When an individual is involved in a serious accident, it is common to see outward signs of injury, including bleeding. External bleeding is easy to recognize—however, internal bleeding commonly occurs after physical trauma and is not readily identifiable. Nevertheless, internal bleeding can lead to very serious complications and even death. Whenever you or someone you care about is involved in a serious accident, it is a good idea to reach out to a trusted Chicago personal injury lawyer to make sure you fully understand your rights.
What Causes Internal Bleeding?
Internal bleeding arises from various types of traumatic injury, including broken bones, crashing into an object with force (such as a steering wheel or the edge of a sidewalk), compression injuries (i.e. being wedged between two objects), and penetration injuries. Additionally, some people carry risk factors that can complicate the situation. These include people with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, and people who take blood thinners. For these individuals, the situation can become critical very quickly.
Any traumatic accident can cause internal bleeding. Car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck, bike, and pedestrian accidents, workplace mishaps, slip and fall accidents, and medical malpractice incidents can all result in the likelihood of an internal bleeding episode.
Is Internal Bleeding Serious?
Not every episode of internal bleeding is life-threatening. Some forms are more serious than others. For instance, internal bleeding caused by a broken bone requires monitoring, but will usually resolve on its own once the bone is set. On the other hand, bleeding in or around the brain, lungs, heart, or other vital organs is an emergency situation. Furthermore, symptoms may be vague, or present so slowly that they are not immediately noticeable.
If you or someone you love is involved in a serious accident, it is important to have a full medical evaluation right away. Undiagnosed internal bleeding can lead to death. Other serious complications may include anemia, organ failure, neuropathy, paralysis, brain injury, shock, and coma. Internal bleeding always has the potential to turn into an emergency situation; however, with treatment physicians can monitor the bleeding, eliminate the pressure around major organs, and replace fluids as necessary.
Internal bleeding injuries can be extremely serious and require a great deal of specialized treatment. So in addition to everything else you are dealing with, you may find yourself drowning in medical bills that you never expected.
Contact our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team at Shea Law Group today. We will be happy to provide a no cost evaluation of your case and we will do all we can to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Don’t leave your financial future to chance give us a call at (877)-365-0040, or contact us online anytime.