What is a Brain Contusion Accident Injury?
A brain contusion is a type of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines a “brain contusion” as a “bruise on the brain.” This means that blood leaking from nearby veins has mixed with brain tissue. Brain contusions are most often found in cortical tissue – in areas that are near sharp ridges on the inside of the skull. Our attorneys have represented many people in a Minnesota accident with this type of injury.
A brain contusion may occur when the head sustains a blow or trauma, or if there is a sudden, violent motion that causes the brain to be thrown against the inside of the skull.
Common causes of brain contusions include car accidents, falls, assaults and sports-related accidents. The most common cause of a traumatic brain injury is a motor vehicle accident, accounting for almost half of all TBIs that require hospitalization. This is not surprising when you consider the speed at which modern trucks and cars can travel. However, a brain contusion can even occur in a slow-speed crash.
Our experienced TBI lawyers have represented many clients in MN who have sustained a permanent brain injury in a minor collision with very little damage to their vehicle. A number of factors dictate whether a person’s brain will be injured in an auto accident: the mechanics of the crash, the positioning of a person’s body and head, and whether or not the head struck something within the vehicle in the collision.
What are the Symptoms of a Brain Contusion?
Signs and symptoms of a brain contusion may include any of the following:
- Memory problems
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Concentration problems
- Light sensitivity
- Noise sensitivity
- Sleep problems
- Ringing in the ears (may lead to chronic tinnitus)
- Behavioral issues, such as irritability and depression.
Compensation for Brain Contusion – Minnesota Accident Injury Lawyers
The brain controls every function of our body. This is why brain contusions and other brain injuries can have such a life-altering effect on a person. If you or a loved one has suffered such an injury due to the negligent or careless act of another in a car accident, or any type of accident, you may pursue damages for:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills (brain contusions sometimes require delicate, risky surgeries)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Wrongful death damages
When you retain a top brain injury attorney at the Rochlin Law Firm, we work hard to build a successful case designed to obtain full compensation for all these losses. Whether it’s a head injury from a car or truck accident, a fall, or other type of accident in Minnesota, the brain injury lawyers at our firm have the legal knowledge and medical insight necessary to obtain full and fair compensation for what may be a lifetime of challenges. Call us for a free consultation with a lawyer. We will answer your brain contusion questions and make sure your rights are protected.