Road traffic collisions can be traumatic both physically and emotionally. Those involved may suffer severe external injuries.
However, it’s important to remember that not all injuries are external and they do not always present themselves immediately. Internal injuries can occur in every area of the body and the symptoms can be delayed. This doesn’t mean that they are any less dangerous. Recognizing the more common symptoms could help ensure that you get the medical treatment you need.
Internal injuries to the torso
During a collision, your chest and abdomen are exposed. The blunt force of a crash can do serious damage both internally and externally. What may appear to be minor bruising on your chest and stomach could actually be much more serious. You need to think about what’s going on with your organs.
If you are in pain, are struggling to breathe or notice blood when you go to the bathroom, these are all signs that you could have internal injuries. You should treat this as an emergency and head to the doctor as soon as you can.
Internal head injuries
Head injuries often result in a lot of external bleeding, but this isn’t always the case. You might have escaped bleeding on the outside but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are no injuries within the skull. With an internal head injury, you may start to feel tired and lethargic as well as have difficulties concentrating. You may also develop headaches that simply do not go away. If there are any significant changes to your motor functions after a crash, then it’s vital that you get yourself checked out. All head injuries should be treated as an emergency.
The best way to ensure your safety after a crash is to get checked out immediately, even if you feel fine. If you’ve suffered injuries through the negligent driving of someone else, then you may be entitled to compensation. You’ll want to seek legal guidance in such a scenario.