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What is a brain contusion?

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2023 | Personal Injury

One of the many medical risks people face is a traumatic brain injury. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of child and young adult mortality rates. More than a million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year and, while many people suffer fatal injuries, a fraction of victims do seek hospitalization and survive, but continue to suffer from long-term injuries and disabilities.  

A traumatic brain injury isn’t just a single injury resulting from a blow to the head. Several kinds of head and brain injuries people could suffer from are considered traumatic. One notable traumatic brain injury is a contusion. 

A contusion occurs when the brain bruises, much like a bruise on your leg when you hit it on a coffee table. As a result, the brain may swell and clot, leading to a hemorrhage. The brain may then leak blood, which would require surgery and medication. 

How does a brain contusion happen?

More than not, a contusion happens when someone suffers from a blow to the head, as stated above. One of the many ways someone could suffer a blow to their head would be during a car, motorcycle or trucking accident. Even if the car’s airbag deploys, it may only reduce some injuries and still result in the victim’s head slamming into their seat, door or window.

Can you prevent a contusion?

In an extreme case, you could constantly wear a helmet to protect yourself from head injuries, however, even sports players who are required to wear helmets can suffer from traumatic brain injuries. 

Your best option may likely be knowing your legal options. If you do suffer from a contusion or any other traumatic brain injury after a vehicle collision, you’ll likely need surgery, medication and therapy, which can quickly build up your legal debt. As a result, you may need to seek compensation for your injuries.