If you suffered a blow to your head in a car accident, the result may be a life-altering intracranial hematoma, or blood clot. A hematoma is caused by bleeding on the brain and blood collection within the skull.
In some cases, a serious hematoma can lead to permanent damage to brain tissue—or death.
Hematomas Caused by Car Accidents
Hematomas or blood clots are most commonly caused by a closed head injury when there's a blow to the head when it smashes against a hard object in a crash.
This may cause blood vessels to rupture and a blood clot to form at the location of the bleeding.
Here are the different types of hematomas you could suffer:
- Subdural hematoma. This type of hematoma occurs when blood vessels between the dura—which is the three membranes covering the brain—and the brain rupture and cause pressure on the brain.
- Epidural hematoma. If the bleed occurs between the dura and the skull, it's referred to as an epidural hematoma. The blood clots can form a mass that puts pressure on the brain, which is immediately life-threatening.
- Intracerebral hematoma. An intracerebral hematoma develops when the ruptured blood vessels and blood clot occurs deep in the brain. It can be one of the most difficult to treat.
Symptoms of an Intracranial Hematoma
Symptoms can develop immediately or over days, weeks, or longer. As pressure on the brain increases, you could experience these symptoms:
- Headaches that increase in frequency
- Progressive loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
Immediate Medical Care Is Essential
If you or someone you love received a blow to the head in a car accident, it's critical to seek prompt medical care, regardless of whether hematoma symptoms are present. As the blood bleed and blot clots continue to develop, a hematoma can quickly escalate into a life-threatening emergency that can cause permanent brain damage or be fatal. You want to do everything you can to prevent this from happening.
You Could Suffer Life-Long Brain Injuries Caused by a Hematoma
Intracranial hematomas are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Depending on the severity, the condition could be permanent and have far-reaching effects on an individual's ability to work and take care of day-to-day needs. A TBI often causes changes to vision, hearing, mobility, reasoning, memory, concentration, and other cognitive and emotional abilities. These changes may evolve into permanent disabilities.
Did you or a loved one suffer an intracranial hematoma in a car accident caused by a negligent driver? Our experienced and compassionate car accident attorneys understand the importance of obtaining the full amount of injury compensation so lifelong needs are met. To discuss legal options for recovery, contact us online or call our office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule a free case evaluation.