The trauma from a car accident can lead to serious internal injuries, even in cases where you do not appear to suffer significant external injuries. It is very important to know what signs and symptoms to watch out for so that you can seek immediate medical attention. Some internal injuries can be fatal if left untreated.
One serious injury to be aware of is a pulmonary contusion, or a bruised lung. Some common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath, as if you cannot take full, deep breaths even when concentrating on it
- General pain in your chest, especially while you breathe
- Significant coughing that is not caused by anything else
- Low energy levels, which could be tied to more shallow breathing
- An increased heart rate as your body struggles to move oxygen to your organs
- Wheezing when you try to breathe or exert yourself
- Rapid breathing, which usually means taking more shallow breaths
- Skin that feels clammy and cool
- A drop in your blood pressure
- Skin that appears slightly blue, which is known as cyanosis
- A crackling sound that you can hear within your chest
- Coughing up even a small amount of blood, which is known as hemoptysis
If you have these symptoms, you must take them seriously. Lung injuries need to be checked out by a trained medical professional, especially when accompanied by serious symptoms like blue skin or notable blood when you cough.
The treatment for this type of injury can be expensive and healing times can keep you out of work. When facing these costs, make sure you know how to seek financial compensation.