A brain haemorrhage (a type of stroke) or bleed on the brain usually occurs between your skull and your brain’s covering. It can also occur between this covering’s layers, between your brain and the covering or within your brain itself. When a brain haemorrhage occurs, blood from a traumatic injury or an aneurysm irritates brain tissue and causes a cerebral oedema (swelling). As it pools, the bleed on the brain also accumulates into a mass known as a haematoma. These conditions combine to increase the pressure on adjoining brain tissue, which in turn reduces blood flow and kills off brain cells.
Symptoms of a bleed on the brain
Symptoms indicating a possible bleed on or in the brain include:
- Abnormal sense of taste
- Changes in vision
- Decreased alertness
- Difficulty in reading or writing
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Hand tremors
- Loss of balance
- Difficulty in understanding speech or speaking
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of coordination or fine motor skills
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Numbness or tingling
- Seizures (without previous seizure history)
- Sudden severe headaches
- Weakness in a leg or arm
If one or a combination of two or more of these symptoms are present it is vital to get immediate assistance by trained medical personnel (i.e. dial 999).
Causes of a bleed on the brain
A brain haemorrhage or bleed on the brain may be caused by head trauma like that experienced by boxers receiving blows to the head or a head injury caused by a:
- Slip, trip or fall
- Road traffic accident
- Accident at work
It may also be caused by an aneurysm, the bursting and bleeding into the brain of an already weakened, swollen blood vessel in the brain. Aneurysms may also be caused by accidents or repeated blows to the head during a boxing contest.
Your right to claim
If you suffered an aneurysm or brain haemorrhage because of a boxing contest or indeed any other type of accident and this accident was caused by someone else, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Speak to our Accident Advice Helpline advisors today to learn more about making compensation claims by calling us on 0800 689 0500 (from UK landlines) or 0333 500 0993 (number for calls from mobiles). Your call will be kept strictly confidential and you will be under no obligation to pursue a claim with us at any point during or after your call.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice