When someone suffers a head injury, perhaps in a car accident, it’s very important for them to get medical care as quickly as possible. People are sometimes tempted to put this off, either because they don’t want the expense or because they don’t think the injury is serious. But that’s a very risky gamble when considering head injuries because a brain injury may have occurred.
For instance, one type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is known as a subdural hematoma. This happens when there is bleeding in the tissues that surround the brain, and excessive bleeding continues to put more and more pressure on the brain. This can make the symptoms worse, and could eventually lead to serious ramifications or even death.
Someone may not know that they have a subdural hematoma immediately upon being injured. They may just think that they have a mild headache and then go home to sleep it off. But if that bleeding continues while they are asleep, they could pass away before anyone realizes how serious the TBI really is.
Medical care is expensive
As noted above, some people will avoid a trip to the hospital because of the expense, and there’s no getting around the fact that medical care can be prohibitively expensive. This is especially true for things like a traumatic brain injury or any type of injury that needs surgery.
Fortunately, there are legal options that people can use to seek financial compensation when they deserve it. For instance, if the other driver caused the accident that led to those injuries, then the injured party and their family may be able to get financial compensation. Everyone needs to know exactly what legal options they have.