A brain contusion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results in a bruise to the brain. This type of contusion can cause swelling and bleeding inside the brain in the location where the head was hit. Although related, a brain contusion is very different from a concussion. While both injuries usually occur after a blow to the head or a fall, a concussion usually refers to “widespread brain trauma,” is specific to the brain, and may not present with bruises. A contusion, on the other hand, is a collection of blood, is sometimes referred to as a hematoma, and can occur on any body part, not just the brain.
A brain contusion can be serious and sometimes fatal. Those with a brain contusion may lose consciousness and have symptoms such as vomiting, headache, difficulty with coordination, muscle weakness, numbness, drowsiness, and confusion. If you or loved one suffered a brain contusion in a Florida accident, a brain injury attorney can help you understand your rights and determine if you are entitled to receive compensation for your injury.
How Brain Contusions Can Happen
A contusion can occur when the head experiences a sudden jolt, or it’s jerked so violently that the brain knocks back and forth or side to side against the skull. For example, this could happen if your head strikes the dashboard of your car.
Once injured, the brain continues to swell and puts pressure on the skull. A blood clot can form and cause further complications. The outcome and treatment needed varies depending on the severity of the injury and the person’s specific condition. Some brain contusions are fatal, and others cause life-long problems.
Brain contusions can result from auto, workplace, slip and fall, and sports-related accidents. They may happen due to the negligence of another party and cause life-altering consequences. A person with a brain contusion will need immediate medical attention and should be taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer
In addition to seeking medical attention, you should contact a brain injury attorney after the accident to help with your case and obtain fair compensation. In Florida, if another party was negligent and caused your injury, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Medical expenses and treatment
- Loss of income and future earnings
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
If you or a loved one suffered a brain contusion and need legal help, contact Browning Law Firm. To set up a free, no obligation consultation, fill out our online contact form, or call us today.