According to 2012 traffic safety fact data, every seven minutes in the United States, a pedestrian is struck and injured by a car, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In most cases, the pedestrian accident injuries are relatively severe and obvious, and the victim is rushed to the hospital for treatment. But, in less dramatic cases in which the pedestrian is still left standing with no real apparent external damage, how do you know whether or not there’s any internal damage?
Signs of Internal Injury
Nearly any organ or blood vessel can sustain damaged when struck by a blunt force, such as in a car accident. The greatest sources of internal bleeding include this list.
- Head trauma
- Damage to the lungs or heart
- Tears in the larger blood vessels near the center of the body
- Injuries to the abdomen, liver, or other soft organs
The signs and symptoms of internal damage depend upon where in the body the damage was done, and how severe the impact.
Below are some of the signs you should know.
- Pain and swelling
- Lightheadedness and dizziness
- Deep purple areas on the skin
- Tightness and rigidity in the area of impact
- Loss of range of motion
- Weakness, slurred speak, vision loss
- A headache, confusion, disorientation
- Shortness of breath
- Blood in the urine
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of consciousness
Don’t Risk It, Get a Medical Evaluation
The tricky thing about internal damage is that it can take many hours to manifest any symptoms. If left untreated, though, it can be fatal. Regardless of whether or not you notice any external signs of injury, you should always seek medical evaluation after an accident, especially one in which you’ve been struck by a vehicle.
At the hospital, the doctors can use imaging tests and your vital signs to discern any signs of internal damage. Don’t worry too much about hospital costs after a pedestrian accident as, usually, car insurance will cover you if you’re hit while walking.
If an injury is suspected, they might perform explorative surgery to confirm it, and if necessary, perform corrective surgery. Treatment for internal damage revolves around stopping the bleeding, repairing any damaged structures, and using an I.V. and blood transfusion if too much blood has been lost.
Your health is paramount. Do yourself a favor and go get checked by a physician.
Recovering Your Damages
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident and have sustained considerable damages, you will want to speak to a lawyer about ways to pursue compensation. For legal help in Pennsylvania, you are welcome to contact an injury attorney at Cordisco & Saile LLC. Call today at 215-642-2335 for a free consultation.