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How Do You Know if You Have Internal Injuries After a Car Accident?

Internal Injuries: Warning Signs, What to watch out for…

If you have been in an accident, the full extent of your injuries may not be obvious right away. Internal injuries can require professional attention, and may be difficult for an untrained person to spot. Not every injury will cause an internal problem, but it’s important to know the warning signs.

Many different scenarios can cause internal injuries. Car accidents involve huge amounts of force, and the human body cannot always tolerate those levels. The soft tissues inside the body can strain, sprain, or even tear. Organs may be bruised or ruptured to the point of bleeding. Concussions to the brain can cause long-term problems with thinking, speech, and awareness. Certain medications can cause internal organ damage if not taken correctly.

Visit a Healthcare Professional

The first step after any injury is to be evaluated by a trained healthcare professional. Providers will perform a series of tests and examinations to look for telltale signs of injuries, both obvious and hidden. If you have any concern at all about your injuries, seek professional help immediately.

Your healthcare professionals may use X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans, and physical and visual examinations to check the extent of your injuries. They will check your vital signs multiple times to learn more about your individual body. Be honest with them about your pain, your experience, and your concerns. Ask questions about follow-up appointments and see what your team thinks is your best course of action.

But sometimes, even a thorough exam can miss small injuries, and those injuries can worsen over time without proper treatment.

Symptoms of Internal Injuries

Here are some common symptoms to watch out for after an accident or injury. If you experience any of these, it’s time to get checked out again:

  • Altered mental states (like unusual fatigue or confusion)
  • Headaches
  • Stiff neck that worsens over time
  • Coma or loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Changes in vision or hearing
  • Blood in your urine or stool
  • Asymmetry in appearance, like a drooping eyelid or swollen abdomen
  • Pain that does not respond to medication
  • Bruising that gets worse over time

Your personal healthcare provider will be able to help you identify specific symptoms to watch out for based on the accident that you had, and will give you detailed steps on what to do next. It’s important to work together with your healthcare team. They can help guide you step by step, and are the best line of defense in catching hidden problems before they become worse.

How can Van Law Firm help?

Internal injuries can be difficult to catch and treat. But if you or a loved one thinks your own internal injury did not receive the care you deserve, call Van Law Firm.

Our team has years of collective experience, and we will work with you to make sure that you get access to the care and resources you need to recover. Every injury is unique – and that includes yours. Mistakes happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer.

Call Van Law Firm today and make sure that your injuries don’t hold you back any more. Let us help at 725-900-9000.