Suffering a blunt force impact to the head can result in a wide range of injuries, many of which fall under the broad category of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). One specific type of brain injury often encountered by accident victims is a brain contusion, which results in swelling and bleeding inside the brain at the point of impact. While brain contusions are related to concussions, they are quite different, with the latter referring to widespread brain trauma. Contusions, on the other hand, actually involve the pooling or collection of blood in a specific area in the brain and tend to have more far-reaching consequences for patients.
Accident victims who suffer from these kinds of injuries because of someone else’s negligence should not be forced to shoulder the burden of paying for medical bills and lost wages on their own. To learn more about the recovery process for those who sustain accident-related brain contusions, please reach out to our experienced Miami brain injury lawyers today.
What are Brain Contusions?
Brain contusions are areas of bleeding on the surface of the brain, usually along the frontal and temporal lobes, that occur when the brain strikes a ridge on the skull upon sustaining a significant impact. The brain then continues to swell in the injured area, putting pressure on the skull itself. While they can occur without any other form of bleeding, brain contusions are often accompanied by serious hematoma and hemorrhaging. Most accident victims who suffer from brain contusions experience a loss of consciousness upon impact, begin to develop swelling in the injured area within 48 to 72 hours after the accident, and may also suffer from severe headache, vomiting, seizures, problems with coordination, and confusion. Brain contusions are one of the most severe TBIs that a person can experience, with many patients suffering from permanent disability, even after obtaining treatment.
How are Brain Contusions Diagnosed and Treated?
Brain contusions are most accurately diagnosed by using computed tomography (CT) scans, which combine a series of x-rays from different angles to create cross-sectional images not only of the bones but also of the blood vessels and soft tissues. Once diagnosed, a patient suffering from a brain contusion will need to obtain treatment immediately. In mild cases, this may only involve close observation at a hospital, while in serious cases, a person could require brain surgery to decrease pressure on the brain or to remove blood clots. Both diagnosis and treatment of severe TBIs like brain contusions are expensive, making it especially important for accident victims to seek compensation from the parties responsible for their injuries.
Contact a Miami Brain Injury Lawyer for Help
If you or a loved one suffered a brain contusion in a Florida accident, the dedicated brain injury attorneys at Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum, LLP can help explain your rights and seek compensation for youbrir losses. To set up a consultation, call us at 305-371-2692 or fill out one of our online contact forms today.