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Serious injuries are not always immediately visible

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2022 | Serious Injuries

In the aftermath of serious traffic collisions, injuries are often visibly apparent. However, this is not always the case.

Some injuries occur beneath the surface, and this does not make them any less significant. Internal injuries are extremely common after a car accident, and they have the potential to be life-threatening when left untreated. Outlined below are some of the more common internal injuries associated with vehicle crashes.

Rib injuries

Fractured ribs can be extremely painful in themselves, but the real danger comes from the chain reaction they can have. A broken rib has the potential to puncture other sections of the body, such as the lungs and other vital organs.

Internal bleeding

Bleeding is typically thought of in terms of its external visibility. Nonetheless, bleeding can also occur beneath the surface of the skin. Major blood vessels can be ruptured within the body, without the bleeding transcending the skin. This type of injury can be catastrophic, and it is vital that immediate medical treatment is pursued.

Bleeding on the brain

Open head wounds tend to bleed profusely, but head wounds can also be closed. This means that bleeding may not be visibly apparent, but it does not negate the potential seriousness of the head injury. Any head injury is a medical emergency and should be treated accordingly.

A serious accident can result in numerous forms of injuries, many of which are not always obvious immediately. The recovery period after a crash can be extensive, meaning that you have to take time off of work and other regular activities. You don’t have to face the consequences of a traffic collision on your own, and there are a number of legal options open to you.