When an accident happens, it is common for the vehicle’s occupants to conduct self-evaluations to determine whether they’ve sustained any injury. While injuries like cuts, bruises and broken bones may be easy to spot, others – like internal bleeding – are not always detected right away.
Internal injuries that are attributable to car accidents sometimes take days or even weeks to manifest. Left undiagnosed and untreated, these injuries can present serious dangers to the accident victim.
Here are some of the symptoms that you may experience if you have suffered an internal injury:
- Severe pain: During the impact, your abdomen or chest areas may be subjected to trauma. Chest and abdominal pains that intensify with time or tenderness in your groin area could be indicative of internal injuries.
- Nausea: A car accident can leave you dizzy and nauseated due to blood loss. However, if you spot blood in your vomit, then this could be a sign that something happened to your internal organs.
- Blood in stool and urine: If you notice blood while using the bathroom; do not assume that it will go away on its own. This could be a sign that you injured your kidneys and the bowels during the accident. Be sure to see a doctor immediately.
- Severe bruising: Specifically, if you have severe bruising on part of your body, and the bruising doesn’t go away, you may have internal injuries and should seek medical treatment right away.
If you suffer serious injuries, you should always get checked out at a hospital, urgent care clinic or doctor’s office within a few days of your accident. Don’t wait for weeks on end. Waiting can be very detrimental to your health and can also be detrimental to your personal injury claim.
If the accident that resulted in your injuries was caused by someone else’s negligence, it is important that you file your claim within the statute of limitations period. In Georgia, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
A car accident can leave you with life-altering injuries. Find out how you can safeguard your rights while pursuing a personal injury claim.