When an accident or trauma occurs, one of the most severe injuries that may result is an injury to the head or brain. One type of brain injury is known as a brain hemorrhage. A brain hemorrhage is bleeding in the brain. It is crucial for victims of accidents or trauma to seek immediate medical treatment if a brain hemorrhage is suspected.
What is a Brain Hemorrhage?
A brain hemorrhage, also known as an intracranial hemorrhage, a cerebral hemorrhage, or an intracerebral hemorrhage, is a type of stroke. Studies have shown that brain hemorrhages account for approximately 13% of all strokes. In a brain hemorrhage caused by an accident or trauma impacting the head or brain, an artery in the brain bursts. This causes localized bleeding in the surrounding tissues. This blood irritates the brain tissues, resulting in swelling that is known as cerebral edema. The pooled blood collects into a mass that is known as a hematoma. The bleeding increases the pressure on the brain tissue, reducing vital blood flow to the area. This in turn kills brain cells.
A brain hemorrhage can occur in many places, including the following:
- Inside the brain
- Between the brain and the membranes that cover it
- Between the layers of the brain’s covering
- Between the skull and the covering of the brain
This frightening injury can happen as a result of injury to the head, high blood pressure, an aneurysm, blood vessel abnormalities, blood or bleeding disorders, liver disease, or brain tumors.
Regardless of the cause of a brain hemorrhage, the effects may be serious and long lasting. Victims may need ongoing treatment, resulting in significant cost. It is important to seek prompt legal attention in order to protect your rights to a potential claim and possible compensation. We understand that this may be a new experience for those who have never pursued a personal injury claim in the past. To get started learning more, we encourage you to check out our free guide, the 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.