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Abdominal pain after a car accident is a serious risk

These days, it is easy to forget the threat that cars present to us each and every day. Even though most people experience a car accident at some point in their lives, we often forget just how violent car accidents are.

Even a car accident that does not result in obvious injuries may leave victims with invisible injuries that do not cause pain until hours or even days after the accident. Unfortunately, some of these injuries, known as delayed onset injuries, pose serious risks to the safety and health of those who sustain them.

If you recently experienced a car accident, it is wise to seek out medical care to make sure that you catch any delayed onset injuries before they have the opportunity to worsen. If you did suffer an injury, you can consult with an attorney to learn the scope of your accident and create a strategy to pursue fair compensation for your losses and expenses.

Abdominal pain after an accident? Go to an emergency room

Most delayed onset injuries subject their victims to serious, possibly debilitating, pain and discomfort. However, unlike abdominal injuries, these are mostly non-fatal. Abdominal pain following a car accident is a red flag that you may have a very serious medical issue in your internal organs.

If you choose to ignore this warning from your body, you may put your very life in danger. Delayed abdominal pain regularly indicates some form of organ damage or internal bleeding. Organ damage often causes organs to cease their functions, and internal bleeding can easily lead to infections in your blood stream. Once in your circulation system, an infection can quickly, easily spread to any part of your body.

These injuries, left untreated, can cause your body to shut down in a matter of hours or days, killing you fairly quickly. We express this not to frighten you, but to make sure that we clearly convey just how serious such injuries are.

Get the help you need to recover

If you experience delayed pain in your abdomen after a car accident, please stop what you are doing and go to an emergency room or other urgent care provider. Once you address the immediate risks, you have more time to evaluate your options for moving forward.

The process of recovery from an internal injury is rarely quick, so you may experience lost wages at work on top of your medical costs. An attorney can help you create strategies to seek fair compensation and do the heavy lifting so you can focus on what matters most — recovery.

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