The Kansas City auto accident lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys often write about the importance of getting checked for hidden injuries after a Missouri car accident.  One of those serious, hidden injuries is internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can't be seen from the outside of the body.  It occurs on the inside in the tissues, organs, muscles or joints in the head, abdomen or chest.  
Internal bleeding is just what it sounds like - it is bleeding on the inside of the body that is caused by damage to an artery or vein. As the vein or artery bleeds, the blood collects inside the body.
At first, internal bleeding can feel like bruising. But, as blood continues to collect, there may be other symptoms.  These symptoms depend on the location of the bleeding.
Symptoms of internal bleeding in the head:

  • Headache or pressure
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of vision
  • Confusion
  • Altered mental state
  • Coma

Symptoms of abdominal bleeding:

  • Bruising around the naval
  • Weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain with movement
  • Vomiting bright red blood
  • Bloody or black bowel movements


When you see a doctor after a car accident, the physician will conduct a complete physical examination. If internal bleeding is suspected, a CT scan, ultrasound, or other test may be conducted to find the source of bleeding. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure and repair the source of the bleeding.

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.