A slip and fall accident can result in various injuries that can range from mild to severe. While most of these injuries will be visible and easy to identify, such as bruises and lacerations, it is not uncommon for a slip and fall victim to suffer internal bleeding due to the accident. Unfortunately, internal bleeding from a slip and fall often goes unnoticed. If left untreated, internal bleeding can lead to serious medical complications and even death.
The signs and symptoms of internal bleeding are wide-ranging and can result from various causes. Read on to learn more about the signs and symptoms of internal bleeding from a slip and fall accident.
WHAT IS INTERNAL BLEEDING?
Internal bleeding typically occurs in the organs or cavities of the body, including the head, abdomen, or chest. The eyes and tissues that line the heart are other standard sites for potential internal bleeding. This type of bleeding is often not immediately evident, so a slip and fall victim may not know they are suffering from internal bleeding until it is too late. The amount of internal bleeding will usually depend on how severe the injury is, the location of the injury, and how quickly the victim receives treatment.
WHAT CAUSES INTERNAL BLEEDING AFTER A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT?
Internal bleeding is typically the result of some trauma, but it can also result from the use of certain substances.
The causes of internal bleeding can include, but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Surgical procedures
- Alcohol abuse
- Blood thinners or other anti-coagulation/anti-platelet medications
Internal bleeding from a slip and fall is usually related to bodily trauma or broken bones. Whenever an object strikes the body with force, internal bleeding can occur due to physical trauma, the compression of internal organs, or broken bones.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF INTERNAL BLEEDING
Anytime a slip and fall accident occurs, causing trauma, fractures, or broken bones, internal bleeding is possible. Even seemingly minor accidents can cause internal bleeding, which is why it is so important to be on the lookout for possible signs and symptoms. The signs and symptoms of internal bleeding will often differ, depending on the location in the body.
INTERNAL BLEEDING FROM HEAD INJURIES
Intracranial bleeding that occurs after trauma to the head can cause pain, but not always. That is why it is essential to recognize the other signs associated with internal bleeding due to head trauma.
Other signs of internal bleeding from head trauma include:
- Altered mental states
- Stiff neck
- Slurred speech
- Loss of vision
INTERNAL BLEEDING IN THE ABDOMEN
Internal bleeding in the abdomen is often the result of compression on vital organs.
- Signs of internal abdominal bleeding include:
- Vomiting bright red blood
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Black or tarry stool
- Shortness of breath
- Low blood pressure
- An abdomen that is hard or rigid to the touch
- Bruising on the abdomen
INTERNAL BLEEDING DUE TO MUSCLE INJURIES
A muscle injury can result in internal bleeding. Often, internal bleeding from a muscle injury is associated with broken bones, particularly in the shin or the forearm.
Internal bleeding due to muscle injuries may cause:
- Difficulty in moving a joint
- Loss of sensation
WHAT HAPPENS IF INTERNAL BLEEDING IS LEFT UNTREATED?
The severity of damage caused by internal bleeding largely depends on the location of the bleed. Large amounts of blood collecting in some regions of the body may take a long time to start causing harm, while even small amounts of blood in parts of the brain can rapidly cause severe symptoms or even death.
Severe complications associated with internal bleeding can include anemia, organ failure, paralysis, coma, brain injuries, and even death. Emergency surgery may be necessary to stop the bleeding before further damage, such as a stroke or permanent vital organ damage, occurs.
Remember, even the most minor slip and fall can result in internal bleeding, which is why it is crucial always to have a medical professional examine you following an accident. Even so, it can take days, weeks, and even months for internal bleeding to present itself.
Internal bleeding is almost always considered a medical emergency and needs to be diagnosed and treated by a trained physician. If you suspect internal bleeding following a slip and fall, you must immediately call 911 and receive a diagnosis from your doctor, regardless of how long it has been since the accident.
After receiving treatment, your very next phone call should be to a skilled slip and fall lawyer who can work with you to hold those responsible for your accident accountable.
The slip and fall experts at Thistle Law can do just that. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients who suffered internal bleeding and other complications related to slip and fall accidents.