Contusion and Your Car Accident
Michigan brain injury lawyer answers frequently asked questions – so you can best protect yourself in case of a brain contusion
A contusion, otherwise referred to as a “bruise on the brain,” is a serious and common brain injury for auto accident victims. Below are some FAQs to help educate you on your path to recovery.
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- What is a contusion?
- What causes a contusion?
- What are the symptoms of a contusion?
- What are the risks of having a brain contusion?
- What should I do if I think I have a contusion?
Closed head injuries known as “contusions” are common among car accident and truck accident victims. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines a “contusion” as “a bruise on the brain,” which means blood has leaked from veins and mixed with brain tissue.
Traffic accidents are one of the most common causes of closed head injuries, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It ‘s easy to see how a contusion can result from an auto accident. For example, in a car crash, a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body of an accident victim can cause the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can bang against the inside of the skull and be bruised.
Contusions can be minor with few symptoms and little/no brain damage, or they can be very severe. People with severe contusions often spend some time unconscious following the car accident, and upon awaking are confused, tired, emotional or upset. More severe contusions lead to brain swelling, which can cause more brain damage.
Other symptoms of brain contusions may include:
- Memory loss
- Attention problems
- Emotional disturbances
- Difficulty with motor skills and coordination
- Loss of ability to understand speech or to speak
(Source – brainandspinalcord.org)
The risks and prognosis for contusion depends upon the severity of the personal injury. Minor contusions are able to heal on their own, while very severe contusions can cause herniation of the brain, and eventually coma.
An contusion can be life-threatening. Emergency medical treatment is usually necessary. Please, seek immediate medical attention after any significant blow to the head. And remember, symptoms of brain contusion may not be immediately apparent. Watch for subsequent physical, mental and emotional changes.
In addition, tell a family member or a close friend if you’ve experienced any type of head trauma, as head trauma can often result in memory loss.
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