Internal bleeding can be one of the most serious consequences of a workplace injury. While employees in many industries can suffer this life-threatening condition, factory workers, construction workers, and truck drivers are especially at risk due to the dangers of accidents caused by working with heavy machinery, falling, and vehicle accidents.
Internal bleeding is caused by blunt trauma to the body, such as when a person is injured in a vehicle accident or fall, or when an object, such as malfunctioning construction equipment, strikes the body. The blood vessels can become torn or crushed, leading to internal bleeding. While many organs and blood vessels in the body can be injured and cause internal bleeding, the most serious sources of this condition include:
- Head trauma with internal bleeding
- Bleeding around the lungs
- Bleeding around the heart
- Tears in blood vessels near the center of the body
- Bleeding around the liver or kidneys caused by trauma to the abdomen
Symptoms of Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding is often the result of a serious injury that requires prompt medical care. However, in some less serious accidents, the person may not realize he is experiencing internal bleeding or the bleeding may not begin until hours or days after the accident. Symptoms a person needs to watch out for include:
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Light-headedness, dizziness, or fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Confusion, slurred speech, or loss of vision
- A large area of deeply purple skin
- Swelling, tightness, and pain in the leg
- Headache and loss of consciousness
In serious situations, a person could need immediate surgery, and internal bleeding is often associated with internal organ damage. However, he may be entitled to workers’ compensation for his medical bills and lost wages while he is off work healing from his injuries.
Injuries on the Job Can Lead To Internal Bleeding and Require a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you or a loved one suffered internal bleeding as a result of a workplace accident, call me at 877-360-0183 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn about the compensation you could be entitled to under workers’ compensation and how I can help you obtain it.