A contusion differs from a concussion; a person may have a concussion and a contusion at the same time. A contusion is a bruise (internal bleeding) occurring on the brain. The bruise occurs when a trauma to the head causes microhemorrhages, that is, blood vessels leaking into brain tissue. Contusions are often more serious than concussions.
A person with a contusion may be unconscious longer and exhibit more serious brain injury symptoms, including:
- Blurred or double vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound
- Difficulty speaking or walking
The hemorrhages resulting from a contusion may increase intracranial pressure, causing further damage by forcing the delicate brain tissue against the rough inside of the skull. If you or someone you know may have suffered a contusion, you should seek medical help immediately.
Prognosis for Contusion Patients
The prognosis for contusion patients varies upon the severity of the brain injury. Minor contusions typically heal on their own without medical treatment. However, severe contusions can have brain injury complications including herniated of the brain and coma.
If you or a loved one suffered a contusion, you may be eligible for a brain injury lawsuit. Brain injury patients may recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering with the help of a knowledgeable attorney. To speak with a brain injury lawyer near you, fill out our free case review form on the right.