An employee who suffers a work-related brain injury may need extensive treatment and an extended period of time off work for treatment and recovery.
A work-related head or brain injury can have life altering consequences for the injured worker. One of the most serious effects of brain trauma is a complication known as intracerebral hemorrhage, which if left untreated can lead to death.
Intracerebral hemorrhage is a type of hemorrhagic stroke, which can be caused by a number of factors, the most common one being head injuries. Intracerebral hemorrhage causes bleeding within the brain and eventually causes the death of surrounding cells. Bleeding within the brain tissues can lead to further complications such as stroke and temporary and permanent loss of brain function.
Signs and Symptoms of Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Intracerebral hemorrhage involves brain damage and the symptoms may appear in a number of ways. Some patients may experience mild symptoms, while others may show severe symptoms requiring urgent medical intervention. Common symptoms of intracerebral hemorrhage include:
- severe headaches, which does not subside with regular painkillers
- extreme nausea and vomiting
- loss of fine motor skills or motor functions
- loss of coordination and balance
- loss of consciousness
- decrease in awareness
Diagnosis of Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Intracerebral hemorrhage is hard to diagnose, because the symptoms mimic many other conditions related to brain damage. Imaging techniques are used to diagnose an intracerebral hemorrhage. An MRI or CT scan may be used to detect bleeding and assess damage to the brain tissue. Depending on the results of the imaging tests, a doctor would be able to tell what part of the brain has been damaged and recommend the appropriate treatment accordingly.
Treatment of Intracerebral Hemorrhage
- prescription painkillers, corticosteroids, diuretics
- anticonvulsants in case the patient is having seizures
Intracerebral Hemorrhage and Workers’ Compensation
An employee who suffers a work-related head or brain injury may need to undergo prolonged treatment and may need an extended period of time off work for treatment and recovery. The injured employee can seek medical and temporary or permanent disability benefits under the workers’ compensation system. If you feel you are not getting the best medical treatment or your full benefits, immediately consult an experienced Missouri workers’ compensation lawyer for help. Call The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300 for a case evaluation.