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What Should You Do if You Have Internal Bleeding After an Accident?

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Following an accident, you may clearly see external bleeding that results from some type of puncture wound. While this type of hemorrhage can lead to a dangerous loss of blood, internal bleeding is not so obvious, and just as dangerous—or even more dangerous. When a person is bleeding internally, death can occur without a drop of blood ever being visible.  According to Healthline, each year about 60,000 Americans die from blood loss, with about three-quarters of these being the result of trauma. If you have suffered internal bleeding as a result of an accident caused by a negligent person or entity, you need a highly experienced attorney on your side who can clearly show how your injuries have affected not only your physical and mental health but also your financial health. 

The legal team at Noteboom—The Law Firm understands that having serious internal bleeding following an accident due to negligence can significantly decrease an individual’s quality of life. As the victim of internal bleeding, you may be unable to return to work and earn a living and could require long-term medical care resulting in significant medical expenses. We also understand that insurance companies and big companies often value their bottom line over the life of an injured individual. 

When you hire the Noteboom legal team, you can expect experience, knowledge, skill, compassion, and the ability to obtain a settlement that could be crucial to your future. We have been handling injury cases since 1982. We are never afraid to litigate a claim because we have a long track record of success, along with the resources necessary to “go the distance” in a large-scale dispute. 

How Can Internal Bleeding Happen After an Accident?

Internal bleeding is relatively common after an accident, particularly following a car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, or bicycle accident, a construction site accident, other work accidents, or even what seems like a “simple” slip and fall accident. The adrenaline rush that occurs during an accident can often mask injuries, including the pain of internal injuries. In any case, internal injuries can be difficult to detect, usually requiring a thorough medical examination. 

Internal bleeding can result from any source of bleeding inside your body, usually caused by trauma. Internal bleeding can quickly turn fatal if not detected soon after the accident. Internal bleeding can be the result of abdominal trauma following an accident, or the result of a ruptured spleen. In some cases, the abdominal aorta—a major artery that supplies blood to the bottom half of your body can become compressed or rupture, causing internal abdominal bleeding. 

A punctured lung can occur when the ribs are broken during an accident, or when the lungs experience trauma from a sharp object that punctures the lung. A punctured lung can be life-threatening if not found quickly.  When the brain is struck hard enough during an accident, a brain bleed can occur, leading to brain damage or a stroke. A brain bleed, like most types of internal bleeding, requires immediate medical attention. 

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Internal Bleeding?

Since an internal injury can be hard to spot, it’s important to know what the symptoms of internal bleeding are. The following are the most common signs of internal bleeding, although they can also be symptoms of other injuries as well:

  • Vomiting and severe nausea
  • Very low blood pressure
  • Severe weakness
  • Fainting
  • Acute vision problems
  • Dizziness due to blood loss
  • Severe headaches 
  • Deep purple skin in areas due to blood pooling internally
  • Abdominal pain or bruising around the navel
  • Numbness in any area of the body
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Pain anywhere with no visible injury
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea 
  • Other areas of swelling in the body for no apparent reason
  • Bloody or dark vomit or stool

If you have suffered a head injury during your accident, it is important to watch for a brain bleed. Symptoms of a brain bleed can include sudden tingling, weakness, numbness, or paralysis of the face, arm, or leg, particularly on one side of the body, seizures, difficulty swallowing, along with any of the above symptoms for other types of internal bleeding. 

How Noteboom—The Law Firm Can Help You

Noteboom—The Law Firm has been handling injury cases for forty years. We have a long track record of success, taking a team-based approach to resolving our cases. We have an exemplary reputation throughout the state of Texas, resulting in a strong belief in our abilities. We tell our potential clients, “If you can find a better law firm, hire them.” As you can see, we are highly confident in our ability to help you through this difficult time in your life. We strive for the best outcome possible in each and every case. We truly care about your recovery and your future and will work hard to secure a fair settlement that will completely cover your damages from the accident. Contact Noteboom—The Law Firm today!

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