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Are internal injuries common in car accidents?

When someone suffers a broken bone, they know they should see a doctor immediately. If that same person suffers an internal injury, they might not even be aware of it.

Both visible and invisible injuries are common in the event of a car accident. This is a frightening prospect to think about, but individuals must be aware of the risks surrounding internal injuries, so they do not overlook the signs and can protect themselves or their loved ones after a crash.

What internal injuries are common?

The sudden impact in a collision of the body hitting the steering wheel or the car door can cause more than just visible damage. And accidents that occur at high speeds or involve more vulnerable parties, such as pedestrians or motorcyclists, increase the risk of trauma – as well as the risk of internal injuries.

Some of the most common internal injuries individuals could suffer in auto accidents include:

  • Head injuries, which are not always visible
  • Broken ribs, which can cause organ damage
  • Internal bleeding caused by trauma to organs

Since these types of injuries are common after crashes, it is critical for individuals in California to seek medical attention. Even after minor accidents, in which no injuries are visible, it is still beneficial to obtain care.

Many internal injuries have delayed symptoms

The shock of an accident can dull or even delay the pain individuals experience in some cases. But the symptoms of internal injuries are often delayed as well – whether or not individuals experience shock.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a classic example of this. These injuries are very serious, and yet there might not be signs of an injury until days or even weeks after the accident, according to Mayo Clinic.

Naturally, the symptoms will differ depending on the type of internal injury. But individuals and their loved ones should generally watch for:

  • Swelling
  • Nausea
  • Persistent pain and bruising

Delayed symptoms make it easy to overlook these injuries, which can increase the risks individuals face. But being aware of the risks and the symptoms to look for is critical, to make sure individuals obtain the care they need.

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