Intracranial Brain Hemorrhage – Compensation for your Loss
If you receive a violent blow to the head or experience a sudden jolt that causes your head to be thrown violently forward and back or side to side...
you could suffer a brain hemorrhage. Many people suffer serious traumatic brain injuries each year, and many people who suffer traumatic brain injuries also experience intracranial brain hemorrhages. An intracranial brain hemorrhage is commonly called a brain bleed. Instead of referring to an intracranial brain hemorrhage as a brain bleed, a neurologist would instead refer to a bleed according to its precise location.
Where Hemorrhages Occur In The Brain
Brain bleeds can occur in two main areas, including inside of the skull but outside of the brain or inside of the brain. Bleeding that occurs inside of the skull but outside of the brain can occur between three membrane layers that cover the brain and protect the tissue. These membranes or meninges include the pia mater, arachnoid, and dura mater. An epidural hemorrhage occurs between the dura mater and the skull bone. The dura mater is the outermost meninge layer. A subdural hemorrhage occurs between the arachnoid and dura mater. A subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs between the pia mater and the arachnoid. Bleeding between the meninges can place pressure on the brain and damage its tissues. Doctors might need to monitor the pressure and relieve it. Hemorrhages can also occur within the brain’s tissues. These types of hemorrhages can include intracerebral or intraventricular hemorrhages. In an intracerebral hemorrhage, a victim will experience bleeding within the lobes, cerebellum, or pons. In an intraventricular hemorrhage, a patient will bleed in the ventricles. These are cavities in the brain that produce cerebrospinal fluid.
Damage Caused By Brain Hemorrhages
The brain cannot store oxygen and relies on the vascular system for a supply of nutrients and oxygen. When a person suffers a brain hemorrhage, blood can pool and place pressure on the brain. If the blood vessels are torn, they can leak blood and prevent oxygen from reaching the tissue the ruptured vessels supply. If a brain hemorrhage interrupts the flow of blood to or around the brain and deprives it of oxygen for longer than three to four minutes, the brain cells will begin to die. Prolonged oxygen deprivation to the brain can also damage the nerves and the functions that they control. Brain hemorrhages normally happen suddenly. Brain hemorrhages can cause permanent brain damage and can be life-threatening. The seriousness of a brain hemorrhage depends on its location, size, cause, and how long before it is treated. The impact will also depend on your age and overall health. Brain cells do not regenerate once they die, and the damage can result in life-long physical and mental disabilities.
Causes Of Brain Hemorrhages Caused By Head Trauma
Brain hemorrhages can be caused by trauma to the head in the following types of incidents:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Contact sports
- Violent assaults
- Defective helmets
- Motorcycle collisions
- Slips and falls
- Falling objects
- Construction site accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
Potential Damages For A Brain Hemorrhage Caused By Trauma
If you or your loved one suffered a brain hemorrhage caused by a traumatic brain injury, you might be entitled to pursue compensation if someone else caused the injury and accident. The damages that might be available will depend on the severity of your injuries, your prognosis, and other factors.
Some of the types of compensation that might be available to you include the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future rehabilitation costs
- Past lost wages
- Loss of the ability to earn an income in the future
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
- Lost rights to an inheritance in wrongful death cases
- Funeral and burial expenses in wrongful death cases
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma/mental anguish
- Loss of consortium and/or guidance
In some cases, doctors and other medical providers will fail to identify n intracranial brain hemorrhage when they treat patients. Failing to diagnose a brain hemorrhage can result in serious harm or death and could form the basis of a viable medical malpractice claim.
Symptoms Of A Brain Bleed After Hitting The Head
Doctors should be trained to recognize the signs of a brain hemorrhage, including the following:
- Severe headaches
- Changes in vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of coordination
- Leg or arm weakness
Get Help From A Philadelphia Brain Injury Attorney
Recovering compensation following a brain injury will require you to work with medical experts and knowledgeable attorneys who have experience handling brain injury matters. Claims involving brain hemorrhages and traumatic brain injuries can be very complex, and the injuries can result in lifelong disabilities requiring ongoing care. Many people who have suffered brain hemorrhages and resulting damage might also have post-traumatic amnesia, making it important to work with a reconstruction expert to reconstruct what occurred if the injury resulted from a car accident. If the injury was caused by the malpractice of a treating physician, you will need to retain a medical expert to assess the viability of your claim, the applicable standard of care, and how the doctor’s treatment failed to meet the standard of care and caused your injuries.
The attorneys at Raynes & Lawn are experienced in handling brain injury claims and have more than 50 years of experience. We can evaluate your claim during a free consultation so that you understand your legal rights. To learn more about the potential legal remedies, contact us today by filling out our online contact form or by calling us at 1-800-535-1797.
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