internal bleeding or cut off oxygen from entering the brain. Other forms of brain injuries may cause severe headaches or memory loss.
- Herniated disk: The spine is made up of a series of vertebrae, each separated by liquid sacks used to protect nerves. In an accident, these sacks may rupture, causing immense pain and nerve damage to the victim.
Don’t delay medical treatment
While punctured skin or visible bone can be a great cause for worry, and an immediate sign of an injury, many internal injuries can lead people to believe they didn’t suffer any damages from a crash. However, internal injuries may be far worse than external injuries. Even if a driver or passenger seems uninjured after a collision, they may still need to seek medical attention.
Even after seeking medical attention, victims may suffer from years of medical difficulties and medical debt. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, you may need to know your legal options when recovering from your losses and medical bills.