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Abdominal pain after a car accident? Seek medical care

Car accidents cause many kinds of injuries, ranging from annoying to life-threatening. Typically, these injuries are fairly obvious at the scene of the accident, but not always. Some injuries do not present any visible indications that anything is wrong, and may not even cause pain in a victim until hours or days later.

These injuries are known as delayed pain or delayed onset injuries, and some of them are quite serious. For instance, a victim may receive a blow to the head that doesn't manifest symptoms for days or even weeks, or may suffer damage to the spinal column and suffer long-term radiating pain or numbness and tingling. Likewise, whiplash often waits several hours to set in, but can practically paralyze a victim for days once it does.

However, whiplash injuries are rarely life-threatening, unlike internal bleeding or organ failure, which may cause delayed abdominal pain after an accident. These injuries are exceptionally serious and demand immediate professional medical care. If you or someone you love experienced abdominal pain after a car accident, you should seek out professional medical care immediately, not after work or even after lunch. The potential threat to your life truly is that serious.

Organ damage

When an organ suffers damage during a car accident, it may not cause pain immediately if enough of the organ is still functioning. It may be helpful to think of it like a house fire. If you leave a candle burning by the curtains and they catch fire, initially you've only suffered some smoke damage to the surrounding area and lost some curtains. However, burning curtains are almost certainly going to spread the fire, which can quickly burn down the entire house.

In the same way, if you choose to ignore the pain and avoid medical treatment, organ damage may soon transition to organ failure, which is deadly.

Internal bleeding

Internal bleeding poses two separate threats, the first and most obvious of which is the threat of blood loss. Internal bleeding is just as dangerous as external bleeding and if it is severe enough, a victim may die in a matter of minutes. In most cases, however, a victim with such internal severe bleeding would die before ever feeling the pain of the injury.

The other threat that internal bleeding poses is infection. The body is full of many forms of bacteria that may develop an infection around the site of the bleeding. Once such an infection develops significantly enough, it can spread to every other part of the body through the blood stream, including to the victim's brain.

Get the help you need immediately

If you experience these symptoms, please seek out professional medical care immediately. Once you have a proper diagnosis and receive treatment, you can begin focusing on the legal issues surrounding your accident and protect your rights while seeking a fair settlement.

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