Car accidents are violent experiences for the human body, and even relatively minor accidents can produce surprisingly serious injuries. Often, when a person experiences a car accident, he or she receives injuries that do not produce pain immediately, known as delayed-pain injuries.
While many of these injuries can produce long-lasting effects and may create lasting discomfort or even disability, delayed pain injuries in a person's abdomen are immediate emergencies.
If you or someone you love recently experienced a car accident and now feels abdominal pain, you should stop what you are doing immediately and seek professional medical care. This is not a matter to handle at the end of an episode or after work. If you ignore abdominal pain after an accident, you may ignore the morning signs of a serious internal injury that could turn fatal in hours or even minutes.
What does delayed abdominal pain indicate?
Delayed abdominal pain can indicate many things, and it is important to note that not all of them are fatal. A car accident is an extremely stressful experience, so it is possible that abdominal pain is related to that stress and not an internal injury.
However, it is nearly impossible to know whether or not abdominal pain indicates a potentially deadly injury without proper medical examination. If you experience this pain, it is unwise to avoid treatment. Even putting off medical care for a matter of hours may be too long in some cases.
The two possible abdominal injuries that cause the greatest concern in these cases are internal bleeding and organ damage. Excessive internal bleeding is dangerous not only because of the risks of excessive blood loss, but because tears in a victims circulatory system can spread an infection around the injured site to other areas of the body, including the brain.
Organ damage is also potentially fatal if left untreated. Organs that suffer damage in an accident may not cause pain immediately, but may still cease functioning, entering into organ failure. Organ failure is both a slow and painful way to die.
Get the help you need to recover
Once you receive proper medical care, you may find that you have grounds for a personal injury suit. If you wish to focus on your physical needs over pursuing a claim, an experienced attorney can help you build a strong claim and keep your rights protected while you work toward recovery.