An intracranial brain hemorrhage (IBH) is a serious traumatic brain injury that can occur from a blow to the head or from a sudden and/or violent head movement. When an intracranial brain hemorrhage occurs, it causes bleeding within the skull. Ruptured blood vessels can cause the brain to bleed severely. The brain can be damaged by the pressure of the blood buildup and by blood clots. If the bleeding isn’t stopped quickly, there can be brain damage, unconsciousness or death. Immediate surgery may be required to stop the bleeding, to remove any blood clots and to drain excess blood from the skull so it won’t cause additional damage.
What Causes An Intracranial Brain Hemorrhage?
IBH can be caused by physician misdiagnosis, a physician’s failure to diagnose or by an accidental head injury. When there is bleeding in the brain as a result of head trauma, it causes pressure on the brain because the blood has nowhere to go and the skull won’t expand to accommodate it. After an injury that causes an IBH, the brain may also swell. This causes additional pressure on the brain, especially around the eye sockets. The pressure can pinch the optic nerve and cause problems with vision. The blood can also burst suddenly into the brain tissue, damaging the brain and causing stroke-like symptoms. Common causes of an IBH include:
- Automobile, motorcycle and bicycle accidents
- Construction site hard hat accidents
- Falling objects
- Sports injuries
- Workplace accidents
- Helmet defects
- Slip and fall accidents
- Violent assault and/or battery
What Are The Symptoms Of An Intracranial Brain Hemorrhage?
The buildup of blood creates intracranial pressure that can limit the supply of oxygen to the brain. This, in turn, can cause brain damage and nerve damage. After a head injury, stroke-like symptoms can appear suddenly, or they can present themselves down the road. Common indications of an IBH include:
- Problems with vision
- Severe headaches with sudden onset
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble swallowing
- Problems with balance and coordination
- Problems with speech, understanding, reading comprehension and writing
- Weakness in arms and legs
- Paralysis or tingling of the face, leg or arm, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, memory loss, problems with reasoning
- Depression, mood swings or emotional problems
- Sleepiness, lethargy or apathy
Brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose. They often go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed, even with the help of high-tech imaging equipment. Additionally, someone who has suffered an IBH may not develop symptoms for days or even weeks after the injury has occurred.
How Much Compensation Can An IBH Victim Claim?
Depending on the extent of the injuries, victims may be awarded compensation for the following:
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life
- Lifetime care costs
- Present and future medical bills
- Rehabilitation and recuperation costs
How An Intracranial Brain Hemorrhage Lawyer Can Help
If you or a loved one have suffered an IBH as a result of a misdiagnosis, a head injury or negligence, you are entitled to receive full compensation for your injuries. Contact us for a free consultation and for help with your case. As a contingency fee law firm, you will pay no fees unless you win, and your fees will not be payable until you receive settlement.