Some head injuries cause chronic problems, such as difficulty with short-term memory or trouble sleeping. However, some injuries require immediate medical intervention. One such injury is internal bleeding in the skull, which is called intracranial hemorrhage.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury, you could deserve compensation. Many of our clients with intracranial hemorrhage suffered a serious blow after a car accident, slip and fall, or violent attack. Please contact a Miami personal injury attorney for information about whether you have a legal claim.
What to Watch Out For
Because the bleeding is internal, you cannot “see” the injury. For that reason, it is all the more vital to pay attention to signs of intracranial hemorrhage after a bad blow to the head:
- Intense headaches that do not subside
- Tingling or weakness in your limbs
- Problems talking
- Difficulty swallowing or drinking
- Blurred vision or blindness
- Progressive loss of consciousness
If you notice any of these symptoms, head to the hospital immediately. Also remember that some bleeding might be minor at first, so you might not immediately be aware that something is wrong. Monitor how you are feeling in the days following an accident.
Why Treatment is Necessary
As blood collects, it puts pressure on your brain. Ultimately, it can lead to permanent brain damage and sometimes even death. At the hospital, a doctor can order a CT or MRI scan to look at what is going on inside your skull. It should reveal whether blood is collecting and pinpoint the cause of the bleeding.
For treatment, doctors might prescribe medication that can improve blood clotting. This can be helpful if you catch the hemorrhage early enough. You might also need surgery which can relieve the pressure on the brain. Surgery can require drilling a burr hole to drain the blood or it could require removing a large section of your skull. This is serious surgery, and many patients need up to three months to fully recover (possibly more).
Recovery can be arduous. Remember to follow your doctor’s orders. For example, many patients must avoid drinking alcohol until they are fully recovered, and some might need to miss work so that they do not strain themselves.
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Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein is a leading Miami personal injury law firm committed to protecting patients’ rights. Many of our clients receive compensation to cover medical care, loss of income, and other damages. Please call us today, 305-371-2692 to schedule a free consultation with our team.