There are a number of life-threatening injuries that one can develop and suffer from following a serious motor vehicle accident. Brain bleeding, a traumatic brain injury, is an incredibly severe injury that could have devastating consequences for a crash victim. There are many questions surrounding serious physical injuries, including brain bleeding, after a car accident, and Barrios Virgüez wants to help.
First, it is crucial to seek immediate medical care if you suspect any type of injury after an accident.
What Is Brain Bleeding?
The medical term for brain bleeding is Intracranial Hematoma. This is different than the other three types of brain hemorrhages; Epidural Hematoma, Subdural Hematoma, and Subarachnoid Hematoma.
Brain bleeding is caused by blunt force trauma to the head and skull. Blood vessels burst, and a collection of blood builds up between the brain and the skull.
Your brain will be deprived of oxygen which can lead to death fairly quickly if left untreated. The nerve cells in your brain will not be able to communicate with the other parts of your body. In turn, your other vital organs may shut down if the brain cannot communicate with them. This is a very serious medical condition, and it should be treated as such.
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What Are the Symptoms of Brain Bleeding?
The bleeding in the brain from an intracranial hematoma usually trickles out. Therefore, you might not feel any symptoms at first. Once the blood starts to excessively build up in your brain tissue or right outside your skull, you will start feeling more symptoms, which can include:
- Severe headaches
- Neck stiffness
- Difficulty with moving (paralysis)
- Muscle aches (neck and shoulders especially)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness and alertness
- Mood and personality changes
- Slurred Speech
- Vision problems (sensitivity to light)
You can even die from an Intracranial Hematoma if it goes untreated. You should be thoroughly examined by paramedics at the scene of the accident, even if you are feeling fine. Seek out medical attention immediately if you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms anytime after the initial car accident.
What Is the Diagnosis Process for Brain Bleeding?
Intracranial hematoma can take hours or even days for the pain and symptoms to take effect due to the gradual bleeding. This can make it difficult for paramedics at the scene of the accident to properly diagnose any injury. Do not take this as meaning that you should not be checked out by paramedics because a thorough exam is still crucial to your safety and well-being.
A doctor can order a specialized test after conducting an exam on you to help determine if you have brain bleeding. These specialized tests are usually CT Scans, MRI scans, and angiograms. After inspecting the results of these tests, the doctors and specialists can determine if you have an Intracranial Hematoma or some other serious condition.
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What Is the Treatment for Brain Bleeding?
Treatment for brain bleeding can be quite excessive and strenuous. This is because the top priorities for doctors are to remove the blood swelling up near your skull and to stop the bleeding altogether. Medical professionals have two primary treatment plans to achieve this: burr hole trephination (surgical drainage) and craniotomy.
Craniotomy entails doctors removing a fragment of your skull to gain better access to the source of the brain bleed. From there, they will try and stop the bleeding. Then they will replace the fragment of your skull that they removed.
Burr hole trephination entails doctors drilling a small hole into the part of your skull where the blood is piling up in order to slowly drain it out. The suctioning out of the blood helps relieve pressure on your brain and ease the pain that you are feeling.
The recovery period for both of these procedures depends on the severity of the brain bleeding and when you were diagnosed. However, it could take months and even years of occupational and physical therapy to help you recover.
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What Are the Long-Term Effects of a Brain Bleed?
An intracranial hematoma and any other type of brain hemorrhage is a serious and complicated injury to suffer from and overcome. Even after all the doctor’s visits, surgical operations, and physical therapy sessions, there may still be long-term effects that last for quite some time (or permanently). These long-term effects include:
- Poor judgment
- Memory loss
- Loss of vision
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty speaking
- Partial paralysis
These long-term effects also depend on a variety of other factors, such as how severe your brain hemorrhage was, your age, when you first got diagnosed, and your overall health and well-being. The serious nature of this condition can also end up killing you despite all the hours and dollars spent on treatment options and the best intentions of doctors.
Can You Sue for Brain Bleeding After a Car Accident?
Knowing your legal rights and what you can and not sue for following a major car accident can be tricky. You can and should file a lawsuit if you were not the cause of the collision (or even if you were partially responsible for the incident). It is essential that you hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her reckless driving; however, suing someone can always be challenging without the aid of a personal injury lawyer.
Personal injury attorneys from Barrios Virgüez have years of experience dealing with cases like yours.
We know that these are trying times for you and your loved ones, and our intention is to help return a bit of normalcy and peace back into your lives. To achieve this, we plan to hold the at-fault driver responsible for their negligent actions, negotiate with your insurance companies to ensure that you are getting treated fairly, and secure a financial compensation package for all the pain and suffering you have gone through.
You do not have to suffer alone – call a Barrios Virgüez personal injury attorney today and receive a free consultation.