After a car crash, you knew that you’d have some bruising. What you didn’t expect was that they’d be as bad as they are. They seem to get worse by the minute.

One thing that you should know is that you could have internal bruising or internal bleeding that needs to be addressed. While a simple bruise isn’t usually a big deal, having bruises that grow in size rapidly is a sign that you could have serious internal bleeding. Internal bruising can also show that you have injuries to deep tissues within your body. Even your organs can have bruises.

What are some symptoms of internal bruising?

Internal bruising may have symptoms such as:

  • Blood in your urine
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain and tenderness

A hematoma, or pool of blood, that surrounds the area that was injured is what ultimately causes the bruise to form.

When is internal bruising a sign of something more serious?

Internal bruising can be a sign of something more serious when you have symptoms such as:

  • Pale skin
  • Shallow breathing
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • A fever above 100.4°F (38°C)
  • Numbness, weakness or pain in one or both legs with bruising on the back
  • Rapid pulse

These symptoms could be a sign that you have internal bleeding or are going into shock.

While bruising isn’t always serious, the fact is that it shows that you have been injured and could be a sign of significant injuries internally. If you have bruises that rapidly change size or shape, go to the hospital immediately. Your medical provider should look carefully for internal injuries and treat them as appropriate. Don’t delay going to seek medical help. The at-fault driver in your car crash may be held liable for the damages.