Internal bleeding is one of the most insidious types of personal injuries. Many times, internal bleeding goes undiagnosed and can lead to severe medical issues and, in severe cases, death. Car accidents, domestic violence, and workplace accidents are a few of the common causes of internal bleeding. Whatever the cause of your internal bleeding, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries in Canada. Treatment for internal bleeding injuries is often extremely costly. Additionally, many internal bleeding injuries are excruciating and cause significant suffering for those affected.
Our Ontario Based Lawyers Skillfully Represent Internal Bleeding Claims
When someone else’s negligent actions caused your internal bleeding injuries, you may have a viable personal injury claim against that person. If you are curious as to whether you are entitled to compensation, Preszler Injury Lawyers offers free personal injury initial consultations at no expense to you.
We will explore the causes of your internal bleeding and advise you as to whether we think you have a viable personal injury claim. Our compassionate lawyers will answer any questions you may have about the legal process and filing a complaint.
Common Causes of Internal Bleeding Injuries
The following accidents can cause the force necessary to result in internal bleeding:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Sports injuries
- Diving accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
Blunt Force Trauma Can Cause Significant Internal Bleeding
Almost all internal bleeding injuries result from impact or force to the body. Blunt force trauma is a common cause of internal bleeding. Sometimes even though the outside of the body does not show any physical signs of injury such as bruising or redness, internal organs become damaged. If the force of impact is strong enough, the lining or capsules of internal organs can become torn, resulting in internal bleeding. If someone’s liver or spleen is compressed by the blunt force trauma, bleeding from these vital organs can spill into the abdominal cavity. When injuries occur near someone’s kidneys, dangerous retroperitoneal bleeding can begin.
Bone Fractures Can Lead to Internal Bleeding
Bone marrow production can become negatively affected when bones fracture or break completely. Bone marrow is vital as it is responsible for the production of blood. When bones break, significant amounts of blood can become lost due to the plentiful blood supply running through every bone in the body become damaged. Some bones cause a considerable force to make them fracture or break. The pelvis bone, for example, is tough to break. The significant amount of force that it takes to break the pelvis bone can result in the tearing of blood vessels surrounding the bone. This massive tearing can result in significant internal bleeding around the area of the bone fracture.
Deceleration Trauma Causes Internal Bleeding
Deceleration trauma happens when a significant force causes organs to shift around inside the body. When internal organs move forcefully, blood vessels often tear from their attached organ. Tearing can lead to intracranial bleeding, epidural, or subdural hematomas.
One of the most severe instances of deceleration trauma relates to brain injuries. A forceful impact to the head can result in acceleration and deceleration injuries to the brain. In other words, upon impact, the brain will slam into the skull and then forcefully push back against the head. This forceful movement inside the skull can cause the surface of the brain itself to tear and the small veins running throughout the brain to tear and cause internal bleeding and pressure on the brain. Internal brain bleeding can cause paralysis, significant cognitive delays, and, in severe cases, even death.
Internal Bleeding Injuries Resulting from Medical Malpractice
In Canada, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or health care provider acts negligently or recklessly in caring for his or her patient, and this negligence causes the patient to suffer an injury. Unfortunately, medical practitioners can negligently cause internal bleeding in their patients in several ways.
Surgeons can negligently cause new internal bleeding by nicking an artery or vein during surgery. In doing so, surgeons can cause additional medical complications, such as the need for more medications and surgeries. In severe cases, an accidental cutting resulting in uncontrollable internal bleeding can lead to death on the operating table.
Failure to Diagnose Internal Bleeding
First, a doctor may negligently fail to diagnose internal bleeding accurately. Symptoms of internal bleeding vary from person to person. In the heat of the moment of treatment, especially at emergency care centers, doctors can fail to notice the signs of internal bleeding. A medical doctor has a duty to provide reasonable care to his or her patients under the circumstances. This level of care includes recognizing the common symptoms of internal bleeding, such as:
- Black stools or blood in the patient’s urine
- Blood coming out of any orifices such as the nose, ears or mouth
- Nausea, dizziness, or reduced mental function
- Shock resulting from a decrease in the amount of blood in the body
- Bodily trauma
- Damaged blood vessels
Failure to accurately diagnose internal bleeding can lead to severe medical conditions. Internal bleeding can result in a significant loss of function in vital organs. In severe cases, undiagnosed internal bleeding can lead to death.
Contact Preszler Injury Lawyers About Compensation for Your Internal Bleeding Injuries
If you have suffered from complications of internal bleeding due to medical malpractice, our lawyers are here to help. We conduct thorough investigations into the causes of our client’s internal bleeding. Our experienced investigators draw out all of the relevant facts surrounding the internal bleeding. We work with expert witnesses who can testify as to how the medical malpractice and resulting injuries negatively affect your day to day life.
Whether your internal bleeding injuries happened as a result of medical malpractice or as the result of an accident, we are here to help. We advocate assertively for our clients so that they can receive the compensation they need to support themselves and their families. Do not delay, contact us today to set up your free initial consultation at one of our many Ontario based law offices.