Contusions after Seattle Traffic Accidents More Common than You May Think
A cerebral contusion is a bruise or damaged blood vessels in the brain and is a common car accident injury. But this is not a bruise like one you would get on your knee after falling off your skateboard or bike. Bruising of the brain is much more serious and it is not difficult to see why this would be a dangerous condition. The brain is responsible for the proper functioning of the entire body. If the brain is damaged, then its functions may be affected. Unfortunately, what many people mistake for just a headache or even a concussion is actually internal bleeding of the brain.
Don’t Risk Brain Health after an Auto Accident
Car accidents involve the impact of one vehicle into another, or worse, into a pedestrian or bicyclist. Such force can cause a wide range of injuries, as the car accident legal team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., knows all too well.
Cerebral contusions are actually more common than people realize, but they are not always identified right away because injured victims may pass off the symptoms as just a temporary side-effect of the crash. This is why it is necessary to seek medical attention right away after an accident, even if you "feel fine." If you let a cerebral contusion go untreated, it may potentially cause long-term cognitive, emotional, and other issues.
Know What to Look For
Being aware of the symptoms of a cerebral contusion can help make sure that you get medical attention when it is most helpful. Any injury can cause future problems if ignored. Common symptoms of a contusion, which may be similar to those of a concussion, include:
- Dizziness and/or vomiting;
- Memory loss;
- Focusing problems;
- Decreased coordination and/or muscle weakness;
- Mood issues such as irritation and aggravation;
- Consistent restlessness; and/or
- Problems with speaking or understanding speech.
Knowing what the symptoms of a contusion are is not a substitute for a professional medical diagnosis. You should always see a doctor to identify the problem. Other than the fact that a doctor will be able to get you onto the road to recovery, medical evidence is necessary should you decide to take legal action against the party at fault for your injuries.
Legal Help is Available
Recovering from a brain injury is not easy. You’ll need the proper care and support, and to get those services, you need the money. At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., our car accident brain injury lawyers in Seattle can help you identify the person at-fault for your accident and hold them accountable for the injuries you’ve suffered. Call us today to learn more about your legal options at (888) 228-3860. The initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose.