If you have any type of accident, some injuries are immediately visible. However, some, such as internal bleeding (or internal haemorrhage), won’t be immediately obvious but can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. If you’ve suffered from internal bleeding following an accident that was not your fault, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Our guide on internal bleeding injury claims sets out the types of incidents that could result in legal action.
We can help if you wish to claim compensation for internal bleeding. First, we’ll assess your case during a free initial consultation. After that, we’ll offer no-obligation advice about what you could do next. If it looks like you should be compensated, one of our personal injury solicitors might offer to help you claim. If they do, they’ll manage your whole claim on a No Win No Fee basis so you’d don’t need to risk any money upfront.
Please call 0800 6524 881 to discuss your case or read on for more on internal bleeding compensation claims.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make An Internal Bleeding Injury Claim?
- Common Causes Of Internal Bleeding
- How Much Compensation For Internal Bleeding Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support An Internal Bleeding Injury Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Internal Bleeding Compensation
- Starting The Internal Bleeding Injury Claims Process
You may be eligible to make an internal bleeding injury claim if:
- Legally, you were owed a duty of care by the defendant; and
- Because the defendant acted negligently, you were involved in an incident or accident; and
- You were diagnosed with internal bleeding as a direct result of that incident or accident.
Your solicitor will check if you were owed a duty of care by the defendant so there’s no need to be too concerned about that aspect. However, you could improve the chances that you’ll be compensated for internal bleeding injuries by collecting evidence to show how and why the accident happened. We’ll provide more information on this later.
Internal bleeding can be caused by many types of accidents involving blunt force trauma. Remember, though, you’ll only be able to make an internal bleeding injury claim if the accident was caused by another party’s negligence.
Some common causes of internal bleeding where a personal injury claim may be possible include:
- Trauma. Accidents such as car crashes, falls from a height at work, sports injuries, or physical assaults at work can cause trauma to the body, leading to internal bleeding. Blunt force trauma or penetrating injuries from a stabbing can damage blood vessels, organs, or tissues, resulting in internal bleeding.
- Fractured bones. Severe fractures or broken bones can cause internal bleeding if blood vessels surrounding the fractured area are damaged or ruptured.
- Head injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can lead to internal bleeding within the brain. Brain injuries can result from a severe blow to the head, a concussion, or a skull fracture.
- Abdominal injuries. Blunt trauma to the abdomen, such as from a road traffic accident or a fall, can cause internal bleeding in organs like the liver, spleen, kidneys, or intestines.
- Organ damage. Conditions that cause damage to organs, such as ulcers, ruptured blood vessels, or tumours, can result in internal bleeding.
- Medication side effects. Certain medications, like blood thinners or anti-inflammatory drugs, can increase the risk of internal bleeding. Illegal drug use, particularly drugs that affect blood clotting, can also lead to internal bleeding.
- Medical procedures. Invasive medical procedures, surgeries, or diagnostic tests that involve puncturing blood vessels or organs can sometimes lead to internal bleeding.
Even if the cause of your internal bleeding isn’t included in this list, please feel free to call. A member of our team will review your claim with you, explain your options and let you know if you might be eligible to claim compensation.
Another reason you might be able to claim compensation for internal bleeding is your suffering was made worse by medical negligence. For example, you could claim if:
- Your doctor failed to spot the signs of internal bleeding (misdiagnosis).
- A surgeon caused internal bleeding because of an error during surgery.
- If your GP failed to order additional tests to identify internal bleeding or those test results were misread.
To make a medical negligence claim for internal bleeding, you will need to prove that a) a medical professional made a mistake and b) that mistake caused you to suffer. A medical negligence solicitor on our team could help you to manage your claim so please get in touch to find out more.
If successful, compensation for internal bleeding should compensate you for a) your pain and suffering (general damages) and b) any associated financial losses (special damages).
General damages compensation is based largely on the severity and type of injury/injuries (including psychological harm) you’ve sustained. To establish this, you’ll have a medical assessment as part of your claim. There’s no reason to be concerned about this though as it will generally be arranged by your solicitor to take place as close to your location as reasonably possible.
In addition to the figures listed above, you might also receive compensation for:
- Medical fees including, in some cases, private hospital treatment.
- Loss of amenity to cover any normal activities affected by your injuries.
- The time somebody else spent looking after you and other care costs.
- Travel expenses.
- Replacement costs for damaged personal property.
- Loss of income (present and future).
- Changes to your home or vehicle to help you adapt if you’ve been left disabled following your accident.
If you are represented by one of our solicitors, they will work with you to find out exactly how internal bleeding has caused you to suffer. They’ll use this information to try and secure the maximum level of compensation possible on your behalf.
The defendant in your claim is likely to refer your solicitor to their insurance company rather than dealing with the claim themselves. As you may be aware, insurers don’t like paying compensation unless they really have to! Therefore, your solicitor will need to convince them why you should be compensated and why the defendant was to blame for your internal bleeding. They’ll use evidence to try and do this including:
- Medical records. Scan results, X-rays and medical notes will be requested from the hospital that treated your internal bleeding to try and prove the extent of your injuries.
- Witness statements. If you collected the contact details of anybody who saw your accident, they may be contacted by your solicitor. Witness statements can help to clarify how and why the accident happened.
- Photographs. Taking pictures at the scene of your accident can be useful. Your photos could help your solicitor determine why the incident occurred and, importantly, who was to blame.
- Accident reports. You should always report accidents wherever possible. In law, most organisations need to keep an accident report book. You are allowed to ask for a copy of the record of your accident which could help to prove its date, time and location.
- Camera footage. CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage is a good way of proving how an accident occurred. If you believe your accident was recorded, ask the owner of the footage to forward you a copy of it.
- Financial records. Keep records of all financial losses and damages resulting from your internal bleeding injury. This includes medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and any other relevant expenses or losses. These records can help establish the extent of your financial losses and the compensation you are entitled to.
When you get in touch, please tell your advisor about any evidence you’ve managed to obtain already as it could speed up the claims process.
If you leave your claim too long, it could be rejected and you wouldn’t be paid compensation for your suffering. That’s because, in the UK, there is a 3-year time limit for personal injury and medical negligence claims.
The limitation period usually starts on either the day that you were injured or the date you were made aware that you’d suffered internal bleeding. However, please don’t hesitate to ask our advisors for clarification as time limits may vary in some circumstances.
If you’re a parent of a child who has been diagnosed with internal bleeding after an accident, you could become a litigation friend and claim at any time before their 18th birthday on their behalf. If you don’t, they’ll then have 3-years to make their own claim.
If you’ve decided that you’d like to claim compensation for internal bleeding, please call 0800 6524 881 today to speak with an advisor. They’ll offer free advice about your case after assessing your claim on a no-obligation basis.
A solicitor on our team might offer to represent you if your claim has a fair chance of success. If they do, their work will be carried out on a No Win No Fee basis so you won’t pay legal fees unless you are compensated.
Please call or use our live chat service if there’s anything further you’d like to know about internal bleeding injury claims.