What’s a secondary brain injury?

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One thing victims of motorcycle accidents already know is that there is a risk of brain injury if they hit their heads. With these injuries come many symptoms and side effects. That’s not the only problem, though.

After the initial brain injury, there is a potential for secondary brain injury. These injuries are a result of the body becoming inflamed and responding to the primary injury. This causes excess fluids and nutrients to gather around the point of injury. This causes excess pressure in the skull, which can become dangerous and can even be life-threatening if the swelling continues.

Swelling from a secondary brain injury can occur up to five days after the initial injury. During this time, patients, their families and doctors all need to keep a watchful eye on the victims to make sure they are not showing signs of worsening injury.

What are some signs of brain trauma?

Initial and secondary brain injuries can cause:

  • Fatigue
  • Poor attention
  • Loss of balance
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness

Every patient presents with symptoms differently and at rates that may vary. This is why the first 24 to 48 hours are vital in brain injury cases since the medical team has the chance to intervene and prevent excessive pressure on the brain due to swelling.

If you suffer a brain injury, you need to get help as soon as possible. An early treatment plan in place can help you avoid severe secondary injuries in some cases. If someone else was responsible for your or a loved one’s brain injury, by seeking compensation via a lawsuit, you may be able to recover some of the costs of medical care and other expenses.