Symptoms Associated With Stomach Injuries Following a Car Accident
Victims of collisions can potentially suffer many different types of car accident injuries, often at the same time. Some of these car accident injuries are obvious to medical personnel, such as bruises, lacerations, or broken bones. However, other kinds of injuries may not be readily apparent to the victim in the aftermath of car accident. Concussions, whiplash, or spinal injuries fall into this latter category.
Stomach injuries (also known as abdominal trauma) are also frequently overlooked by patients, paramedics, nurses, and even doctors in the hours after a crash. This is understandable if the patient has sustained other injuries which are more noticeable and/or painful. But if left alone, stomach injuries can sometimes cause more serious problems that can threaten the life of the patient.
Believe it or not, car accidents are a common cause of stomach injuries, especially if a driver or passenger is not wearing a seat belt. The stomach can be impacted by a steering wheel, gearshift, or portion of a car door - and many times, these blows can damage internal organs and cause internal hemorrhaging which can do serious harm if left untreated.
Some of the organs which are susceptible to damage from a stomach injury include
- abdominal aorta
- small bowel
As you might have guessed, the most frequently-reported symptom of stomach injuries is pain. But as previously noted, stomach pain might not manifest itself in auto accident victims who are experiencing pain or discomfort in many parts of their body.
Other symptoms associated with stomach injuries
- chills or a cold feeling
Again, it is not uncommon for an accident victim to fail to exhibit obvious symptoms of stomach injuries shortly after a car crash. So if a first responder or health care professional does not diagnose the stomach injuries immediately, they can lead to serious complications for a patient. That's why it's important for accident victims to not feel guilty or ashamed for reporting symptoms of stomach injuries hours or even days after a motor vehicle collision. Furthermore, these patients are still entitled to receive reimbursement for medical expenses incurred to treat stomach injuries through a personal injury lawsuit - even if those injuries weren't discovered during an initial medical examination.
An experienced car accident attorney can answer any questions that you may have regarding stomach injuries that were suffered during a collision.