How to Know if You Have a Brain Bleed After an Auto Accident

brain bleed

While all injuries suffered from a car accident can be a pain, some are much more serious than others. Brain bleeds can result in permanent brain damage or can even be fatal. 

Brain bleeds occur when blood vessels in your head rupture and trap blood between your brain and your skull, causing immense pressure to build on the brain. The biggest issue with diagnosing a brain bleed is the fact that these injuries often go undiscovered for an extended period of time. It may take days or even weeks before you feel symptoms. That’s why it’s always in your best interest to seek medical attention after an auto accident.

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Doctors can run the proper diagnostic tests and scans to determine if you have any internal injuries, such as a brain bleed, long before you may even know there’s a problem and it’s too late. 

Time isn’t on your side when it comes to brain bleed injuries. In fact, a quicker diagnosis can be the difference between life and death – or at least very serious traumatic brain injuries. If you fail to seek treatment and are suffering from a brain bleed, it will continue to cause you more damage and can result in loss of consciousness, inability to breathe, permanent disability, or even death.

A brain bleed that occurs following a car accident generally occurs when someone’s cerebrum rapidly jerks back and forth and strikes the skull violently. When it hits the skull, it can cause the rupturing of blood vessels and can cause blood to pool between the brain and the skull. This is what creates increasing pressure on the brain. 

Brain Bleed Symptoms

Since internal injuries can be delayed in revealing symptoms, it’s always best to seek medical attention after any accident. However, even if you don’t seek medical attention immediately, be sure to do so as soon as you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache (usually sudden and near the back of the head)
  • Loss of feeling
  • Loss of or difficulty with movement (paralysis)
  • Stiff neck
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Aching muscles
  • Seizure
  • Sudden loss of or decreased consciousness
  • Changes to mood or personality
  • Vision issues 
  • Sensitivity to light 

If you experience any of the abovementioned symptoms, be sure to seek immediate medical attention, inform your auto insurance of the accident, and refrain from signing anything without first speaking with a qualified personal injury attorney.

MPJ Law Firm Can Help Those in NM Who Have Been Injured in a Car Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it can greatly impact your life. It can be difficult enough to deal with your substantial injuries, but it can be even harder when you are left to pick up the pieces financially. You should never have to pay the price for someone else’s mistakes. 

At MPJ Law Firm, we have a deep understanding of car accidents and understand the effects that such accidents often have on just about all aspects of your life. We will always act in your best interest. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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