Brain Swelling After Head Injury
It is important to note firstly that head injury refers to an injury of the brain caused by some form of accident or assault. The most common causes of head injury are suffered during a car collision or because of a fall, but the brain can become damaged in a variety of ways. Medical professionals prefer the term ‘head injury’ to ‘brain damage’ because of the fantastic healing powers of the brain.
Most people recover fully from a head injury, but no one can predict the outcome of a serious head injury. The first couple of days following an accident are critical because of the potential of swelling on the brain. Even if a patient survives the initial harrowing period, they must be closely monitored for the continuing days or even weeks.
Brain swelling or cerebral edema is usually the result of many different types of injury to the brain. Brain swelling can cause excessive pressure in the head and if not controlled properly, can result in death.
To control the amount of pressure the on the brain the patient will usually require 24/7 attention in an intensive care unit and constant professional aid. Sadly, some types of brain swelling cannot be controlled and the patient dies.
It is paramount that if you, a family member or a friend have suffered a head injury due to an accident that wasn’t your fault that you contact a reputable personal injury solicitor. Your solicitor will fight your case on a no win, no fee basis in order to get you or the injured person 100% of the compensation deserved. The compensation could be critical in helping to provide support, pay for medical bills and treatments, cover any loss of earnings and help with the day to day struggle of coping with head injury.