An activity or event that causes a hard blow to the abdomen or the back can cause kidney injuries. While these types of injuries aren’t necessarily common in car accidents, the damage they inflict can be extensive when they do occur. That’s why it’s important to identify the signs in time and get the needed medical treatment. This will also help you make an accurate claim to your insurance company.
If you have been in a car crash and you are noticing one of the signs mentioned below, go to the doctor immediately and express your concern about kidney injuries. You should see the doctor regardless, however, if you went through a routine exam and started noticing symptoms after that, it’s time for a new appointment.
Here are five of the most common signs of kidney injury.
Blood in Your Urine
One of the most common signs of kidney damage is hematuria (blood in the urine). The blood may or may not be seen with the naked eye, so urine tests might be needed in some cases.
Bruises on the Back or on the Abdomen
The kidneys are located in the middle of the back, under your rib cage. They can be damaged by a blunt force coming from either side – your back or your abdomen. Children are especially susceptible to suffer kidney damage because of their different physiology. If you notice bruising on your abdomen or back, check for kidney damage as well.
Pain in Your Back or Abdomen
Pain is also a common symptom of kidney trauma. It can be located precisely where the kidneys are or radiate towards your shoulders, lower back, and even your hips and legs. Any type of pain in the abdominal area should be checked right away.
Symptoms of Internal Bleeding
Blunt force to your internal organs and tissue can cause internal bleeding, which can be life-threatening. Symptoms of internal bleeding include: severe weakness, low BP, shortness of breath, paleness, impaired vision, headaches, and fainting. Call an ambulance or go to an ER if you suspect internal bleeding.
If your kidneys are injured, you might go into shock shortly after the event. Signs of shock are pale and cool skin, bluish fingernails and lips, rapid breathing and pulse, nausea, physical weakness, fainting, increased agitation. Emergency care is needed.
If you have one or more of these symptoms or you’re just not feeling very well after your accident, schedule a doctor’s appointment and go through all the necessary tests to get a diagnosis.
Keep copies of your medical records and test results and write down a daily log of your symptoms and mental state. This evidence will help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, hospital admissions and other costs involved during your recovery period.
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