Brain Hemorrhages Can Cause Motorcycle Accident Victims to Suffer Permanent Brain Damage
Head injuries are some of the most devastating injuries that motorcycle riders can suffer in an accident. While wearing a helmet can lessen the brain damage, it does not give the motorcyclist complete protection. When a rider’s head hits the hard ground or an object in a crash, his brain can be shaken violently within his skull. This can cause a brain hemorrhage where arteries and blood vessels burst and bleed inside or outside the brain, depending on where the injury is. Wherever this occurs, brain hemorrhages put pressure on the brain and reduce the blood supply to brain tissues—often with life-threatening results.
Motorcyclists Can Suffer These Types of Brain Hemorrhages in a Crash
Unfortunately the symptoms of a brain hemorrhage are not always apparent right after a motorcycle accident. They may develop over time as the blood accumulates within the person’s brain. Signs a cyclist suffered a brain hemorrhage include:
- Headaches that increase in frequency
- Slurred speech
- Increase in blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Lack of energy
Motorcycle accident victims need to be aware of the symptoms of brain hemorrhages and watch for them even if they do not believe they suffered a head injury. If symptoms emerge, immediate medical attention is needed to prevent permanent brain damage or death. Types of brain hemorrhages motorcyclists could develop include:
- Subdural hematoma. These hemorrhages can be acute, where the symptoms appear immediately and are extremely dangerous; subacute, where the symptoms develop over weeks; or chronic, where the bleeding is much slower and the person may not even realize he injured his head. Immediate medical treatment is required as soon as symptoms develop—or earlier—to prevent permanent brain damage.
- Epidural hematoma. While some people remain conscious, most become extremely drowsy or comatose immediately after the injury. This type of hemorrhage can be fatal if the accident victim does not receive immediate treatment.
- Intraparenchymal hematoma. This occurs when blood pools within the brain, and a person can suffer multiple hemorrhages that can cause permanent brain damage.
Treatment for brain hemorrhages often involves surgery to drain the blood or to open the skull to reduce the pressure. Even with treatment, the person can face a long-term recovery that could still leave him with permanent brain damage.
If you or a family member suffered a brain hemorrhage or other injury in a motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Call me at 888.716.8021 today to schedule a free consultation.