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Symptoms and treatment of internal bleeding

In Montana and throughout the U.S., when a driver is involved in a serious car wreck, it is likely that they will suffer injuries that cause internal bleeding. Because the onset of symptoms can occur well after the crash, internal bleeding can be deadly if the injuries are not treated in a timely manner.

If a crash causes severe trauma, medical staff likely expect that there may be internal bleeding and may treat for this when the injured person arrives at the hospital. However, if the accident was minor, a person may not realize that they are injured until they begin to experience symptoms later. Symptoms can include swelling and tightness in the area that suffered the injury and purple skin at the injury site. If the injury occurred to the head, the person may lose consciousness. If the internal bleeding is not treated promptly, the injured person may become dizzy or faint.

In some cases, internal bleeding stops on its own. If the trauma was severe, however, the injured person may require surgery, intravenous fluids and blood transfusions. If the internal bleeding does not stop, doctors may opt to perform surgery. The type of surgery the injured person may undergo depends on where the bleeding is. If, for example, the bleeding is in the abdomen, the surgeon may perform a laparotomy to find and seal broken or leaking blood vessels.

Even the most minor car crash can result in serious injuries, including internal bleeding. Because an injured person stands to lose a significant amount of income while incurring expensive hospital bills, they may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver. With the help of an attorney, the lawsuit might allow the injured person to seek compensation for hospital bills, lost wages and other damages that resulted from the wreck.

Source: WebMD, "Internal Bleeding Due to Trauma," Accessed March 11, 2015

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