After you were involved in a car crash, you had a horrible headache. You had been involved in crashes before, so you assumed that you had whiplash and that the headache would improve with some muscle relaxants and rest. Unfortunately, it only continued to worsen over time.
After you realized that you were struggling to speak normally, you had a friend take you to the emergency room. There, you were admitted for a suspected stroke caused by an intracerebral hemorrhage.
An intracerebral hemorrhage is just the medical term to explain that you’ve had a bleed on your brain. As a result of the trauma to your skull and brain, a blood vessel has ruptured and requires treatment. Fortunately, you had a slow bleed, which means that you had time to seek emergency care. In a worst-case scenario, the hemorrhage can happen so quickly that it’s fatal.
Brain bleeds are medical emergencies, which is one reason why people are told that they should go to the hospital following a crash, especially if they’ve hit their heads. The effects of the bleed can get worse as the bleeding continues over time, which puts pressure on the brain. A loss of circulation along with additional pressure often damages the brain cells and leads to brain death to some degree.
Will you need surgery for a hemorrhage?
Many people do need to have surgery to correct the hemorrhage but not everyone. Your medical team will perform imaging tests and determine if the injury is beginning to heal on its own or if it requires surgery to repair the bleed.
This can be an expensive surgery, which is one reason to keep your attorney informed. They can help you file a claim to seek compensation for all of the care you need as a result of the collision.