It is a good precautionary measure to have a doctor examine you after you are involved in a car accident. A thorough examination is necessary to eliminate the possibility of any immediate problems that can occur. However, despite seeing your physician immediately, they may fail to discover certain kinds of injuries. Some injuries do not show symptoms on the spot, which means you might only realize the extent of your hurt when symptoms start manifesting after days or weeks have passed. One of these symptoms is to begin experiencing lower abdominal pain long after a car accident.
Usually, abdominal pain after accidents is common due to your sudden lurch and the subsequent restraint of the seat belt as it maintains you in your car seat. However, prolonged abdominal pain might point to a more serious issue. A car accident lawyer can help guide you through your next steps while also working to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
What does “seat belt syndrome” mean?
Though seatbelts prevent serious injuries during accidents by keeping you in your seat they can lead to harm as well. This kind of damage is so pervasive that it has been regarded as a syndrome.
Symptoms that are visible include scrape or graze like abrasions around the abdomen, chest, and neck. At times, these abrasions are indicators that imply there is a likelihood of internal injuries.
It is quite normal to feel some pain and soreness in your stomach region as a result of the seatbelt’s pressure. However, if you experience some of the following serious conditions, you may have “seat belt syndrome” and should visit your physician immediately.
- Abdominal cramps
- A queasy nauseous feeling
- Stomach pain
- Swelling around the abdomen
- Nearly black or deep purple bruising on the abdomen
These signs could be symptoms of internal bleeding, which means a doctor visit should be done urgently to prevent any serious consequences. In some cases, small intestinal swelling and tearing can be the reason. In other scenarios, the problem may be more serious. Contacting a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases can give you a great resource.
What additional information do I require on abdominal pain?
Even if the pain does not manifest itself right away, abdominal pain can emerge a bit later. While a bit of pain is expected, extreme pain or long-lasting abdominal pains are associated with organ damage, serious swelling, and bleeding and other possibly dangerous problems. In some instances, however, it may be as simple as a reflex to the extra stress that comes with involvement in a car accident.
If you are experiencing any level of pain, visit your physician immediately. Prolonged pain that extends beyond one or two days without subsiding should be a cause for concern that should not be ignored.
Dizziness, a “spinning” feeling, and confusion are sometimes due to blood loss. If your pain is accompanied by these symptoms, rush to your doctor.
Contact A Car Accident Attorney Today
Serious injuries and internal bleeding symptoms need urgent medical attention, also they require legal consideration as well. Even if it is not clear or evident currently, this kind of injury can adversely impact the remaining part of your life. The Weinstein Firm will investigate and look into your situation and let you know what the appropriate legal recourse is. Contact us at 707-HELP-NOW or fill in the questionnaire provided on the right for a free appointment today!