Symptoms of a Brain Bleed After a Head Injury
Head injury victims can suffer from a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, nausea, confusion, paralysis, and more. It can be hard to know just how serious a head injury is if there are no obvious outward signs of severe trauma like penetration of the skull or a giant lump on the head. This can be dangerous because sometimes a head injury that may appear minor at the time can actually be extremely serious. So how can you know if your head injury is serious? One way is the look for the symptoms of a brain bleed after a head injury.
A traumatic brain injury is caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head. Common causes include car accidents, work accidents, sports injuries, product liability injuries, and falls. Any one of these can cause a head injury with a brain bleed. There are time limitations associated with brain injury claims, so if another party is responsible for your injury, you generally have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. The sooner you reach out for legal counsel, the better, in order to preserve both evidence and memories of the event.
A hematoma is a blood clot your body forms when trying to stop internal bleeding. Hematomas can range in size and severity; and, in the brain, there are three main types:
- Epidural hematoma: a clot that forms between the skull and the dura lining of the brain
- Subdural hematoma: a clot that forms between the dura and the arachnoid (outside of the brain)
- Intracerebral hematoma: a clot that forms within the brain tissue
Bleeding and added pressure on the brain form collections of blood that can be life-threatening. In a subdural hematoma, the bleeding is under the skull and outside of the brain, not inside the brain itself. As blood pools, the pressure on the brain increases and can become so severe that it causes unconsciousness or even death.
Head Injury Symptoms
Depending on the location and type of brain injury, a head injury victim with a brain bleed can have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Difficulty speaking
- Loss of fine motor skills
- Vision issues
- Sleep disturbances
- Loss of balance
- Changes in behavior
Symptoms can vary based on the brain injury victim’s age and other medical conditions. Also, those who have blood disorders and/or who take blood thinners are more likely to develop a brain bleed after a head injury.
How To Diagnose a Brain Bleed
After suffering an injury to the head, you should seek medical attention. After head or brain trauma, a doctor will review their symptoms, but many patients will undergo head imaging, usually via a CT scan or MRI. These tests create images of the interior of the skull. A CT scan can detect bleeding in your brain and contrast dye can also be injected to view greater detail. An MRI can also detect a brain bleed and can also have dye added to highlight blood flow. On occasion, a doctor will use cerebral angiography, where they insert a catheter into an artery in your leg and thread it up into your brain to inject dye so your brain’s blood vessels are visible on an x-ray. This is usually only used if the other tests fail to show a brain bleed but one is still suspected. Up to 22% of brain bleeds don’t appear on initial imaging, so be sure to be diligent if symptoms persist. You should ask for repeat scans a few days after the initial trauma to see if there have been noticeable changes or ask your treating physician about other diagnostic testing – such as a lumbar puncture – which might be helpful.
Amarillo Brain Injury Lawyers
You can seek compensation from the party responsible for causing your injuries. Speaking to an attorney with specific knowledge of brain injuries and their effects can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your case. Accident victims are typically able to achieve better case results with an experienced personal injury lawyer on their side since they know how to prove the full extent of your damages. Brain injury damages can include pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, emotional distress, medical bills, lost wages, and more.
It’s important to choose a lawyer who is not only experienced but ethical, compassionate, and committed to you, your loved ones, and your case. The lawyers of Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough have dedicated trial lawyers and upstanding members of their community who are ready and able to serve you in your time of need. We offer free and confidential consultations in all personal injury cases, including those involving traumatic brain injury, head injury, and/or brain bleeds.