What Wisconsin Riders Should Know About Intracranial Hematoma Injuries

You may know that you are hurt soon after your motorcycle crash, or symptoms of your severe, possibly life-threatening intracranial hematoma may not appear for weeks after the accident. Whether you are diagnosed right away or sometime after the wreck, it is critical to understand the injury that you face.

Three Types of Intracranial Hematomas

An intracranial hematoma occurs when blood collects within the skull after a blow or hit to the head. Different types of intracranial hematomas may occur, including:

  • Subdural hematomas. These injuries occur when a blood vessel or vein ruptures between your brain and the membranes that surround your brain. As the blood collects, it puts pressure on your brain. A subdural hematoma may cause brain injury or death.
  • Epidural hematoma. An epidural hematoma, also known as an extradural hematoma, occurs when a blood vessel, such as an artery, bursts between the membrane that surrounds the brain and the skull. This causes pressure to be put on the brain. Often, these injuries result in loss of consciousness immediately after the motorcycle crash.
  • Intracerebral hematoma. Intracerebral hematomas occur when the blood vessel bursts inside the brain tissue. One motorcycle crash can result in multiple intracerebral hematomas.

Intracranial Hematoma Symptoms

You may seem fine after your motorcycle accident and in the days or weeks to follow, or you may suffer immediate symptoms of an intracranial hematoma. Typically, intracranial hematoma symptoms will worsen as more blood collects under your skull and the pressure increases on your brain.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you may experience the following symptoms of an intracranial hematoma as the pressure mounts:

  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Unequal pupil size
  • Slurred speech
  • Partial paralysis
  • Weakness
  • Seizures

Treatment for Intracranial Hematomas

Before you can begin treatment for an intracranial hematoma, you need to see a doctor for a diagnosis. It's a good idea to see a doctor right away and to mention that you hit your head during the motorcycle crash. If your symptoms are not yet present, then you should watch carefully for the symptoms described above and share the symptoms with a relative or friend who can keep an eye on you over the next few weeks and get you immediate medical treatment if you need it.

If a doctor suspects that you have an intracranial hematoma, then imaging tests, including CT scans, MRIs, and angiograms, may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis.

Once your condition is diagnosed, treatment may begin. Treatment may include surgery, hospitalizations, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, and your recovery may take a long time.

Potential Compensation for Intracranial Hematomas

Your motorcycle accident recovery depends on how your intracranial hematoma and other motorcycle accident injuries impacted your life. If someone else's negligence caused your motorcycle crash, then you should recover compensation for your past and future:

  • Medical expenses, including hospitalizations, surgeries, medical appointments, medications, rehabilitation therapies, and assistive equipment
  • Lost income for any wages, benefits, bonuses, or income from self-employment that you cannot earn because of your injuries
  • Out-of-pocket losses for property equipment, household help, home modifications, or other expenses related to your accident injuries
  • Pain and suffering for your physical pain and emotional suffering

Additionally, if your loved one died because of a motorcycle accident intracranial hematoma, then you may recover additional damages for funeral costs and your family's suffering.

Protect Your Wisconsin Motorcycle Accident Recovery

Whether you are recovering from an intracranial hematoma or grieving for your loved one who died from an intracranial hematoma, our Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help you.

We are proud to be one of the top motorcycle injury litigation law firms in the United States. So far, we've helped more than 4,000 injured riders make fair recoveries after motorcycle accidents. Additionally, many of our lawyers are also riders, and we are committed to supporting other riders who are hurt by other motorists' negligent actions.

Call us or reach out to us through this website today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us. We would be happy to meet with you by phone, video, or in our Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, or Wausau office.


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